You all know I love music and love to relate life to a song! As I was driving yesterday one my all time favorite Tom Petty songs came on, “I won’t back down”. Oh how I love being in my car all alone where I can sing to the top of my battered lungs without harming anyone or making the area dogs run for cover!!

As I sang along….

“you can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won’t back down”

“Well I know what’s right, I got just one life, In a world that keeps on pushing me around, But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down”.

I began to reflect on the past few months. The highs and lows, the wins and losses, the joy and the tears. Friends, it has certainly included all of those things for us and I suspect many of you as well. Would we ever have imagined wearing masks, sheltering in our homes, listening to the news focused on riots, protests and defunding the police, etc? Personally, my family has had some really tough times over the summer along with some really good moments as well. Praise God we are weathering these storms and even finding joy as God provides for us. You could say we have stood our ground and did not back down!!

I went for CT and MRI scans a couple of weeks ago and met with my doctor this week. I am always nervous and anxious going into these things and pray for peace. Things looked good. I still have a 3 mm spot in my lung that is remaining stable and a couple of items on my bloodwork remain a little low. That is a continued answer to prayer and I thank God for the good report. Granted, I would love nothing more than to be rid of that little 3 mm spot forever but I will continue to put my faith and trust in the Lord and in his timing. I am able to work full-time, I feel good and can do most of the things I want to do, I have nothing to complain about and so much to be thankful for.

Everyday is a gift. I was reminded of that with the passing of a woman I met at MD Anderson. She was so open and kind to me when we met in “Chemo Class” in May of 2019. She had a great attitude and never let Sarcoma keep her from getting the most out of life. It occurred to me that we are so caught up in the strife and conflicts of this world that we sometimes forget to recognize the joys and the gifts in God’s provision for us. We are warned in his word that this life will be full of trials but he has overcome all of this, all of the worries and fears we experience in this world everyday.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have perfect peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous, I have overcome the world

John 16:33 AMP

So be safe out there and take care of yourselves….. but when fear threatens your joy…..NEVER EVER BACK DOWN!

Praise the Lord ……. and thank you Tom Petty!