It is the first day of October. The beginning of a very active month in my circle. Football season is in full swing. Virtually everyone in Alabama has picked a side. We will celebrate the coming of my first grandson. My best friend is getting married. A very busy month.
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Many of us will take this time to acknowledge and commemorate those who have fought and are still fighting the insidious disease; breast cancer.
Many of you will gather along with countless others to “Race For The Cure” at numerous fundraising walk/runs around the country. As a survivor, this means a lot to me on a very personal level. Not only is October Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 2010. It has been six years since diagnosis and five years since I completed treatment. Something to shout about, I’d say.
As a survivor, I feel I have a responsibility to speak out and remind others that this disease can attack anyone. Cancer does not discriminate. I also want my presence to serve as a reminder that a cancer diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence. We are still fighting for a cure through research and education.
This year I have decided that I will donate a portion of the profits from all sales of Dreams Of Tamar during October, to breast cancer research/awareness.
If you make your purchase during October, your purchase will help increase breast cancer awareness. If you would like to join in our efforts to support breast cancer research/awareness, you can purchase a copy of Dreams Of Tamar online at amazon.com books or at the createspace estore. We are currently enabling our website, palmarborpress.com to take online orders for signed copies of this insightful novel.
You are not defined by what has happened to you in your life.
What defines you is how you respond to what happens.
You are a survivor!
You are an over comer!
You are victorious!
Dreams Of Tamar is an inspirational novel with strong female characters. It is a story about friendship and unconditional love. We will follow Diedra as she struggles with marriage, motherhood, and friendship on a journey that will teach her about God’s redeeming love and his promise to fulfill her wildest dreams.
“Amen. God is good! Does anyone else have anything they want to share?” asked Rodney. Since no one responded he closed that portion of the meeting. “Thank you so much for sharing tonight John. Next week we will hear from a female perspective. How about you Diedra? Would you like to speak next week?”
“Come on babe, you will be great.” James nudged.
“Uhh… no. I don’t mind giving feedback from the peanut gallery, but I’m not ready to stand in front of the group.”
“I’ll go next,” Cassandra volunteered. “Can I pick any topic I want?”
“As long as it comes from the Bible.” Rodney said as he began to put away the podium. “Who else is hungry? Let’s bless the food and then you ladies go be seated in the dining room and tonight we will serve you.” Rodney said grace, and all the men got up and headed for the kitchen.
“Wow! That was pretty awesome tonight,” said Cassandra as the ladies gathered at the table. “I’m so glad you and Rodney started this group.”
“Thank you. I think God’s going to do some powerful things, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Kayla rep0lied. “So what are you going to talk about next week, Cassandra?”
“I’m not absolutely sure, but I have a few things tossing around in my head.” She stated, as she eyed the cross shaped cake with the palm tree in the middle of it. The men entered the room one by one. All the other ladies’ husbands set their plates on the table before them and sat down next to them. Brea, who was feeling a little uncomfortable, got up and went into the kitchen.”
James smiled after her, and chuckled as she walked away.
“What are you laughing at? That’s not even funny,” whispered Diedra. “Why do you give her such a hard time?” James just continued grinning as he placed a fork full of potato salad in his mouth, and then gave Diedra a peck on the forehead.
Brea entered the kitchen to find Michael garnishing a baked potato with butter and sour cream. He knew Brea did not like potato salad so he had asked Rodney for a potato to bake for her in the microwave.
“What are you doing in here?” He asked.
“When you didn’t return with a plate for me, I thought I was going to have to get my own.”
“You really underestimate me don’t you?” He asked. “Brea, I am for real, and I believe what we have is special. Give us a chance.”
“We’ll talk.” She said as she walked around the island to see what else he had placed on her plate. A leg, a thigh and a wing, a generous helping of macaroni and cheese, green beans, and a roll, to go with her baked potato. He did pay attention didn’t he? she thought.
“Where’s your plate?” She asked, as she reached for an empty plate off the island.
“You heard what the man said. We are serving the ladies. You just sit right there on that stool and allow me to take care of you. Next week you can reciprocate.”
As a nation, we have fallen so far away from God’s plan for his people. But because he knew we were born of sin and inherently fallible, he sent a savior for us to cover our sin. All we have to do is repent and accept the gift of life that has been offered to us. Will you accept him today?
For the upright shall dwell in the land and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and transgressors shall be rooted out of it. Proverbs 2:21-22
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14