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31 Days of Pink: Going Public (Repost)

"For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36
I never intended to have such a public battle with breast cancer, I still don't at times. It wasn't a choice, is was a calling.Well, let me rephrase that..I met him at the call and did have to make the choice to follow in obedience or go my own way. Anytime I speak,  I  usually open with  "I am the survivor of many things, as have all of you, breast cancer is just one of them. However, it is the "one" that the Lord chose to use more publicly, more transparently and more for HIS GLORY than any other trial or victory thus far :) It was about Him other way could I have stayed the course!!

Several thoughts on "Going Public" ...
It's not for everyone. I get that. And it doesn't mean that every detail was or is disclosed. Nor does it mean that I only share on social media or blogs.  I have shared just as much of my testimony with so…

Get Your House in Order: Clear

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

Enjoy the wonders of the weekend! God is faithful!
Day#309 Clear Blue Skies Blessings, Suzanne

Get Your House in Order: Good Times

"Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds" Proverbs 27:23

Found this jewel in some pictures today..just a normal day in the neighborhood! As Luke likes to say "Good times, Good times."

And meet our new  Abby's new addition...Clover! Just in time for National Cat Day! He has joined right in the zoo over here!! Very sweet little guy, welcome home, Clover!
Day#307 Focus on the Good Times Blessings, Suzanne

Get Your House in Order: Don't Shoot the Messenger

"Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

God calls us to hard assignments. Just like completing them in school, you must follow all the instructions and more than anything, finish and turn in the assignment. The grade comes only after it is turned in. When you have done your part and there's nothing else to do but give it to the Teacher.

Matthew 14 gave me some insight on just how much our associations, choices and unwavering faith factor in when sharing the gospel. At all cost. And complete the assignment given. We all know John the Baptist. I have read this before but for some reason, this story stuck with me this go round of study. I would love to hear any thoughts. It's been sitting in my "draft box" a while and after rereading tonight, just thought I would share. I am turning in my assignment.

Notes on Matthew 14: Cost of Sin and Choices
Herod had put John the Baptist in jail because o…

Get Your House in Order: Simplify

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be  content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci
Day#305 Back to the Basics Blessings, Suzanne

Get Your House In Order: Order

"Knock and the door will be opened." Luke 11:9

"And he said to them, "Follow me, and  I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
Day#304 All about order Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days Of Pink: Sweet Weekend

"For in him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28

It's been a "sweet" weekend, literally! There is nothing like having a best friend come through town and stop by  just to see you! Shannon and her husband, Stephen were headed to the big game this weekend and we were able to have a late afternoon treat at Steel City Pops! Seems lately we have been talking our way through this season of life. Many texts, quick phone calls, extended phone call are lifelines at times but the Lord just knows when it's time to be together! We have pretty much had a long distance friendship since first grade, and we used to record letters to each other! Atleast texts get there a little quicker..haha! Very thankful for that time:)

Just an hour or so earlier, I had picked up Mom, gone to carpool, dropped Mom and Abby off at the house and headed to meet them. That's the other "sweet" part of the weekend. Mom stayed with us, our first houseguest. Dad went to a re…

31 Days of Pink: Some Milestones...

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17

It really is true..don't blink..they grow up so fast! We had several milestones last week but I never captured them on a post! Luke got braces (again), he had them partially a few years ago and this was phase two. I snapped this picture after his middle school dance yesterday...he said he had such a good time! In the afternoons, he usually gives me a report of his day, and then I quiz a little more. I had to explain to him that girls are just made for more details..haha! He quickly reminded me that guys don't do that. Ahhh, seventh grade.

Abby got her driver's license on her birthday and has been on the road ever since! It has been a game changer around here! This picture is from last week when she went to the pumpkin patch with her discipleship group. She won't be able to drive her car to school until next year…

31 Days of Pink: It's Friday.....

"And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 21:2

Day#301 Overflowing Abundance
Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of PInk: Cancer Connectors

"He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." 2 Corinthians 1:4

About a month or so ago, I dropped a goody basket off at my child's high school for the teachers. Now, let me preface and say it was a work gig, we like to do that at the beginning of a school year in the communities where we have clinics. That covers a lot of schools these days, TherapySouth has grown quite a bit! Anyway, I remember it to be a Friday and I also remember thinking when I pulled in, it was a strange time to be coming there. I had even been there just a few hours earlier (umm, hello morning carpool). Abby politely told me she wouldn't mind if waited to take care of business after she was in the school. Totally get it. I go in, chat a few minutes and as I am walking out, I hear a familiar voice say "she is a cancer survivor and a prayer warrior." I stopped and turned around …

31 Days of Pink: Repost of "Scars"

"I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well."  Psalm 139:14

My scars have healed over time.  The ones left are the reminders  to never take lightly,  the Sovereignty of God. 
Just think of His nail scarred hand.

