Peace Family here’s what President Trump had to say on Friday afternoon. It’s always good to stay informed… though we know God is still in charge and on the throne.
*Photo courtesy of Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Peace Family here’s what President Trump had to say on Friday afternoon. It’s always good to stay informed… though we know God is still in charge and on the throne.
*Photo courtesy of Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Hi Peace Family, Jami Mayberry here. You might not know this but just a few months after being hired at Peace 107 in 2013 I was diagnosed with cancer. It was shocking and I remember talking about it on the air and asking the Peace Family for your prayers. After surgery, chemo and radiation I was declared cancer free. There have been many check up since then and God’s grace (and your prayers) have carried me through the experience! Thank you so much. You will never know how much that meant to me.
I spent Valentine’s Day of this year at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. It was a routine check up but they still make me nervous. After a long day of tests, Dr. Kathleen Schmeler found me to still be cancer free. That makes 6 years! One of the doctors told me last year he didn’t think I would make it to the 5 year mark so I am so happy and grateful. God is good all the time and I’m praising him for this great report.
Today I want to send you encouragement that your prayers are heard and God does answer them. Not in our time but in his. Not in our way but in his. May his faithfulness pour out on you today.
After a long day of tests at MDA Dr. Kathleen Schmeler declared me still cancer free. So relieved and happy to be at the 6 year survivor mark. Thank you for your prayers and love!
Peace Family you have been a huge part of my journey with cancer and I wanted to share with you the good news…As of January 28th, 2019 I am now 5 years cancer free! Here’s a picture of my doctor, Kathleen Schmeler and I at my check up a week ago.
I began working for Bryan Broadcasting in 2013 and three months later was diagnosed with cancer. I was shocked and had the unenviable task of telling my bosses that news. I also had to ask for time off for treatment. In all my career I have never asked for time off the first year I work a new job. It’s not done in radio. One of my strengths is being dependable, showing up on time and working hard. This went against everything in me. I was scared.
The news was met with support and an assurance they would hold my job and wait for me to get better. They would be there with me. It was amazing. I also was only 90 minutes from one of the most renowned cancer centers in the world: MD Anderson in Houston. My doctor fast-tracked me there and 25 days later I went under the knife to removed a 2 cm tumor. Then the hard part started. Radiation for 6 weeks M-F with a chemo called Cisplatin every Monday to enhance the radiation. Boy did it. By the 4th week I had second degree burns and was begging for mercy.
No mercy was given. Doctors explained that radiation was cumulative and since I had sensitive skin it would be something I would just have to endure. That was the price to try to make it 5 years without a recurrence. That is a difficult place to be in. I worked years to learn to be present in the moment and not live in the past or future, and now I was asked to reverse that. It pushed me to my limits and drove me into the arms of Jesus. There were some days I was so weak I used a wheelchair. There were times that my prayer was just the word Jesus…it was all I could get out in my suffering.
You never know how you will react to a challenge like cancer but I realized something profound. God is God and he is good even if I had cancer. My faith was solid. I did not ask why or feel sorry for myself. He was my only source of help. If there was any immaturity in me it was burned away during radiation. I realized that I might not be okay and that was okay. I had lived an amazing life and a gratefulness entered me like I had never known.
I had tests every 3 months for 4 years and then every six months. Now, it’s once a year. To be honest I did not think I would make it to the 5 year mark. There is still no guarantee it will not come back at any time. I try now to live fully each day. And my family and lifelong friends say I have a peace and calmness about me that wasn’t there before. I guess facing death will do that to you. And your priorities get checked really fast.
So, in closing, I am here!! I can’t tell you the joy that brings me. Thank you for your prayers and kindness during this time. It’s been an honor to be with you every day on Peace 107 and be a part of your life. My purpose in life is to encourage others in Jesus name. And I will stay and do that as long as God allows me to.
Hi Peace Family, Jami Mayberry here and I have been thinking a lot about waves lately. My father passed away in 2018 so this has been a rough time of adjustment and grief for me. I have learned that grief comes in waves. At first it is constant. And then slowly it begins to come in waves.
It’s funny how a little, simple thing can trigger it. I was grocery shopping this week and walked down the cereal aisle. My eyes landed on my dad’s favorite cereal and I teared up right there in the middle of the aisle at Kroger. It brought on a wave of deep missing him. Friends tell me this is very common but I was taken aback by it.
Author C.S. Lewis said that part of loving is the missing them when they are gone. It’s the price we pay for loving. That seems about right to me. To love is to be open and vulnerable to hurt. It happens to all of us. Whether by death or estrangement, loss is universal. I want to encourage you today that God is there in those moments and waves of missing someone.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Matthew 5:4 reads, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” These verses have given me so much comfort during this season and I hope they will comfort you too. And also remember, sometimes you’ll hear just the right song at the right time and it is like a balm to your soul. That’s where listening to Peace 107 can help too! Don’t hesitate to embrace uplifting and encouraging music at these times. We are here for you, Peace Family.
With the new year comes a time to reset your priorities Peace Family!
Do you read God’s Word everyday or every week? If you’re ever wondering about God’s direction for your life or just need to hear his voice in a situation, the source is his Word. It’s like going right to the source of the spring when you need water. I understand why it’s likened to living water.
If you don’t have a Bible get one. It can even be your preference to have a physical copy or download one online or on your phone. Or do all three! 🙂
Get alone with God and open His Word. It’s a life changer!
