One Year Ago: Thanksgiving Continues On

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me.  I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all that live to see such times but that is not for us to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
                                                                               – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

It was the week of Thanksgiving 2013 when I finally went to get a check up on my health.  Over the few months prior I had dropped 25 lbs and developed a few odd symptoms.  One was that I had a major cough for about a month.  The other was a little more grotesque.  At night I was sweating.  Not like I had a bad dream about falling and woke up sweating, but my back was completely soaked every morning.  Not only that, the sweat smelled terrible.  I felt like I was leaking acid through my pores every night. Continue reading

My Rant on Mississippi State and Why Cancer is Not Ranked in the Top 25

First off two facts:

1. Mississippi State is number 1 in the AP Top 25 Football Poll for the first time in history.
2. September was blood cancer awareness month.
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Seeing Cancer from 10,000 Feet

Perspective is a topic that I often write about, but this blog post is very unique seeing as my perspective right now is looking out a 767 aircraft at 10,000 feet.  I remember my first flight when I was in the eigth grade and how scared I was.  I was terrified at the beginning for the flight.  Lifting off was such a new feeling and experience.  I was traveling with my National Junior Honor Society classmates to visit Washington D.C.  It was such a memorable trip and I will never forget rising above the clouds and seeing the view of Mississippi falling away below as we rose into the air.  I think back to my senior trip flying to Seattle, Washington and soaring above the Rocky Mountains.  What a unique way to look at the peaks and valleys.  I remember flying to Hong Kong during college and how I could not even look outside because I was stuck inbetween a fellow college traveler and a small asian man, who helped me with my Sudoku puzzle as we flew overnight.  Now I am flying with my wife to California for a trip of a lifetime and it is such a unique perspective because cancer is behind us.

Looking back at the individual tasks of cancer is tough.  It feels like a decade ago that the doctors poked and proded to diagnose me.  I still remember the call about my swollen lymph nodes.  I remember the chemo treatments that dragged on for ages.  I remember the outcry of support from friends and family.  I remember the moments where I just broke down from the overwhelming weight of it all.  I remember from the not so distant past, the daily trip to the cancer clinic for raidation treatments.  I can still feel the pain in my esophagus from the torn tissue of radiation therapy.  However, with all the memories, I can see the hope of the future.

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Radiation

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”  – Matthew 24:42-44

“Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15

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Camp 2014

Thursday I arrived back from almost a week at a summer camp with our youth.  Every summer for the past 7 or 8 years we have taken our kids to the same place: Lake Forest Ranch.  Many churches around the area take their students to Centrifuge camps or other conference type locations.  Lake Forest Ranch is a Christian summer camp that focuses on one-on-one ministry.  Also they minister to the leaders at the same time.  Lake Forest Ranch is located in between Louisville, MS and Macon, MS.  Lake Forest Ranch or LFR has been ministering to youth for over 50 years.

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I am your father

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” – Tolkein The Hobbit

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” – Proverbs 3:11-12
“Train a child in the way he shall go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“No….I am your father.” – The Empire Strikes Back

