Marlene is a perfect example of, shall we say, “still becoming all God created her to be.”
Don't ever stop dreaming your God-given dreams because they are not just about you, but about the legacy you are building for generations to come.
Is there a dream that is bouncing around inside of you longing to be birthed? Do you ponder, as Mary did, how could you possibly give birth to it?
have come to realize that I don’t have to be labeled as a “leader of the multitudes” as Joshua, to possess my God-given dream.
This time last year, CW introduced you to Judy Kassaye, a thirty-something vibrant woman who had won her battle with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, with her faith leading the way, Judy did more than survive the diagnosis and months of chemotherapy. The months in and out of doctor's offices and hospitals fueled a fire inside this dark-eyed beauty. Rather than avoid cancer treatment centers like the plague, she decided to enroll in nursing school with a dream to become an oncology nurse. Her purpose: to affect the lives of other women forced on the journey of breast cancer.
Cancer free for one year and eight months, she was accepted to nursing school on April 13, 2011. Two days later, she and her oncologist celebrated the news together. In the same visit her doctor's fingers found a small lump.
On April 18th , history repeated itself and Judy was once again, diagnosed with cancer; stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer. Although she had already lived the experience of diagnosis and scheduling chemo treatments, her initial reaction was to be numb with shock. How could this happen again? Why should this happen again? Ironically,within two days of her diagnosis, she was notified that she was awarded a scholarship to nursing school. Her dream collided with her past and Judy wrestled with her new reality.
On Easter Sunday, with her eyes wide open, Judy's understanding of life became wider and deeper.
I'm a Christian so Heaven is home and it's disease and grief free. I can live on earth with God in my heart or I can live in Heaven with Him. It's win, win. Either way He gets the glory.
All that said she continues with,"I've decided to fight for my life. I believe I have a God-given appointment to finish nursing school so I don’t see myself going to Heaven before then."
Each day Judy inspires her friends, acquaintances and strangers with her optimistic attitude. Speaking engagements are opening up for her to share her story and she is writing a book. Her goal is to share her life lessons with everyone she meets.
To read the original blog on Judy, go to:
Life’s speed bumps and collisions can leave us with tire tracks on our back from being run over by life or we can let God leave a distinct Fingerprint on our heart. When we yield to His purpose He prepares us to love and empathize with those He sends our way.
As Eleatta makes others' dreams come true, her own dreams unfold.
On the third Friday of each month, Eleatta Diver can be found at Goldenbelt Art Studios in Durham, North Carolina on "open studio" night. You might witness the unveiling of her newest painting and if you want to chat with the artist, you can count on her asking,"What is your dream?"
Eleatta and her husband of twenty-nine years, Brian, have five children. The older ones are making their mark in society while the youngest is in middle school. A home-schooling mom,she made her family's needs the priority for twenty-three years.
Six years ago, Eleatta's art moved from the back burner of her life to the front. She began to create from a new medium, trash. Soon after, a series of events occurred that would make it clear that her artwork was a catalyst for change . King's Park International , the Diver's local church set a goal to purchase a home for the African Children's Choir , a troupe of singing orphans who perform concerts throughout the world.It was the desire of the church to provide them a home base while they are in America, where they can rest, play and focus on their studies. Hence, the fund-raising began.
Eleatta saw the correlation between her medium of trash and these children,orphaned by AIDS and viewed by their countries' as disposable. Discarded items and the orphans could all be considered without value,but her creative eye saw what the founders of the choir saw. Just like her trash was transformed into art she realized what the children needed for transformation was for someone to look at them with a different eye. Eleatta chose to look beyond the obvious and into the potential. From that experience, the Redemption series was birthed.
"Redemption is a word that is pregnant with hope...it carries with it the idea of re-purposing or redefining...the assurance that something that is wrong can be made right.
Sales from the Redemption series were applied to the purchase of the Mirembe House, where the African Children's Choir enjoys rest on six acres when they are touring in the area. Eleatta's life as a working artist began when she availed her giftings to better the lives of others.
Look for Part 2 of Eleatta's journey on Thursday, Sept. 30th.
To learn more about the Mirembe Capital Campaign, go to: http://www.kpic.org/ministries/missions/acc.html
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