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8/24/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Cathy's website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. We will have updates, pictures, and opportunities for you to serve Cathy in any way that you feel called. Thanks for visiting!
The first week of August was a time of celebration for my family and my husband's extended family as we spent time in the Colorado mountains at a Ratliff family reunion. During that week I received a call from a Dr. giving me the news that I had breast cancer. I was very surprised to hear this diagnosis, as I have been feeling in pretty good health, and had no idea I would ever encounter the word cancer.
Proverbs 3:5,6 has been a verse for me for a long time and again it was one that spoke to me. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” I know that God loves me. Even with my imperfections. I can’t lean on my own understanding of trying to figure out the “why” of this diagnosis. I can acknowledge Him. He is sovereign. He is Creator.
I never choose the hard path. I like comfortable and easy. I know that my struggles in life have always made me grow and be better in the long run. I know (From Romans 5:1-5) that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, character , hope. And hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
I am a blessed woman even with this word cancer beside my name now. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, 3 beautiful children who have married 3 wonderful spouses that all love the Lord. We are the grandparents of 6 and expecting 2 more this coming year. I am blessed and I have hope.