When I was born way back in 1986 many things in pop culture had already taken a foothold.  One was The Lord of the Rings trilogy and another was the Star Wars trilogy.  I knew nothing about these things in 1986 mainly because well I was an infant.  I used to love a good story read to me.  And I will always remember the night that dad either got tired of reading the same old stories or decided I was ready for something more and he brought in an old beat up looking book with yellow pages.  He said, “I read this book when I was young and I think you will like it a lot.”  It started like this:
“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
At that moment I was completely lost in the world of Middle-Earth.  And I would continue to be for the next few months as my father read me this story.  I remember the spiders, Gollum, Beorn, the Trolls, and of course The Battle of Five Armies.  Also the death of two of my favorite characters was the first time a book truly made me cry.  It was around that same time that my father told me about Star Wars.  I remember watching the first movie at our old apartment that we lived in while my parents current house was being built.  Again I was opened to a whole new world of adventure and good vs. evil.  I could feel myself using the Force to move things and I WAS Luke Skywalker and lets me honest, every kid took a stick/light saber and made the noises while we fought enemy Stormtroopers.  The very next night we watched The Empire Strikes Back and the ending was the biggest shock of my life.  I don’t think I have ever freaked out at a movie more than when those famous words were spoken.  We hesitated for a few months before watching Return of the Jedi, solely because my dad told me you saw Darth Vader’s face at the end and I was really not ready for that.  I had nightmares about it.  But these were the days of VHS recordings and our whole trilogy of Star Wars movies were recorded from HBO.  So when we actually did watch Return of the Jedi the recording cut out before I saw Darth’s face.  It took quite a few more years before I did and yeah it wasn’t so bad.
Why do I tell these stories?  Well most everywhere on the interwebs on Sunday there will be Father’s Day posts.  People will change their profile pictures to them and their dads, they will post great stories like the ones I tried to tell well above, and most of all people will eat Sunday lunch or dinner with their dads and then give him a giftcard, tool, or some other item of the manly persuasion.  I can’t be with my dad this year on Father’s Day because I will be at camp with our youth group, out in the middle of nowhere Mississippi, enjoying the fun and festivities that come with summer camp.  
The first thing that I must say about my dad out front is that he is nowhere near perfect.  That might always be the toughest lesson for a kid to learn growing up is that their dad is just like themselves….human.  But thats where I have to stop and say my dad is far from a failure.  He is a hard worker and has always provided for us way beyond the essentials of life.  Because of my dad’s finance savy mind, we were able to take long family trips together every summer and we never missed out on something at school, church, or community because of money.  My dad showed me how to love my family and heritage.  He taught me how throw a baseball, how to drive a lawnmower and weedeater, 
 how to grill the perfect burger, how to play poker, how to swing a golf club, and thats really only getting started.  He also helped to teach me how to give your time at a church, how to use your connections to help others in need, how to lose and win gracefully and with the highest sportsmanship (this is referring to our love of Mississippi State NOT card games, where my dad is an avid cheater:), how to appreciate the smallest of things in life, and how to use your talents for others.  
But one of the greatest gifts that my dad gave me was not in the above list, in fact, it is something that not many sons can say their dad did for them.  My dad showed me that cancer could be beaten.  15 years before I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma Stage 2B, my father was diagnosed with the same disease, same stage.  Because of the advancements of research and medicine my dad’s struggle was a lot worse 15 years ago than my struggle this year.  But the point is that when I was diagnosed, I was not afraid of cancer, because I knew it could be beaten.  Also I had faith that God would deliver me from it and if not, I would praise Him anyway.  My dad brought me up to give back and that is why he is running a half-marathon in my honor in January.  And because my dad knows me he is running the Walt Disney World Half-marathon.  So because I want to give back too we are both running as are our famillies.  We run to give back to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and help the next generation of cancer patients realize that dragons can be beaten.
So thanks dad, for teaching me how to love Bluegrass, a furry footed hobbit, Jedi, Bulldogs, family, God, and a good grilled burger.  And thanks dad for beating cancer and for loving me, while I did the same.  Happy Father’s Day.
Journey Strong

A Great Start to A Radiating Summer

“When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream, of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam.” – Olaf “In Summer”

It has surely been a few weeks since my last blog post.  If you are keeping score:  Bryce 1  Cancer 0
So after I graduated from MSU a few Saturdays ago, I rounded out the school year and closed up shop.  It is always a little sad to see my empty classroom with all the books packed up and the floors clear for cleaning.  But it is also exciting, because in summer I work for a non-profit housed in my home church.  It is called His Heart, most of you will know it if you live in the Jackson area.  We work with families and kids in the heart of the city of Jackson, MS.    It is some of the most rewarding moments of my year.  We do our best to be the hands and feet of Christ to those families.  
His Heart Website: 
I also took a surprise trip to Walt Disney World with my wife and our good friends Zach and Jordan.  It was great to be at WDW again.  It was my first time visiting New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom and so many more new experiences.  I took over a thousand pictures and most of them will be used for future travel blog posts.  I can’t wait to share the fun!  

