A New Journey

Today is my birthday, and on it, amidst the business of caring for a family of 13, I begin a new journey. 

It’s not a journey I ever thought I’d have to take. 

Yet it is one God has allowed into my life for a reason. 

And I begin this path willingly and in confidence that God will see me through even this, as He has seen me through so many trials before. 

The doctors say that I have begun my battle with breast cancer. Yet, I know that we wrestle not with flesh and blood. This battle is not mine. It’s God’s. He is fighting for me and already making a way where I can’t see one. 

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12

I don’t have breast cancer by some chance or by some random toss of the die. I have breast cancer because this is a path that God, in His infinite love and grace and provision for me, has allowed me to walk. 

I walk it for Jesus. May He shine brighter through me in my weakness. 

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. – James 1:2-8

This birthday, I’ve been given an incredible gift that will grow my faith, give me wisdom, and prepare me to support someone else who must also walk this path, and draw me closer to my Heavenly Father. 

What better gift could there possibly be than that? 

I praise God for this new journey, and I can’t wait to see all the miracles that lie ahead on its path. 

Blessings All! 

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  1. Diane O'Neal says:

    Diane ~ we have never met; and yet, we have. (I’ve mentioned to another in your extended family that I have adopted you all, and them, too. You all have no choice in the matter.)
    I’m praying you through. What does that mean? It means that even from physically afar, I am where you are in spirit and prayer and heart. I’d choose to be on your doorstep and in your kitchen if I could; or waiting in the next waiting room on your calendar for you to be through w/an appointment or procedure or consultation. It’s not that I’ve had the opportunity to earn that right, but that my heart is there. So many people I’ve discovered I love, are so far from my physical place.
    Prayer for you, your husband, and your children individually as well as collectively, are always on my heart and mind for you all. Praying for your parents and siblings, too.
    Praise God, we can, in fact, praise God.
    Love you all to pieces. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
    ~ Diane

    • Diane says:

      Thank you, sweet Diane, for adopting us. We are blessed by your love for us. ❤️

      We are praying for you too!



  2. Anne Brassard says:

    Diane, I have followed your blog for a long time. I have always been so moved by your faithfulness to be honest in the hard times, especially while navigating the tough, but oh so worth it, roads of adoption. While it is disheartening to hear this news about your cancer, your willingness to accept it as God’s divine plan has already shone His light so brightly in this dark world. Oh, that all would come to this kind of faith and trust, rather than living in fear. We are sojourners on this Earth and know that our true home awaits us when the time is come. I will be praying for you daily and will reflect on the scriptures you have chosen to be your anchor! Well done! (((HUGS)))) from RI.

    • Diane says:

      Thank you so much for your encouragement. God is strong in my weakness, and He blesses me so by all of you! ❤️

      Love and blessings!


    • Diane says:

      Thank you, Penny. It’s a journey that is still unfolding, one day at time. Sometimes I am strong, but moStly I am weak and God is strong in me. 💝



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