Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The View From the Other Side

One of my favorite books is "The Secret Place of Strength" by Marie Chapian. It never fails to give me hope and to remind me of who God is. I don't think it's in print anymore, but if you ever come across a copy of it, you should buy it!

This is what I read from Ms. Chapian today:

Who reaches the peaks of high mountains?
Who is able to describe for us the distant side of treacherous cliffs?
Who dares to climb higher, press farther, endure the tempest of great heights?
You can.
Will you endure the storm?
Will you engage in the climb?
The mountain waits.
Climb above the sharp stones of trial and loss;
invest in joy.
Refuse to give in to temptations and despair.
Renounce self-pity.
It imprisons you.
Your heart was meant to soar with joy.
Do not allow fear to capture your best, to paralyze your strength.
Keep climbing!
Reach the heights!
I have a mountaintop reserved just for you.

When I was first diagnosed with cancer I received a message from a woman I've never met. She and her husband had both battled cancer at the same time. They are both alive and well today. Her words stuck with me. She said that the road would be long and the climb would be steep, but the view from the other side is amazing - looking back and seeing the work of God's hand in your life. I think that is what Ms. Chapian is talking about here too, "Who is able to describe for us the distant side of treacherous cliffs?" Only those who've made the journey. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to make the journey. I can't wait to see the view from the other side!

"No weapon forged against you will prevail,"  Isaiah 54:17a

"How beautiful is the person who comes over the mountains to bring good news, who announces peace and brings good news, who announces salvation and says to Jerusalem, 'Your God is King.'"   Isaiah 52:7


  1. This is inspiring, Thank you! Still praying for you! God bless!

  2. Laura,
    I know we don't know personally, but I continue to lift you up and pray for healing for you! Thanks for blessing us through God's truths as you walk this journey!
    Wendy Ingram

  3. Laura,
    You will never know how much today's entry meant to me. I do not know if you remember me from a few days ago, but I was the one that found your blog through several different websites that eventally lead me to you. I have cancer myself and I had a major decision to make tonight. It was a very hard decision in my flesh. Once I made it, I read this entry and it was confirmation that I made the correct decision. THANK YOU FOR OBEYING the LORD!
    I am still praying for you!
    Maybe one day I will share with you my testimony about the wonderful journey that God has taken me through with cancer! I am looking forward to viewing it from the other side of the mountain!

    God Bless,
    D Thomas
    WA state

  4. My soul wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation. He is my defense. I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory. The rock of my strength and my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, ye people. Pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us.
    ... Psalm 62:5-8

  5. Laura & Mark,

    I was reading a devotional this morning and I wanted to share the last 3 sentences of it with you.

    By Doris Hoase

    How much lighter trials become when we realize God's grace is twofold. It is not only the happy ending. It is also the peace we can feel during a painful journey, when we trust in God-all the way.

    Praying for y'all daily and looking forward to your "Happy Ending".

    Paula Petritz

  6. Laura,

    I am inspired by your postings. My family attends Champion Forest and we prayed for you this past Wednesday. I had no idea you were going through this. My sister, Lyn was given the same news (Stage III rectal cancer) four years ago when she was 46. With the Lord's love and grace she beat it and has been cancer free for over three years now. To God be the glory. She lives just up 290 from you at 1488 and if you have any questions she gave my permission to share her email with you. It is and she was a wonderful loving wife, mother, daughter and sister. Even if you just need someone to talk to that has been through what you are going through right now she is there. If you would like her phone number please email me at and I will provide that to you as well.

    We are praying for you and your family!!

    In Him,