Throughout the trip I wore a button that said, “I’m celebrating!”.  On the button was written, “I am Cancer Free!”  Everyone else had buttons that said, “Bryce is cancer free!”  The response was humbling and uplifting.  Everyone who noticed not only congratulated me, but most shared their story with me in line or passing by.  I remember one cast member on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or TTA for you Disney fanatics, said “I am too!”  I responded with, “It’s great isn’t it!”  He said, “Yes, everyday you appreciate more and more.  Have fun!”  Indeed, when we are faced with our humanity and realize that everyday is a gift and could be our last, we sure do live a little better.  That sure is an odd juxtaposition.
I have now been back home for almost a week.  I am still getting back to “reality” and have been working at His Heart collecting forms for Arts Camp next week.  I have stressed over getting everything back in order and back on routine.  Also I have been catching up on podcasts.  One of the best ones I listen to is the Ransomed Heart Podcast hosted by John Eldridge of Wild at Heart fame.  He spoke on the end times and how we are living in the days right before Jesus comes.  He spoke with such urgency and it truly made me think back on my urgency through the cancer journey.  We are a procrastinating people.  We say oh I’ll share Jesus tomorrow or I’ll start that book when I am out of school.  If the Lord has something on your heart to do, don’t hesitate!  Start your dream today!  I am speaking to myself more than anyone.  There are so many things that I know I should do and yet I put it off.  Your life has a purpose.  Take it from me, I am not here to lead a nation or start a revolution, but I know that the Lord has great things in store for me to do.  I am just saying, be alert and be ready to act.  
Now for the radiation.  I met with my radiologist yesterday to discuss when radiation therapy will start.  Wow what a difference in cancer clinic visits.  Radiation is a whole other ballpark than chemo. The office staff was incredibly jolly and helpful.  We met with the business department (always fun) and then the nurse and the doctor.  I really could tell you details about radiation, but this was just an initial visit.  I will go back to get another scan with the Radiology department June 23 and then I will start radiation later that week.  Radiation will last 3 weeks!  That’s right only 3!  This was less than half of the amount I thought I would receive AND it allows me to take our youth to camp at Lake Forest Ranch as well!  Great news to start off a great summer.
Thanks for giving me some time off, but I will be back at the blog much more during the summer!  If you want to follow more of what my summer entails you can follow my #79daysofsummer on Instagram.  Follow me @yelverto.
Journey Strong

Thoughts on becoming a Bulldog…..Officially!

Hail dear old state fight for that victory today.  Hit that line and tote that ball, cross the goal before you fall.  And then we’ll yell, yell, yell, yell, for dear old state we’ll yell like H-E-L-L!  Fight for Mississippi State, win the game today! Go State!

It’s the end of May and of course that is the time that everyone starts to think about graduation.  This is a time where dreams come true for students and teachers alike.  For high school students, we see them leave away from a familiar place that for the most part they can’t wait to get behind them.  For college students, we see new adults finally enter into the real world armed with knowledge, experiences, and hopefully a job.  Tomorrow is the last day that I will have my current seniors in class before graduation.  It is bitter sweet.  I am sad to see this group go, but also very happy to see where they go from here.  Graduation is one of those events that anyone dislikes attending unless he or she is involved.  Graduations are long, the room is usually crowded and hot, there is always a speaker that talks too much, and you are really only there to see one person walk across a stage, which takes a total of 20 seconds.  But this saturday I will attend a graduation.  My graduation.  One that has been literally years in the making.

I have loved Mississippi State University since I was able to think.  Some of my first experiences as a child were attending MSU baseball games at Dudy Noble Field.  My first stroller was maroon.  My family drove a large maroon and grey van with a license plate that said, “MSU VAN.”  The only cups that I drink out of at home are MSU stadium cups.  I have one whole stack of maroon t-shirts in my chest of drawers.  I have multiple cowbells.  My dog owns a maroon jersey.  Have I painted a picture yet?

