“He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, and a joyous blessing instead of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the displays of His splendor” Isaiah 61:3
Why have I called this blog “Finding Beauty”?
I believe that beauty and goodness can be found in most circumstances, good and bad, even the really bad circumstances. We don’t always see good or beauty when we are in the midst of something difficult, or a hard situation, or even on the news and social media. We often see the bad, the hurt, the difficult and the ugly, the despair, the ashes and the hopes that have been dashed. These are the times that we need beauty, goodness and hope. It’s how we carry on, it gives reason to our difficult seasons and trials and the resolve to press on.
In this social media, Pinterest, hashtag loving world that we live in today, I have found myself noticing some of the same mantras, mottos or personal creeds being used over and over. Some are trivial, some silly and ridiculous but some are inspiring, some are full of force and drive and I have found myself inspired by some of these personal creeds and mottos. When I found out that I have the BRCA2 gene mutation I really took notice of those that I found inspiring and I began to take stock of what it was that I was looking for in life, in my situation, what gives me hope and encouragement.
After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and finding out that a mastectomy was imminent I was desperate for hope, strength and encouragement. I began to think about my life and my body, and the long road that I am on and have before me. I kept thinking about a pile of ashes and that’s what I’d be left with. But I also remember that God trades those ashes for Beauty, I was encouraged by this idea, I found hope and strength in this beauty. I do not want to wade through these treacherous waters of cancer looking forward to it being over, to discover some kind of beauty when it’s done. I want, I need to be encouraged and inspired all along the way, I’m determined to Find Beauty along the way.
This is a personal blog mostly about my cancer and my BRCA2, and the beauty I find along the way. It is a way for me to process and work through thoughts feelings I am having, it’s also a way for me to inform you about my situation and what is going on with me. Please understand that this is not a moment to moment update, due to the processing, that part occasionally takes me a bit longer. Also, I am not a health care professional or cancer expert this is an account of my personal situation and circumstances I will give information as I understand it to the best of my ability.
Thank you for being here and joining along in my journey, championing me along the way. I am truly so grateful and humbled by your support and prayers. I hope that when you read one of my posts you feel informed, encouraged and inspired to find Beauty.