Sunday, August 15

For those of you who drop by Joy Treasure weekly, I am sorry I have been away for a while.
While this week has been one of the greatest weeks of my life, it also has been one of the worst.

My father was diagnosed with cancer.

At times I want to cry, and then I want to praise God. But through it all, God has loved on my family through the lives of fellow believers in this short time. I have always been the one on the other side and now I know what it feels like to feel such pain, such sorrow.

We are just beginning to walk on this journey physicians call "treatment" and who knows what each day will hold. It's not fun. It's like a storm cloud follows you around and never leaves. Within this past 24 hour period there have been a roller coaster ride of emotions. I am mentally exhausted. That is what my flesh says.

Now, the Spirit inside says to me, "Lean not on your own understanding, but in all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6). "My burden is light," (Matt. 11:28). "Nothing is impossible with God."

As I was drying my hair this morning, I began to think about Jesus and how He considered the cross set before Him and His asking God to take it away. But He knew ultimately God had appointed this suffering and soon He would be walking toward the cross. He couldn't walk around it, He had to walk through it.

Of the many blessing we have as believers, the one thing we truly have is the presence of God. He is with us. Think about it, the very name of Immanuel, "God with us." Who is like our God? Who can compare?

HE Never leaves us.
HE Goes before us.
HE Guides us.
HE Carry's us.
HE Protects us.
HE Restores us.

Instead of Manna Monday this morning, will you pray for my father? Will you pray for healing and clarity of treatment. Even now as I write, I consider it all joy when trials come our way.
It is my opportunity to press into my Lord and Savior and draw even closer to His side.
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  1. I'm so sorry to hear this, Ashley! I will be praying for him, and for you and your family! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you besides to pray! My parents both have had cancer and both have had full recoveries! God is good, and He will carry you and your family through this no matter the outcome! I love you and am praying for you!


  2. praying. You got it,God with us. thank you for sharing

  3. So sorry to hear Ashley. My father had prostate cancer three years ago. He was diagnosed just before Caleb was born and didn't tell me for several months until he underwent surgery for it (when Caleb was less than three months old). It took alot out of me and our family. He waited to tell me about it b/c he didnt want me to worry about it while I was still preganant and in my final few months. Needless to say, he and caleb have a very special bond. I can see how God has healed my father not only physically (cancer free for three years!), but also spiritually. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Please dont ever hesitate to call me when ever you need someone to talk to! Love you lots!

    Heather Redd

  4. Praying for your family...thanking God for the wisdom, mercy and peace that He's already bestowed over recent days.

  5. oh heart has been so heavy for you! I was so encouraged by your heart continuously being drawn to our Jesus even in this deep trial. I love how God revealed to you that Christ didn't walk "around the cross but through it." Such powerful words!! I haven't done much blog reading lately but I read over your recent posts today and I see God's light shining through your life even in encouraged! Praying for you and your family friend~


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