But this love of MSU is way more than this last paragraph.  My grandfather grew up at MSU, where his dad taught in the poultry department.  He lived in Old Main, the large men’s dormitory on campus.  My parents met at MSU at the Cobb Institute of Archeology.  My sister met her husband there, while playing ultimate frisbee.  My family has season football tickets next to our dear friends the Akins, who also go to church with us.   Every year during Super Bulldog Weekend we meet up with our friends the Cliftons, who have been fellow Bulldog fans and friends for years.

MSU was a place where I bonded with my family over football tailgating, basketball victories, bowl game trips, and baseball afternoons.  I have watched seasons of football where we could barely come out with a win.  I have seen years where our basketball team could hardly be stopped.  I have sat through pouring rain just to watch us lose the Egg Bowl.  I have seen us keep that golden Egg only a week before I found out that I had cancer.

The funny part about this story is that I am not a MSU graduate.  I have never taken a class on campus.  I could not tell you where to go if you were a freshman and needed to know where all the chemistry classes were.  But part of that will change Saturday.  I started taking online classes for a Masters in Business in the summer of 2011.  Now in Spring of 2014 I will graduate from the Distance MBA program at MSU with a 4.0 GPA.  I took my capstone class through the midst of chemotherapy treatment.  I cannot tell you how happy I am that this is finally happening.  I am going to sit at graduation just like the rest of the graduates that actually took classes on campus, but I promise you, I will love that moment more.

A few things that I have learned besides finance, management, and marketing from MSU:

1. The rules of football, basketball, and baseball.  Taught by: Joel Yelverton – my dad.  Lessons were learned in the stands or at home watching away games.  He taught me how to look beyond the game and see the intricacies of each sport, developing in me a true love of the game.

2. How to show great sportsmanship.  Taught by: Cheryl Yelverton – my mom.  Lessons were learned while watching my mom take wins with respect and loses with equal dignity.  She has never yelled at an opposing fan and when those Arkansas fans pig sooey in her face, she just walks on by.  That is a good fan.  She congratulates the winners and does not flaunt the victories.

3.  How to always be positive.  Taught by: Terry Akin – my friend.  Lessons were learned during terrible football, basketball, and baseball seasons.  Terry is the son of our friends the Akins, who I mentioned earlier.  He had down syndrome, but that surely never slowed him down.  He was and still is the biggest MSU fan I have ever known.  Every terrible season of football we would look down the row to Terry and he would just make a motion with his hands like shooting a basketball or swinging a bat.  He was saying, “don’t worry we have another sport coming up, this season may be over and done, but just let’s wait and see what’s next.”  We all miss him.

4.  How to keep calm in the midst of a highly intense game.  Taught by:  Griffin Sullivan – my brother.  Lessons were learned during overtime periods.  Griffin joined our family in 2012 when he married my sister Becca.  The Yelvertons are not known for watching a MSU sporting even quietly.  Griffin joined our family and showed us how to remain calm, even when yelling at the television, field, Blue, etc. seems like the only answer.

5.  That MSU is more than sports, it’s family.  Taught by:  Becca Yelverton – my sister.  Lessons were learned watching my sister interact with her friends made during her years at MSU.  Becca graduated from MSU in 2012, but the friends and connections she made there are still going on today.  It was through her college experience that I saw MSU as a place where students grow not only in academics, but also in connecting with the people around you.

6.  How to teach others to love MSU.  Taught by: Carly Yelverton – my wife.  Lessons were learned sharing with Carly the things I am sharing with you.

So basically this has been a love letter to Mississippi State, but it is also a big thought about education.  Here is what I mean:

“Education is not about obscure facts and little test scores.  Education is about the overall effect of years of slow absorption of concepts, philosophies, and approaches to problem solving.  The whole process is so grand, all encompassing that it really can’t be threatened by the occasional late night  no-hitter.”  – George Feeny

So go out there and enjoy life.  Have fun.  And also learn a little bit too.

Journey Strong and Hail State!