Day#299 God is Sovereign Thankful Blessings, 

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act." Psalm 37:5

31 Days of Pink: First Scripture on the Blog

Day#298 Memorizing in the car 
Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: On My Nightstand

"Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter;  we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8

Many books end up on my nightstand. Atleast they used to...lately it's just my phone and honestly, it's just not the same. I miss reading. Sure, I usually only get through three pages and start dozing but it's I can pick back up the next night. I begin again. And in the theme of 31 days, the book I was given today is perfect!

"The View From the Front" is the eight month journey through the eyes of her husband, Bill, a testimony to the love expressed by Team Crystal..and the promises of a Big God (taken from the back of the book). I am excited to read a new story and from the perspective of the spouse. Most of all to see the handprint of an Almighty God through the process of breast cancer.

Guess what? In the first chapter, the surgeon's name mentioned happens to be mine as well. Nothing is a coincidence. Well, gotta go so I can read.…

31 Days of Pink: Training

"Trained up a child in the way he should go,  And when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22"6
Day#296  It is well with my soul Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Sweet Tooth

"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth." Psalm 119:103

Thank the Lord for friends that you can walk into their house and say "do you have anything sweet?" Almost before you say hello. Straight to these mini pink cupcakes for the cure! Done. All it took to satisfy that!Thank you, Tiffany:)  I didn't participate in the big pink race this year and honestly I did not even get a walk in today. I am still putting things away in the house and most of the day was spent either looking for items or temporarily storing items in the attic until we do the big renovation. If I ever tell any on you that I am planning on moving again, please redirect me ..haha!

Tis' so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at his word.....that song has been in my heart and on my mind all day. Trusting Jesus is sweet and eternally satisfying. Have you had a sweet tooth lately?

Day#295 Cupcakes Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: TGIF

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

Happy Weekend to you and yours!
Day#294 Seeing clearly is important Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Abby's Sixteenth Birthday

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 (Abby's Favorite Verse)
 Happy sixteenth birthday to miss Abigail Grace, our Abby!! Everything is different this year, new house yet you are no different..still as sweet as you were sixteen years ago, the day I laid eyes on you! How about the decorations, polka dots to match the sheet rock on the walls, might as well go with the theme..haha! It's a tradition to sit at the decorated table and open presents before!
This may go down as the birthday with the worst pictures but we had a great day! I took her to take her driving test (she passed..yay!!) and then headed into work. It sure was nice to send her to the store when I realized right in the middle of the recipe that we needed something else! She requested that we just hang out here tonight and that I make potato soup. Done. Easy peasy. Well, when you have all the ingredients. She gladly went after it and I added …

31 Days of Pink: Five Year News

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives  in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the  aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere."  2 Corinthians 2:14
Here is an article that was written last year in my community newspaper about my  five year mark!Just wanted to share! I hope you are having a great week!
                                           Day#292 He uses it every day
Blessings, Suzanne

NEWSPEOPLESCHOOLSSPORTSBUSINESSESOPINIONEVENTSABOUT US A miracle mark for Vestavia resident by  September 23, 2014 RSS Print Expand Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha. Vestavia Hills resident Suzanne Moore is celebrating five years cancer f

31 Days of Pink: Love

"I led them with human kindness, with ties of love." Hosea 11:4
Day#291 So much love Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Pre-Birthday Dinner

"Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

It's almost Abby's sixteenth and we have started celebrating...what a great way to spend our little fall break! We only took twenty-five pictures to get this one group shot..haha. 

Make a wish...

And this was Abby's surprise when she walked in this afternoon from our outing ...thanks Paige! So cute and so the skeleton crew!  Dinner was delish (Mongolian Beef and Rice that I found on pinterest while on our vacation here:)) I will be making that one soon! This felt kinda like our times at the lake where we are just in one place, eating and truly relaxing all weekend,! It was exactly what I needed most. Thank you Lord, for always meeting our needs, for providing every single detail and MORE. Amen.

Day#290 Countdown to Sixteen Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Snapshots in Charlotte

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

We are so fortunate to have lots of family in Charlotte! I was explaining to Abby and Luke that I used to get just as excited as they did Friday when we pulled in Charlotte to see my cousins! Of course that led to some stories of us as kids, walking to the shopping center down the street..on and on. So many great memories! It was fun to make the drive over to the lake today and visit around the table!! Thanks for the delicious brunch, Sandy!!

