“Oh I love it, Dianna” she beamed and bopped her head in sync with the beat.
The way her eyes lit up when she heard it, Daily Cup family, just warmed my heart.
Today, for the first time, my mother Annie heard the song, “Soon” that I recorded in her honor and will release to you on October 23rd. I have been reserving it for the right time, and now is the time.
On one part of the song, Mom slipped her hand up in praise while that glowing smile lit up my world. My heart danced within me as I glanced over at her in the passenger seat rejoicing and enjoying the melody.
We were riding to WUFO’s radio station—the same place I broadcast my daily show CROSS CULTURE IN HD. Mom was about to record her story to be aired as a part of a breast cancer awareness campaign for Western NY.
It was a full circle moment for me.
By that I mean, everything right then seemed to come together and make sense.
You see, when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer last year, our family was very concerned. Her battle was so fierce that, at times, it seemed like the treatment itself was sucking the very life out of her.
We honestly couldn’t tell if she would be able to physically tolerate and withstand the horrible side effects of her chemotherapy, coupled with the serious infections that were raging through her body.
To see her lying there helpless, burning up with fever, losing weight, unable to eat, and sometimes crying and groaning from the pain, was almost too much to bear.
But God kept her through it.
All the trips back and forth to the hospital, and periods of uncertainty when doctors were baffled, were all very difficult to handle.
But something awesome came out of that trial.
My mother, after all the suffering, walked away with a mighty testimony of deliverance. Through a radio campaign aimed at thousands of listeners, my warrior mom and brave breast cancer survivor will encourage others who need to know that things will work out, and that God is so able.
“Soon,” my song of encouragement that I had been sitting on for years finally gained new life. I stopped finding reasons to withhold it and re-recorded the melody. I know God will use it to bless many.
I smiled as I drove along.
I was genuinely thrilled by the moment and in awe of both God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. Though sorrow and suffering created that moment, the sheer bliss and joy of knowing experientially that out of adversity comes victory, is indescribably wonderful.
As you read this, I want you to know beyond any doubt that something good will come out of what you’re going through right now. It’s not all for nothing. It’s not in vain. God is working through this to build you up, mature you, and birth your ministry.
Just as golden olive oil is produced by crushing olives with an oil press, so too is the oil of the anointing produced in our lives through a crushing process.
Just know. The journey will not crush or destroy you. Rather, it will squeeze out the treasure that is within, as well as strengthen and build you up. To remind you of this, I’m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 into your cup of inspiration. It says, “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be encouraged and inspired to know that the best outcomes often emerge from the worst circumstances. Through suffering, you will be strengthened, established, and perfected.
Better days are ahead if you hold on and don’t quit.
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for letting me know that, after this, joy awaits. No matter how bad it seems, I believe that something good is coming out of my circumstances. Right now, oh God, I stand on Your word that assures me that all things work together for the good of them that love You and are called according to Your purpose. Thank you Lord. I am praising You in advance for my victorious outcome! In Jesus' name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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