Bryce Yelverton you just defeated cancer, what are you gonna do next?

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.  This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.'”

 – 1 Samuel 17:45-47
I have already mentioned that David is probably my favorite person in the Old Testament.  I relate to him the most.  And this passage is one of my favorites as well.  It has been my passage throughout this cancer journey.  Today was a day just like any other, except today I was told that my body is cancer free.  I can’t really describe the feeling of relief that came with that news.  Yesterday I had another scan and got to enjoy some premium Barium Sulfate (Berry flavored!!), and I know that it wasn’t just me that was on pins and needles waiting for the news.  Carly and I just sat in the cancer clinic and just cried.  They were tears of relief and tears of joy.  I want to explain how I felt today just as well as I have conveyed my previous encounters, but I really can’t.  However, I do want you to know these two things and they come straight from the passage above.
1.  God did this healing.
2.  Modern medicine is amazing.
First of all David claimed that the Lord was going to use him to defeat the Philistines and that the battle was the Lord’s.  Then David used earthly weapons, a sling and stones and then a sword to defeat Goliath and cut off his head.  In today’s world people cry out to God in the most dire times, but when healing comes they like to thank science for the miracles.  The thing with me is I know God healed me. It is through Him that I had this positive attitude and it is through Him that I have been able to write all these words for people to read.  Modern medicine truly works for Hodgkin Lymphoma.  The chemotherapy killed my body, but my body is completely back to normal (plus a few pounds).  That is incredible.  See David used earthly things to defeat the Philistines and the doctors and nurses used earthly medicines to heal my cancerous body.  However, I know and I claimed before this all began that this battle was the Lord’s and He has done so many incredible things through this journey with me and the people around me.  Now that I am at this crossroads, there is no way I would change the fact that I had cancer.  Through this time, I have learned so much about myself, my spouse, my family, my church, my friends, my not-so-friends, the body of Christ, and the character of God.  I would never wish chemo on my worst enemy, and yet I would never trade my experience for anything.
Next we meet with the Radiation specialist in a few weeks and get radiation underway.  But the cancer is out of my body and in remission.  
So you might be wondering now what?  Is this the end?  No more blog?  No more struggles?  Happily ever after?  (In light of the NFL Draft) Well Bryce Yelverton you just defeated cancer, what are you gonna do next?
No, I am not going to Disney World…but I am going to Disneyland!!!
That’s right!  Carly and I will be traveling to California on August 1st to go on my dream vacation.  We will be traveling with Adventures by Disney to Hollywood and Anaheim for a week of backstage tours!  We will visit Hollywood, the Jim Henson Studios, the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering (yeah I know!!!), and of course have backstage tours of Disneyland and California Adventure.  I truly cannot wait to go and celebrate being cancer free!
So what is next?  Yeah I mean, I can’t just sit around.  So I have a few things going on.  First of all, my blog has been a lot of fun and I want to expand out a bit.  In March I joined a blogging group called the Magical Blogorail.  It is a group of Disney focused bloggers so that might explain my random blog comparing the Frontierland in WDW and Disneyland.  I will blog with them every few months.
ALSO, I have embarked on a new side career…..being a travel agent.  That’s right, I am now working with my long time travel agent, Jana Smith and her company Main Street Travel.  The name might give it away, but I am now a Disney travel agent and can book your upcoming Disney vacation for you.  I am also free!  And trust me I am worth the money!  I will be posting much more about that off the blog, but I wanted to announce it here!  So if you want a no obligation quote to Disney (or just about anywhere else), email me at Bryce@mainstreettravelco.com.  Also I’ll be starting a new travel blog just for that Disney obsession, but more on that later.
Now for the big news.  I know you thought all this was enough, but remember I have hinted at big things coming to this blog?  I was really thinking about where I would go after the chemo was done.  Surprisingly the answer came from my father.  When my dad went through chemo and Hodgkin Lymphoma a very kind man sponsored my father in a marathon in San Diego.  He ran for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or LLS.  Now my dad wants to return the favor to me.  A few months ago, my dad told me he is running a half marathon in my honor.  And what better race to run than the Disney World Half Marathon in January!
Well I can’t let him have all the fun without me, so I am running too!  AND so is my family!  We are running with LLS and TNT or Team in Training.  
The best part is…..you can help too!  We have already started raising money for our team.  All the money we raise will go towards blood cancer research and getting us to the actual race in Orlando on January 10th.  So what can you do?  Well at the very max you can join our team!  Email me at yelverto@gmail.com for details or my mom at cheryl.yelverton@gmail.com.  Also you can check out the team in training website at http://www.teamintraining.org/  
My personal goal is $2900 and any money that runs over that will flow to my teammates.  Here is where you can donate towards my goal. http://pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/wdw15/byelverq9b.  Every little bit helps no matter how big or small.
Also this weekend, my sister Becca and brother in law, Griffin will be at the Clinton Brick Street Market selling some great home made items and all the proceeds will go to our team.
Also the best part is our team name…..The Yelverteers.  That’s right, you can come run with the Yelverteers and run along side not one, but two lymphoma survivors!
So that’s where the journey is going readers.  Paying it forward.  After going through chemo, I want to make it where no one has to have that horrible stuff pumped into them.  So we are raising money for research to help make that happen.  Also I need to loose like 10 pounds………
With that I am going to go celebrate.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Journey Strong.

