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As a breast cancer survivor passionate about healing and hope, Emily and her beloved live in Oregon with their three kids. Her days and heart are filled with homeschooling, good coffee, life-giving friendships, time outdoors, healing and learning, and living gratefully for the gift of each day and God’s graces.

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  1. This could not have been any more perfect in timing . I just completed my surgery for breast cancer which was very successful . I will require radiation treatment but it’s not looking like any chemo. I too have a circle of friends that have been lifting me up in prayers encouraging me and giving me laughter that I so needed. God is so good to put these people in our lives. So ur dinner date is next week. Thank you God for the blessings of life.

    • Oh Roxanne, thank you for sharing. So very true: God is so good to meet our needs and I am so thankful for the friends that have come alongside you and brought laughter and love. I’m sending you a hug through these words and prayers for your ongoing healing!

    • Oh, Roxanne! I celebrate with you as you’ve finished your surgery – hooray! Thankful that you have friends close to bring laughter and encouragement. God is so good to meet our needs. Love to you!

  2. Thanks for sharing your stories about your strength and your beautiful friends. After my husband’s serious stroke, my only true friend next to me all the time is the Lord Jesus Christ. At first, my husband’s friends helped, but now I am overwhelmed with my own job and caring for him, plus, we now have to move too. I only say this because others may be reading this as well that really don’t have friends like many women do for various reasons. For this reason, I type a to my dearest friend, Jesus Christ each morning, thank HIM that He never lets me down and always walks with me. The Lord miraculously helps me get through many days of sadness and no one phones me ever to see how I am. The Lord has constantly shown me that HE IS ENOUGH. We are all wired differently and if you are reading this and also don’t have such precious friends, let me suggest that JESUS does hear us and will walk with us. I do praise God for how he gives many people friends – I am listening to the Lord and sending an encouraging note every day for 50 days via snail mail – only because HE nudged me to do so……Now, I am rambling. I really like (in)courage and I encourage all of you to be YOURSELVES, whether you are social or a loner like me. God has a purpose for all of us!

    • Thank you. Although I have 7 kids and an amazing husband I like you have no real friends. Except the women I see at a weekly support group for depression that I try to make it too, when the demands of my home (1 teenager, 6 little ones and a very sick husband) allow it. I have struggled with social anxiety my whole life and finally thought God rescued me from the loneliness when I met my husband (the social butterfly that he was). Unfortunately over the years he became ill and has nearly lost any trace of that confident, outgoing social man that he once was.
      So now I write my “Dear Daddy” letters to a faithful Lord who I know is always holding me even on those days when the loneliness is unbearable and I ache from the need of physical contact, somehow God gets me through! And often times he uses you women at incourage to do just that.

      • I love the “Dear Daddy” letters … we are known and loved by Him! He cares for us as our Shepherd, and “gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:11). Blessings to you today.

      • Tired Mom of 7,

        Praying for you sweet sister. May God bring about healing for you and hubby. Prayers for a few good friends also. May you feel His peace and comfort overwhelm you emotionally and spiritually!

        (((((Hugs))))) from upper E. TN

    • Nancy, THANK YOU! Your words speak such truth and encouragement. Jesus is our closest and most faithful friend, indeed. And I love reading how you are reaching out, sending love in the mail to others – so, so good.

    • Nancy,

      Praying God will help with the move and make it a smooth transition. May He bring friends your way. Praying for a peace and comfort to overwhelm you emotionally and spiritually.

      (((((Hugs))))) from Upper E. TN

  3. Emily,
    Thank you for sharing your story. How blessed you are to have such good friends and family to surround you and lift you up. I have found there were things/trials that I’ve gone through in which friends rallied around me and were my strength. I’ve also found that there were times, where it seemed like everyone was removed from my life so that God could have my undivided attention. He had to be my sufficiency because there was no where else to go. The good news is that God has never left nor forsaken me. He has been faithful to walk me THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death and not leave me stuck there. I have raised many Ebenezers to His faithfulness and as I look back over them, it gives me confidence to go forward knowing that He will always be in my corner. Lovely post! So glad you’ve crossed the Jordan…Praise!

    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Oh Bev, my heart resonates with your words. Yes! The truth is that in my dark, alone, hard moments – HE alone provided me the comfort and peace in ways that continued to reveal His faithfulness as our Shepherd. Thank you for sharing.

    • I am so happy for your references to Ebenezer (I Samuel 7:12). My husband & I have a dish of such stones: many with dates that mark successful surgeries…others with words that friends have painted to remind us of God’s faithfulness. Yes, God has, he does and He will HELP us.

