Imagine finding a treasure map. A note at the top says, "The journey will be difficult, but I promise you, the treasure at the end will be well worth the trip. Love, God." You're excited at first, but as you begin studying the map, you find clues like "Defective Parts Recall - Breast Overhaul," "Chemical Warfare Ahead," "Going Under... the knife, sedation, the skin." That's how it felt when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. All of a sudden, I was living my own version of Survivor Feeling clueless, I simply walked the path He had laid out for me while keeping my eyes on the prize, Jesus Christ. Along the way, He continually surprised me with fresh insights, blessings at every turn, and a growing intimacy that's indescribable At the end, X marked the spot: the priceless treasure of a deeper, abiding relationship with Christ and joy unspeakable I discovered the priceless gem of Genesis 15:1: "I am your shield, your very great reward." Plus, I received a bonus; I now have my very own new treasure chest I invite you to come along on my treasure hunt. I'll keep you abreast of my uplifting adventure as we follow God's 'treasure map' in this serious, yet light-hearted book. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine." I hope that if you're going through your own cancer experience, you will come away with a more cheerful heart, renewed hope, and encouragement for your future. Lover of the Lord, Servant of God, Loving Wife, Proud Mom and Adoring Grammy describe Karen Barefoot, in that order. She and her husband, Don, live in Oak Ridge, NC, where they are blessed to serve Christ in a variety of different roles.
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