Baby Steps

What a fantastic week.  I really can’t say I have had a better week than this week.  This week has definitely been the best week of 2014 and maybe 2013 too.  Why?  Well because every single day more and more of the past 18 weeks of chemo drugs have drifted from my blood stream.  Every day I feel better and better.  The numbness in my toes and fingertips has subsided to almost nothing.  The metallic mouth is almost non-existent.  No sign of a migraine.  It truly is a dream come true and an answered prayer.  Just a little relief has been incredible.  

It is so true that you really don’t appreciate the little things in life until they are gone.  I really missed just feeling good.  Just feeling energetic and not helpless.  People have even said that I have gained weight (in a good way, they add).  It is true, I have gained more weight that I lost at the beginning of my cancer journey.  Now to get rid of that….well, maybe next week.  I have got to remember a few things about this time right now before my next scan on May 7th.  Here they are:
1.  Don’t rush things, you have been through a lot, take it slow.
2.  Be patient, May 7th is only two weeks away.
3.  Don’t forget.
You know that is the most important point.  Don’t forget.  On Good Friday after I posted my blog, I got up and took a drive to the grocery store.  I let down the windows and even opened the sunroof.  The sun, which I had avoided for so long afraid of migraines, was a welcome warmth on my skin.  I turned on some music (not telling you what….maybe it was One Direction), and just felt alive again.  I felt alive again.  I never want to forget that moment.  Because it was for moments like that one that are what living is all about.  
This is where the real battle begins.  Not in the midst of the trenches where you can easily see what is good and what is evil.  The real battle is in the everyday life.  I can easily slip back into my life before cancer, where I didn’t appreciate every sunset, every cool breeze, every Dole Whip, every laugh, every George Winston song, every hug, every moment with my wife, every breath.  When God used Moses to lead His people out of Egypt and out of slavery, He parted the Red Sea right in front of them and they walked right through and you know what they did on the other side?  They worshipped an idol.  They completely forgot who they should serve and gave it all away to something else.  This is the real battle is living every day serving the right God.  
It is baby steps now.  I am going to slowly get back to where I was physically.  I am going to start walking again and maybe even play a little Ultimate.  But I can’t go back to where I was spiritually.  I have to keep moving forward.  As my baby steps turn into being “me” again, I can’t forget what He has done and I can’t forget to keep looking at what He is doing.
We think sometimes that God is only in the big things, but as I have talked about before on here, God is in the details.  We can’t forget to look for Him in the still, small whisper.  So that is what I have to do, never forget.
“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'”  – 1 Kings 19:11-13
Listen for that voice, never forget what He has done for you, and continue to Journey Strong.