First, thank you for being patient this week. I love this blog. Sharing my story as I journey through Stage IV cancer with you. This week has been my toughest post-Chemo week yet. Your prayers were loved, felt and appreciated. Stepping away for a couple of days was hard but a must do. My amazing sister ended a text of encouragement to me by saying this – “you’re a threat to the devil”. That brought a tear. How amazing to fight through this week. Then hear. You’re a threat. To the devil. My goal. My ambition.
Yesterday, one of my amazing friends – let’s call him “Dr. Aaron Unscripted” texted me some encouragement. A prescription – let’s call it. This was in the form of 5 powerful songs. He said – “Pay attention to #5. One of my favorite “worship” songs. If Jesus wrote me a letter, I hope this would be it”. So I took Dr Aaron Unscripted’s Rx and listened. As it began, I thought “worship song? this is Billy Joel”. But I followed his advice. I cast it on to the TV. Then volume went up. As “Just the way you are” began playing. I listened. Eventually – I had to wipe a tear. “Just the way you are”. That’s how Jesus takes us. We don’t need to “straighten it all up first”. He takes us. He loves us. Just the way we are. As I listened – I began to feel a spirit of worship. As I felt those tears slide down my cheek, I heard it. I felt it. I knew it.
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far, mmm
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are
I said I love you, that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart, mmm
I couldn’t love you any better
I love you just the way you are, right
Yes, that’s Jesus. To us. A reminder of the letter He would write. Did write. He takes us all. Just the way you are.
Open your heart. Listen. Hear it. Love it. Trust it. Accept it. ➡️ Just The away You Are by billy joel
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