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Published on November 3, 2013, by Rich Johnson in Update.

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

2 Corinthians 12:9,10  AMP

 

I know I’ve written about grace before, but in the wake of Robin’s recent home going, I am more aware of His amazing grace more now than ever before in my life!  His abiding presence in lonesome moments has been simply incredible for me, as I read and listen to His Word in the still of the night.  I listen to worship music and find myself worshiping and praying for extended periods of time, and the Lord ministers to me until I go to sleep some nights.  As I recount the scores of people who came to honor Robin and our family at her visitation and funeral, I am reminded of His grace in our lives.  It is all just incredible and overwhelming to me!  His grace has been and continues to be sufficient for the past, present and certainly the future.  My mind and heart certainly grieve in Robin’s absence, but the Lord is good!  He knows just how to meet us and when to meet us in our hour of need.  I’m reminded of so many times in the past, when the Lord extended His grace to us, and He continues to do that in our lives.  He has shown His grace through all of you who have spoken or written kind words of condolences to our family.  We are grateful beyond comprehension, for He uses people from many different walks of life to encourage us.  His grace is sufficient for me, and He proves that over and over again.  Even while I continue to battle my “thorn in the flesh” through ongoing cancer, I am the recipient of His grace.  

 

As an update on my health…  I continue to experience pain and ongoing digestive issues, as the cancer presses against my duodenum and colon.  Weakness continues to plague me, while I try to combat this with high protein drinks and some food. I’m finding it more troublesome to keep foods down, and my GI doctor has talked to me about the possibility of my stents slipping and causing this.  They want to perhaps scope me again to see if this is the case, and if it is, he would place another stent in my duodenum.  I’m not highly in favor of this thought, as the first procedure was not a pleasant memory for me.  The doctor said he would sedate me more to help with that.  I’m needing wisdom in this.  Please pray the Lord helps me make the right decision.

 

God has opened a door for me locally to be able to have our first book signing event at Christian Publishers Outlet here in Springfield on November 16, from 1-3 pm.  This will be an exciting event for me to promote our book and be able to encourage others with our story.  I just wish Robin would have been able to be there by my side and sign books with me.  We’d love and appreciate  all of our local friends to come out and support us!   

I want to give a BIG shout out to Harp Creative, LLC for producing our videos and making incredible memories for our families!  Jonathan and Shailey, we are forever indebted to you for the time and professionalism you blessed us with in producing our videos. If you are looking for a great videographer, contact me, and I’ll pass their information along to you.   Our most recent testimony/book promo is here on our blog under the book tab.  Please take a look and give us your feedback.  

As an added bonus this month, I am giving away (FREE) one (1) ebook  bookstub with every book purchase.  It will be a great gift to someone you may know going through a difficult “valley” situation or anyone who has a NOOK, Kindle or e-reader of any kind.  You simply download the code on the bookstub from our publisher and receive your ebook!   This only applies to blog purchases.  I only have 27 bookstubs, so first come, first serve.  With the holidays upon us, this will make a great gift or stocking stuffer!   

I also want to thank Madi Walker for her excellence in blessing our family with music at the funeral and graveside.  Madi wrote the song, “His Grace” specifically for Robin, Heather and me some months ago, and it has been a great source of comfort for us.  Her recent CD, “Names” can be purchased at www.madiwalker.com  Thank you for supporting this up and coming Chrisitian artist.

 

Whatever you may be going through today, please know…  His grace is sufficient for you, and He will help you and provide what you need in the moment.  He may not always remove the thorn that’s plaguing you, but He will be there to help you and give you the grace you need.  Hold on!  Trust Him!  He’s the ONLY one you can completely trust in this world.   He will not fail you!  

 

Living In His Grace,

Rich