Unshakable Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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  1. Jana marshall on said:

    Thank you for writing this wonderful post! I look forward to it coming into my inbox and find such encouragement and wisdom from your words. My husband has recently been diagnosed w pancreatic cancer. It has been a shake up to our world but we have “unshakable hope”
    I posted to our caring bridge and referred to your most recent post. It is truly a game changer to be thankful! Here is what I wrote. Please know I think if you and pray for your family! You are a beautiful testimony to our lord, Jesus!
    Jana marshall

    “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but the thankful heart will find, in every hour some heavenly blessings” Henry Ward Beecher

    Bob often says, “ we are busy living….not dying”. He makes that statement true in his daily life! He lives life to the fullest…even on chemo! I think that all who come in contact with Bob would agree that what punctuates his living is that he is so THANKFUL!

    He has come through the second round of chemo well. His body reacted differently to the second round than it did the first…but for the most part he got through it with enough energy to enjoy Thanksgiving with his fabulous family in Dahlonega, GA. It was a beautiful time to be visiting the North Georgia Mountains and make precious memories with all his siblings!

    While visiting with family, I read a blog from a 25 year ALS survivor who is crippled to the point that he cannot eat anymore and receives food from a feeding tube. The title of the post is “Thanks – living”.

    His words rang true to me in a way that it may never have before due to the situation Bob and I find ourselves in. Through his journey he has concluded that ungratefulness and unhappiness go hand-in -hand. He poses a good question, “ Have you ever known a happy-ungrateful person?”

    God tells us repeatedly in His word to be thankful….not happy! I think that being “Thankful” is the precursor to finding satisfying happiness and joy. The author of the post is convinced that if we are intentional about being thankful and we succeed in that area, then true lasting joy will follow.

    During this season I think Bob and I are learning more and more what it means to be thankful and to experience that joy. Do not get me wrong….CANCER does STINK! It is not easy and our days can have moments of doubt and sadness. But there is an underlying voice that supports us through all the emotion. We just know that we know that God has control and the final say. We are either going to believe or not believe.

    As my friend Pam Worley shared with us:

    “There is a “beauty” in cancer that some people miss~~~if your eyes are open you’ll see miracles and experience God in a raw, up close way that you have never experienced before and it truly is beautiful.
    It is terrible to be experiencing Cancer…but it is amazing to experiencing God in this way!”

    It is by being carried and prayed for and loved by so many of God’s people that our hearts are full of thanks! God is opening our eyes to see how He reveals Himself everyday. There is nothing like it and it is changing us. It is like we are standing on tip toe in anticipation of what God is going to do next in the midst of this hardship. We really are looking forward with expectant hearts. And that is getting us through each day.

    As we enter Round 3 of Chemo tomorrow, Monday, please pray for continued health and strength. Pray that the Chemo is doing the job of killing the cancer. Pray for wisdom as we walk through the days and that we seek God first in all we do.

    This has been a Thanksgiving weekend to remember….we are Thankful and most importantly we are THANKS – LIVING!

    With a Thanks for each of you ~ Bob and Jana

  2. I wanted to say thank you for liking on post: Are You Listening to the Voice of Truth?

    It means a lot to me to know that these blog posts are helping to give you a different perspective on the situations that happen in your life.

    God Bless you Bill!!

    • Thank you very much for your encouragement.

      • Hi Bill, Listening again to your radio interview as I write this. Psalm 71: 17-18 is my prayer every day. “Oh, God, you have taught me from my youth. And hitherto I have declared your wondrous works. And now, when I am old and gray-headed, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength onto this generation and thy power to everyone who is to come.” You have already done all that, Bill. Every day you are showing forth God’s strength. I’ve had ALS for 12 years so you’re way ahead of me. I commend you for finding a way to help in Global Media and new Christians around the world. I have just finished writing another book, ‘ALS MEETS CHRIST’. That happens when we, as Christians, yield ourselves to God’s will for our life, even using ALS to do that. I may turn it into blogs. God bless every minute of every day as you offer the Lord the Sacrifice of Praise.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words, they are so encouraging to me. How do you write, are you still able to type (with your fingers)? I recently checked your blog to see if you had any new posts, I thought I might have overlooked the email notice, but nothing recent.
        God bless you.

      • I have no idea what the Lord is doing. I can’t speak or swallow well, but the rest of me is doing OK. I almost feel guilty saying that. I went on Rilutek almost right away after I was diagnosed and I think that worked, and lots of prayer. So I am still able to type on my computer. I am slowing down, finding it hard to do up buttons, my hands are weaker, I wear a neck brace because my neck muscles are weak. I have a feeding tube, but still able to eat soft, moist food. I haven’t fallen yet, but I getting a bit wobbly.

        My biggest ministry is in prayer. I have a lot of people I pray for and love seeing the Lord at work. The Lord keeps bringing people to mind for me to pray for, from years ago and I’m in touch with missionaries in Cuba, Mexico, Nepal, Bolivia and the middle east and pray for their ministries and converts. Our message last week was on spending time with the Lord. I hadn’t thought that I might be spending too much time praying and not enough time alone with the Lord. So I’m working on that. I consider myself the persistent widow. 🙂

        So good to know more about your family. I often thought I would like to pick your brain as I was writing this last book. I sent it in to the WordAlivePress Writing contest. Monday they are announcing the results. If I don’t win, I will probably break it down into blogs and find out how to set up a web site like you have.
        I don’t know how to do all the links and extra’s you have going.

