Packing For The Journey

By January 30, 2012Cancer & Faith

This post was written by Cindy Hamilton as she shares her breast cancer journey with our readers.

Half the fun of taking a trip is planning it! I love to pour over the brochures, peruse the websites, make lists, and pack my suitcase. So, I’ve been thinking; what do I pack for this spiritual and healing journey? Here’s my list so far:

God’s Word (This has already given me a lot of courage and strength.) The Bible will be my travel guide and map. When or if I get lost along the way, I have all the confidence in the world that He will be my GPS. There may be a lot of “recalculating, recalculating,” but I trust that God knows where this journey ends, and He will get me there safely.

Prayer Journal–Over the years, I have kept a prayer journal during different times of my life. It always amazes me to go back and read how God has intervened in the most wonderful ways! Several years ago, I purchased a book called, Praying in Color by Sybil McBeth. This book teaches even those of us who aren’t very artistic to doodle our prayers in a journal. It’s fun and effective.

My “fight” songs. I have created a playlist of my favorite songs on my IPod that are musical prayers for me. Music is healing! When I wake at night, dark thoughts filling my head, I sing. I often wake with one of these songs playing in my head.

There are several books that I want to read along the way. A dear friend just sent me The Meal that Heals, Enjoying Intimate Daily Communion with God by Perry Stone. Anne Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is another book that will be packed away in a special place. There are so many wonderful books out there that are just a click away on my IPad!

Speaking of the IPad! The YouVersion app at is a free Bible App that allows you to take the Bible along on your IPad, IPhone, or laptop. The App has multiple translations, Bible reading plans, a place to take notes, and other great options. So, that will definitely be packed in my suitcase!

My camera. Photography gets my creative juices flowing! When there is an artist inside who can’t draw or paint, photography fills the void. It’s fun to see God’s world through the lens of a camera. It’s as if you have an intimate close-up look at His creation. Scripture and photography just goes hand in hand.

My Pillow………OK, I don’t go anywhere without my pillow!
It’s going to be a miraculous journey; and I may have to pick up some things along the way, but I have all the faith in the world that God will provide. Now, who will go on this journey with me…………


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  • Julia Fleshman says:

    Cindy, Thank you for sharing your “adventure” with us. I am currently getting ready to start with my Mom, who lives with me and suffers dementia, the journey of radiation and Herception for her 3rd round of breast cancer. The battle is already hard and we have only begun. I love the quote by Becky about being afraid but saddling up anyway. God promises to not give us more than we can handle, He can handle it all! It is me that has the shortcomings, the doubts and fears. Please keep encouraging, giving helpful tips and thoughts as others including my Mom and me embark upon this journey. Life is not the mountains and valleys that are commonly referred to but more like two railroad tracks that are side by side, one bright and optimistic the other dark and pessimistic, which are you focusing on? Help me to focus on the bright side of the track as we travel through the plains, mountains or valleys. Help me to focus on the scenery that makes the journey the blessing and not just focusing on the destination.

  • Becky M says:

    Cindy – I made a scrapbook (pre-iPod or iPad) that I carried with me where ever I went – treatments, doctors appointments and every where else. In it I had Bible verses that were of specific meaning to me. I had pictures of my family and friends. I also had quotes that had come to mean something to me over the years . . . one of those was John Wayne’s “Courage is being afraid and saddling up anyway.” This book was (and is still) a blessing from the Lord.

    God bless.

  • Christine says:

    If you like photography then you’ll LOVE Ann Voskamp’s book!

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