And tonight, the four big kids, Paige and Tripp headed to "Scarowinds" for some halloween fun.  Mae, Ruby and I had a craft night! Posters and collages....and yes, Ruby meant to put a "P", it's her nickname she said. (Laughing hysterically).

Day#289 A merry heart

31 Days of Pink: Charlotte Bound

"Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather be healed." Hebrews 12:12,13

It's been a rainy, restful day in Charlotte! We drove up for a few days since they have a semi-fall break (two days off). A little time away from projects and the busy pace, to sit and chat with coffee and hear the voices and stomping around of six kids throughout the house all morning long. AHHHHHH. So, needed a break. Some down time. And I had a down day, no planning, scheduling, driving, just sitting and relaxing! Time to refresh and restore.

Here again. Full Circle. Something about this trip as well, takes me back and moves me forward. And remember to experience the beauty of the season! Every day is a gift! Thank you, Lord!

Day#288 Roadtrip memories Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Angels by Your Side

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16

Hey friends! I just wanted to write a quick note, seems I haven't had much time to write letters as I prefer (aka longer posts), lately. Sun up to sun down the days are filled. It's a good place, a healthy place and one that I set my mind and heart on years ago. It's just funny how when you finally get to the "once I get there" place, there's a whole new set of possibilities, responsibilities and challenges. 

The beauty of this season of life is being able to experience it.
There was a time when all I wanted was to be able to drive carpool. Now I about to turn the keys over to my little girl next week..(sniff, sniff). And I missed being so involved with their schoolwork. Now I am the study buddy and project helper. There is just so much out there I want to do and that's such a good fee…

31 Days of Pink: By the Spirit

"If we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit."Galatians 5:25
Day#286 By the Spirit Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Stand Strong

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." Ephesians 6:10

This is an excerpt from milestone five year "cancer free" post....

I am not stronger because I fought and won the battle (WAR) of cancer, I am stronger because Jesus used a trial in my life to completely remake me.

I am not stronger because I can now do all the normal tasks again, I am stronger because Jesus helped me to realize the importance of keeping my priorities in order.

I am not stronger because my marriage survived, I am stronger because Jesus is working on two imperfect people and transforming our hearts and minds.

I am not stronger because I had the most supportive friends and family ever, I am stronger because Jesus is my best friend.

I am not stronger because of my children, I am stronger because Jesus entrusted these two little souls to me to teach daily and be an example of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

I am STANDING stronger because of Jesus. Period. 
Day#285 Blessed Assura…

31 Days of Pink: Southern Hospitality

"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2

Day#284 Open the others
Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Fear Of Recurrence

" But now says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine." Isaiah 43:1
You feel a weird pain in your hip one day then the next. Another time,a quivering pain down your spine, that went on for days. You have what you are sure are migraine headaches for ten days out of the month. Next thing you know you have had an MRI for every body part it seems.

Yes, that would be me. And after talking with so many people over the last six years, it is quite common. With each pain there's that nagging question and sudden fear of "oh no, it'ssssss baaaaaccckk!!!" Google comes next. Oh no. Back up. Lord Help!!!! The "R" word ...Recurrence.

I think in the first couple of years my body was recuperating, mainly from the chemotherapy and Herceptin. I did not want to take a chance at waiting if something was hurting or didn't seem right. Her2 Positive Canc…

31 Days of Pink: God is Able

"God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times,  having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

God is able.

No matter who, what, when, where.

God is able. 

Let that sink in. 

God is able.

To make all grace abound to you so that...
In all things.  At all times.  Having all that you need.  You will abound.  In every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Day#281 Whatever concerns you, He is able Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: White Cross

White cross on the granite counter top, formed by pieces of a straw wrapper.I just happened to notice it as I was cooking the other night. Reminded me of the two white steri-strips, from my biopsy bandage, that formed a white cross in my hand the day before my diagnosis. And the words that seared my heart "it's not about you, it's about the cross." What I love most about this picture is how bright that white cross stands out in the darkness!

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24

Day#280 He goes before us Blessings, Suzanne

31 Days of Pink: Back to Life

"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." so we say with confidence, " The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid." Hebrews 13:5-6 

 I thought I would share a journal entry from my caringbridge site on getting back to normal (and I repeat is there such a thing as normal???) Haha.  Other journal can be read Here, just go to the bottom of the page and hit the right arrow to start at the beginning. If you are just starting your journey with a diagnosis or in remission, have a family member or friend going through breast cancer... my prayer is that  you will find hope written on the pages.
Caringbridge Journal July 16, 2010 11:46am

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 2 Corinthians 4:7

Not of us, Lord but to you, your glory. My first oncology checkup was....NORMAL. That's what she said "you're blood work is all normal." Funny that is just what I said to the nurse…