  4. Thank you so much Emily for sharing this part of your story! I really enjoyed reading. Thank God you are all done your radiation treatments! I pray that you continue to be blessed with your health and that you and your family and friends make so many more joyful memories together! Thank you Jesus for healing Emily! Have a wonderful weekend ! God bless you, and your family and friends. Sending love and hugs xoxo ❤

  5. Emily what a blessing this was for me. Eight years ago this September I received my diagnosis. Praise God no chemo but plenty of radiation. I crossed the Jordan too because of God’s faithfulness and Him sending friends & family to me. Thank you for your story!

  6. This was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I’m praying for continued healing over you, and rejoicing in His faithfulness and provision for you during that time of crossing the Jordan. His love, mercy, and grace never fails to leave me amazed.

  7. OMG how inspiring is your story! I am an Evangelist and i would like to share your journey with others at my church and during the women’s prison ministry that I am a part of…im sitting in my car reading this and MY own faith and courage has gained mileage Thank you…love you for your faith and story from infinity and beyond!

  8. I am so happy to hear you have come this far and are already coming out the tunnel. God is faithful. I am still in that dark tunnel, trying to hold on to our Lord’s love and keep hope and faith. I wish I had these kind of friends or anyone beside me, but God knows why He does things the way He does. Thank you for sharing!

    • Florencia, Praying these words for you: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 Hugs today!

    • Florencia as believers we are never promised a painless life, but we are promised hope and a Savior. proverbs 12:25 mentions “anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a GOOD word makes it glad…so for you my sister in Christ…”A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” The bible says it is good for you to laugh…it is good for you to have joy, so look in a mirror and inform your face to SMILE! See, it won’t break. Oh, look at all the smiles 🙂 May you have everlasting joy from this day forth…lasting joy, unspeakable joy, joy that is unshakable, and joy that turns a bitter frown into a radiant smile…keep smiling…Jesus loves you and so do I!

      • Thank you for your words Daisy! You know, I’m in a huge battle against anxiety and depression, and you have encourage me in the midst of a difficult night. I’m sending you a big hug!!

  9. I’m so proud of my beautiful wife, Emily, and happy that she is sharing her gift of inspiration with others as a writer. She is so excited to have her story published in (in)courage. She has been so encouraged by this first step that she launched her own website: emilyrgreen.com. I know first-hand how uplifting, cheerful and positive Emily is to all who cross her path. Congrats to my lovely, brave and talented wife, who is now a published writer. Keep encouraging!

  10. Emily,

    We all go through trials in this life. It is so helpful to have friends come along side and assist you in different ways. We must always remember that even if we don’t have really good friends-that God is a true close friend waiting to talk and walk with you through this trial. He may be trying to bring you closer to Himself. Always remember this we here at In Courage are ready, willing and able to pray for each of you. May God bless you all!!!

    I have had some trials in last few years with aging parents. Things I never dreamed I would go through. God was always there for me . I also had some really good friends who I could call and just “vent”. One in particular was also going through aging parent problems. We could commiserate. I am forever grateful to God for these friends.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. Emily, Thank you for your inspiration and the timing is so perfect as I have made it through all the grueling External Radiotherapy and on 01/02/17 I came through the second and final Internal Radiotherapy and have completed all my Treatment. God has been with me every step of the way and had to teach me to accept and ask others for help. I love to bless, give and be there for others but have struggled to receive but have realized that God provides and I must not deny others their opportunity and stop their blessings. I thank God for my wonderful Husband Mark, my Son Peter and all the friends who set up timetables to take for treatments. As a family we received many meals, visits from Our Church Family and were so uplifted by prayers, gifts and peoples time. My Consultant is optimistic and thrilled I made it through the Treatments, despite many other Chronic Conditions that made it very difficult. I am now resting and recovering at home. I have crossed the Jordan too and God has so Blessed me with wonderful friends and His grace and Mercy has been sufficient for each new day. I pray you will continue to walk in your healing and move in your spiritual gifts to minister to many lives. Sending a Big Hug to You, Your Family and Friends. XXX

  12. Uff, so I just read this today. Yesterday was four years since my beautiful best friend Sara went home after a three year battle. I hear her voice in these words as she would come three hours and me six to meet for lunch after radiation. We would sit and just talk, laugh and cry. She would talk about her little boys and many times we just “were” together. I never thought of it as anything more than two friends of 25 years making more memories but I hope that when I meet her when I get home we can celebrate our time at a really big table!! I love hearing survivor stories and friendships that are pure love. Last night Sara’s oldest boy, a senior, showed up for a really big game and his teammates all had on pink socks. Might heart broke knowing his mom is gone but it smiled knowing he too has Amazing friends! May God bless your friendships that with his love will be longer than forever