        I don’t sleep well, so I’ll be praying for you during the night,

      • It’s so good to hear that you can still type and walk…
        Prayer and worshipping the Lord are the most important things; I’m glad to hear this is your ministry.
        I am going to attempt to write a book. Any advice?
        Please email me some time.

  3. Hi Bill, Just wanted to share a few verses that have come to mean so much to me. John 21: 18 – Jesus said to Peter, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old (or have ALS) you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go. Verse 19 is the real blessing. Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would GLORIFY GOD. That was a new concept to me – to still Glorify God when I can’t move a muscle. Thank you, Lord.

  4. Thank you, Bruce. I’m so glad you survived!

  5. Thank you very much, Bruce, for your encouraging comments and for your prayers. I’m sorry I was so slow to reply.

  6. Miss your blogs. Haven’t heard from you since November 2015. I pray that all’s well. Any nuggets of wisdom you’d like to share??

  7. thanks Bill. it’s been a while I haven’t posted anything on my blog site. thanks for reminding me. hope i could write again soon. *smile* Gid bless

  8. Thank you for sharing, Bill, the reason for the hope that is within you.

  9. Rosie on said:

    Dear Bill,
    How I enjoy reading your blog. It’s so comforting to me.
    The problem is, I can’t seem to be able to get your latest post even though I have your blog on my iPhone screen. Is there some way I can get on a list to get your latest posts?
    God bless you.

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Rosie. If you look on the right hand side of my blog, there should be a follow button where you can put in your email address. Maybe it’s not visible on a phone? I’ve never had a smart phone, but I’ll ask my wife to show me what my blog looks like on her phone.

  10. Dear Bill, I want you to know how much I appreciate that you are reading my blog posts. You and your family are in my prayers. I always look forward to reading whatever you post.

  11. Hi thanks for the like. I have a story about ALS and several on trees! Take care!

  12. Hello Bill! I just sent you a rather wordy invitation asking if you would consider writing a guest post for my blog – DoseDependent – on the topic of hope in unchanging circumstances but I think I messed it up because on my phone so I thought I would try again!
    Please let me know if you are interested as I would be greatly honored if you were able.


    • Julie, I’m sincerely honored by your invitation to be a guest blogger on your blog, but I cannot make any commitments right now – I’m struggling to keep up with just my blog and email… right now.
      Thank you so much for the invitation.

      • Dear Bill, thank you for responding. I can understand why you say that; I find it very difficult as well … it took me two months from the time I decided to ask you til I sent the message! So no worries. I love reading your posts and seeing how God is moving in your life. Please accept an open invitation to write for my blog if you should ever find the time to do so.

      • Thank you for understanding, Julie. Thank you also for the open invitation.

  13. Hello Bill!

    I mentioned your fabulous site in my blog-posting today and was sure to link my readers to you! I hope many others will find you (and your sharing,) to be as delightful as I do!

    Thank you for the continued inspiration!

    Hugs & Blessings!
    Dawn Marie

  14. Dear Bill
    As one who has suffered a deep valley with illness spanning over 40 years I am blown away by your courage and grace through these pages. Jesus is alive and well in you,
    your spirit shines, his grace abides. I am blessed to find your thoughts
    In his love

  15. I really enjoyed finding your blog and reading your writings. You are truly an inspiration! I look forward to hearing more from you. ~Rita

  16. Hi, Bill – I just watched your ice bucket challenge and it was great. My son was supposed to pour a small pail of ice water over me and instead he substituted a five gallon pail. I survived but took me a long time to warm up. His grandson did the challenge with me, five years old, and after he said, “I thought it was going to be hot”. I’m starting a second blog – title: The Eternal Optimist. That’s me. PTL.

  17. Thinking about you today Bill! I was challenged to do the ice bucket thing. Instead, for some reason, I just couldn’t. It seems everyone’s doing it and people are starting to ignore the videos. So I posted on Facebook some thoughts of real people I know who have struggled or are struggling with ALS. A friend/former boss and my father-in-law and you. I shared your link with my friends and asked them to visit your site to find out why you still have unshakable hope. I know you are a strong Christian, but I do pray this morning, that you and your family would be comforted and reminded of your true hope, Jesus. I also pray that you will be encouraged by your purpose. I believe the Lord has given you a great ministry and you have touched many people’s lives through your blog and ministry. Blessings to you and your family. We’re all inspired by what God has done in your heart. You are able to pull back the veil between the spiritual and physical in a way we may not be able to so easily. You help your readers to see the true spiritual realities of this life. Thank you for striving to encourage us while you fight this battle.

  18. Hey Bill! I have finally had a chance to stop by your blog. Thank you for all of your encouragement. I feel like your blog will be a well- visited stop during our journey with ALS. Since we just started this hard battle, we are encouraged to know someone going through or who went through what we are facing. Thank you for being vulnerable and taking the time to reach out and educate. I am still getting the hang of using wordpress, so I may inquire about some settings that we would like to add to our page. May God bless you and your family.
    -Hugs!- The Dobos’

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