SHINE: Prosper By The Spirit — Stand Up to Cancer, Live Well and PROSPER!

SHINE … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Stand Up to Cancer, Live Well and PROSPER!

© 2012 Tonya M. Evans

September 8, 2012

“The best way to say, ‘I love you God,’ is to live your life doing your best.”~ don Miguel Ruiz ~

I dedicate this post to one of my closest and dearest sisterfriends, Barbra, who is a thriving survivor of an advanced form of breast cancer.  Everyday Barb reminds me what it means to live an inspired, courageous life in full view.

One year ago yesterday on September 7, 2011, she was diagnosed. Ever since then she’s lived her life “out loud” as “Pink Ink” at and through various other local and national advocacy outlets like

Through these channels she invites God to use her “life in the cancer lane” as a testimony to encourage others to survive, to thrive and to PROSPER. She uses her light to illumine the paths of others to be informed, proactive and involved. She SHINES!

She uses her life everyday to say “I Love You, God.” And so even in the midst of the tumultuous ups and downs of relationships, surgeries, chemo, radiation and uncertainty she PROSPERS.

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Life’s big picture is sometimes so overwhelming, especially when we receive difficult news or are in the midst of a challenging time or circumstance. Sometimes awful things happen to amazing people.

“Things come together; things fall apart.” ~ Pema Chodron

In the midst of complexities and complications, hold fast to this essential truth: Life isn’t about doing everything only the next thing in the present moment.

The whole of your life is present in this moment. There is nothing more. The past is gone and the future hasn’t happened yet. Now is everything. Now is the only thing. Now is all there is.

What can you do right now to live your best life? The answer is different for everyone but sometimes the next best thing is to stop, breathe and affirm with gratitude your very existence. Remember, there are no mistakes only new information.

In the present moment is where your best life awaits; in the present moment is where we experience the fullness of the Divine. That is where you truly PROSPER!

The best expression of God’s love is in living your best life; the life planned just for you!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11



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