Thanksgiving is over. I’m sure we all loved the turkey and pumpkin pie! Well, some of us–I know it’s a bit un-American, but I don’t like pumpkin pie, but that’s beside the point. Thanksgiving was created as a day to focus on all the blessings God’s given up in the previous year, but sometimes that can be a little difficult.

Like when you have brain tumors.

I was diagnosed with brain tumors more than three years ago. These past three years have been filled with doctors’ appointments, treatments, side effects from the treatments, and some permanent problems because of the tumors. I’m completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. Along with that I have to use a cane because of damage to my balance system.

So you might think, it would be a little difficult for me to be grateful about anything, right? Wrong! There are so many things I’m grateful to God for. Most of all, I’m grateful  God has been with me through it all. Every time I’ve needed him, he’s been there. My prayer throughout this ordeal has been for me to stay in his peace and joy. Amazingly enough, I have most of the time. And the times I haven’t was because I took my eyes off him, just as Peter did when he walked on water.

One thing I’ve learned through all of this is that God is always there. We’re the ones who look away—not him. And all we have to do when we look away is to look back. He’ll be there waiting for us.

Lillian Duncan About Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—action-filled suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. Visit her website for more info.


  1. Lillian, I appreciated your post and like your thought God is ALWAYS there. If we forget that, as you say, we take our eyes away. He is always a fellow companion on our journey. I will be remembering you in this particular journey.

  2. Beautiful testimony! Thinking of you, dear Lillian.

  3. Lillian Duncan says:

    Thanks so much, Jude and Cherie. Praying you both have a blessed holiday season.

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