by Pat Cocuzza
I'd like to begin my praise story with; I am a breast cancer survivor of 16 years. I say this right away so that you won't feel sorry for me because it is past history.
Prior to 2002, I had begun a closer relationship with God. I had been attending bible studies and realized how much God loved me and how important He is in my life. So when I was told that I had breast cancer, I admit I was shocked and afraid. I pleaded with God to let me live, I wanted to see my grandchildren. It was too soon. Though that afternoon was full of fear and uncertainty for myself and my family, the day was over and a new day began. My life had not changed. I still got up made breakfast and continued my day and the next and so on. I thank God that I had people in my life that I turned to for prayer and support.
God was and is my strength.
God is always there waiting for me to realize that I can always turn to Him. "So be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you or abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Right after I was diagnosed, I was at a church service and one of the readings were Psalm 103:1 and 3 "Let all that I am praise the Lord with my whole heart. I will praise His holy name. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.” I felt God was letting me know He heard me.
It has been many years since and my relationship with God has grown. Spending time with Him in prayer and attending bible studies has increased my joy and faith in God and my Savior Jesus Christ. One of my studies and book that I read was the "The Circle Maker" by Pastor Mark Batterson. I learned to circle my family and friends in prayer for their redemption, health, protection, etc. One of my prayer requests was to be blessed with grandchildren. My faith and trust continued to grow through my prayers and time spent with God. The first prayer asking for grandchildren was in 2002 when I was diagnosed and neither of my sons were married. When I prayed again asking God to circle them with blessings, protection and health and praying for a grandchild, God answered my prayer. Within a year of my prayer requests, I was blessed with the announcement that I was to be a grandmother and my grandson was born on January 1st, 2017.
God hears our prayers and answers in His time. I had learned trust and patience.
One final note on God answering prayers. My father's name was John. He passed away when I was very young. I thought it would be nice to have the baby named John though I never mentioned this to my son and daughter-in-law. They told us of their decision to name the baby Ian Tyler when we were vacationing together. When I returned to work I told my friends the baby's name was Ian Tyler. We decided to look up what the name means. Ian is Scottish for John. And the name Ian means a gift from God. What overwhelming joy I felt when I heard this. To know God hears us and answers our prayers. Only God can grant our prayers when we are faithful and if it is for our good. Isaiah 30: 18-19 "So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion for the Lord is a faithful God."
Have you had a time in your life that you had to put your trust in the Lord and patiently wait for His answers? Have you experienced God's answers and was it the answers you wanted or needed? Comment below.
1/14/2019 11:07:52 am
Recently, I have had to have patience and trust in God with work. I signed up to be a dog sitter on an app called Rover. I signed up in November. I had waited and waited. I was very anxious to work. But I was also going through a lot of stress at home around that time. My mental illness got very severe around that time. I was thinking about taking the app off my phone because no one messaged me at all. This past Thursday, i got the opportunity to watch someone's dog over the weekend and they live 0.5 miles away from where i live! I trusted that God would provide for me and he knew when I would be ready.
1/18/2019 01:50:17 pm
Dear Kristy, you are absolutely correct, all in God’s time. We need to be patient. Rent, we at HLS are here to support you with prayers. God bless.
1/18/2019 02:05:17 pm
Thank you for your comments. It’s not always easy to be patient and let God’s plan happen. He knows what is best for us. After all He loves us unconditionally. God bless. Pat
1/18/2019 12:53:34 pm
Thank you Pat for sharing your beautiful story. My take away at this point in my life is how God has answered your prayers and the love you had from your community. You believed God would answer and his faithfulness came through again! Your community of friends in Bible Study are also so important as we go through life. God is so faithful and good! xx
1/18/2019 02:10:14 pm
Thank you for your response. I have grown in my relationship with God. He has put beautiful Christian sisters in my life besides a loving family. God bless. Pat
1/18/2019 01:47:39 pm
I have known you for a very long time now, my best friend and sister ❤️ I have watched your faith grow and grow. God is so good. He leads and guides. You have prayed and asked for prayers from your sisters in HLS, and waited on the Lord with grace. Thank you for sharing your story. Love you 😘❤️
1/18/2019 02:14:31 pm
Thank you Mari. You are an amazing woman and a good example of trusting God. I am blessed to know you. God bless. Pat
1/19/2019 10:51:06 am
Dear Pattie, what a beautiful story of trust, and waiting on the Lord! He blesses those who wait on Him with unshakable faith and hopeful expectation. My hubby and I have grown and continue to grow in the Lord while in the waiting stage, as Chris continues cancer treatments for over 8 years. Never thought I'd say this, but if it wasn't for this disease I'd never come to experience God's presence and faithfulness to such a degree. He has miraculously touched us both too many times to count. Praise His name, and thanking Him for surrounding me with sisters such as yourself. So humbled! Love you, dee
1/21/2019 10:48:56 am
I agree Dee. God works his plan in our lives. Through trials and joy He uses them for our good. Isn’t it awesome where we are today because of his grace. Thank you for your comments.
1/20/2019 08:46:45 pm
Gods beauty is all around us, through despair, through joy, we just need to trust, abide, listen and be humble . Thank you PST for your honesty and transparency, for your faith and trust and for showing us with beauty looks like xo Junie
1/21/2019 10:54:24 am
I agree Dear June. I enjoy and have comfort knowing He is with me always. I have learned so much through our women’s ministry. Without it I would not have joy and peace my life as I do now. And my relationship with my Lord and Savior would not have grown as it has. Thank you for your comments. Pat
Joanne M. Slawenski
1/21/2019 05:14:08 pm
1/31/2019 09:05:06 am
What a beautiful and encouraging story and testimony of faith. I just love to see when and how the Lord will come through and show us His perfect plan. He always amazes me! Pat thank you for always being such a blessing to me and encouraging me. You have enriched my life especially at Bible Study, you are an awesome host and leader. I love you and I’m blessed to call you my sister in Christ. Xoxo Love you!
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