Right about now you are in the afterglow of Christmas and looking forward to a brand new year with 2019. One thing I am grateful for: LEFTOVERS! I am a big believer in the fact that many foods actually taste BETTER the second or third day. Somehow the salads marinate a little bit more and the desserts settle into their sweetness in a delicious way.
Don’t knock leftovers…it means you had the means and the time and someone took the TIME to make your holiday special. What an amazing thing in these times. A recent survey predicted that as the Baby Boomers age, we will have a whole section of society called Elderly Orphans. They are folks without immediate family to take care of them in their older years. It happens more and more and it made me so grateful and aware of the people in my life that love me and want to share the holidays together.
One thing I did was make lifelong friends that became my handpicked family. Yes I have a family, but those friends that choose to be around are an added blessing.
So if you see someone without leftovers this year share some of yours with them. There is nothing like homemade food to warm a heart and fill a tummy and let others know they are valued and loved. Peace Family, be a conduit of that love. Be Jesus to others.
Peace Family one of the joys of holidays is going through old photos and remembering.
Once you stop laughing at this one, I will tell you it’s my 2nd Grade picture. I was 8 years old. It wasn’t pretty…I was losing baby teeth, forgot my socks that day and my mom pulled my hair back in a ponytail instead of rolling it. I was skinny but an athletic tomboy who was determined to do well in school, because I had a rough home life. My father had abandoned my family when I was 4, and my mother went on to marry 5 times looking for love. My sister, brother and I just felt in the way.
This could have been a tragic story but something amazing happened. My maternal grandmother took me under her wing. She was a strong Christian woman who saw a bit of herself in me. She had been the captain of the basketball team in high school and head cheerleader and she saw athletic and social potential in me and nurtured that. She knew I was lost as a middle child often is, and she wanted to fill in the gap. She began attending all my sports games and choir concerts and was an excellent role model of what a nurturing, strong woman should be.
Years later I would have a counselor tell me that my grandmother saved my life. She believed in me and gave me confidence. She taught me to love Jesus. And she was a career woman all through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, which was rare at the time. She and my grandfather were married 52 years and were a great example of staying with something even when it gets hard. If there’s any good in me it is because of Dessie Mae and Jesus. I am ever so grateful. She died in 1994 but I wear her wedding ring every day on my right hand and think of her. Especially during the holidays.
So don’t be afraid to get out those old pictures and remember the past and where you came from. And build these kind of memories in your kids and families and stand in the gap when you see a need. It can change a life!
By the way, I’m the one on the second row, first on the left. With one front tooth. Stop laughing! 🙂
From a young age most of us have what is called a Fear Of Missing Out or FOMO. When we’re young we yearn to be older and when we’re single we yearn to be married and on and on it goes. Now that we are in this tech-dependent world it’s hard not to check your phone every few minutes. Or at least several times a day.
Instead of living in perpetual fear of missing out, many people are embracing a new approach to our always-on lives. There are people now who don’t want to be a slave to their tech gadgets and computers. They are taking time to tune out. It’s called the Joy Of Missing Out. Amid growing concerns over our digital habits, a growing number of companies have begun to take steps to encourage people to disconnect.
Google and Apple have both jumped on the bandwagon, adding features to their mobile operating systems that help users track their use. The challenge is REAL: On average, adults spend four hours a day with their social feeds. And 70% of employees say they do not disconnect from work even when they are on vacation, according to a Linked In survey.
With the holidays right ahead of us, I encourage you to take ‘time out’ and really enjoy some face-to-face time with your friends and family. Enjoy a healthy conversation with them and look them in the eye like we used to years ago. You can makes some great memories that way and after all, the only thing we can take with us is our memories. I can’t tell you the number of times I have been in the hospital and reliving memories have comforted me and calmed my nerves.
So here’s the challenge: Only use your phone for directions, ETAs, and taking photos. The rest of the time BE PRESENT in the moment. You will be glad you did!
Hi Peace Family, Jami here and I was recently reading about how the root of many of our resentments and unhappiness stems from unmet expectations. “Expectations are just premeditated resentment.” Boy…does that hit home! I am a focused, goal oriented person with a bit of perfectionism thrown in. That combination can make for unrealistic expectations from yourself and others.
I realized I was putting pressure on myself to meet certain standards that no one else was requiring of me. Family and friends reminded me that they weren’t expecting me to be perfect…I was doing that to myself. What a burden to put on someone, especially YOURSELF! I am here to tell you today just don’t do it. It will lead you to be disappointed in yourself and others too.
There is a book called “Unhitching From The Crazy Train: Finding Rest In A World You Can’t Control” by Christian author/Counselor Julie Sparkman. In it she explains how we all have a picture of how life should go. The dream job. Close Friendships. Loving, grateful children. A perfect marriage. But life doesn’t go according to our plan. So we corral and control—determined to make our picture come true. But when that dream job isn’t fulfilling, when our friends disappoint us, when our perfect babies turn into teenagers with minds of their own, when our marriage is far from perfect, what do we do? I am learning to let go of unintentional efforts to corral and control people and circumstances and replace them with God’s bigger picture. Replacing unmet expectations with a deep, soulful rest that only Jesus can bring.
That kind of deep rest is dependent on the finished work of a Savior who will never leave us alone. As we experience him more in everyday life we learn how to trust him for the rest he promises. So I am attempting to jump off the crazy train of stress and unmet, unrealistic expectations. The kindest thing we can do for ourselves is to give ourselves a break. You don’t have to be perfect and neither does anyone else in your life. We are human and all struggling to let go. God’s grace is the sweetest sound I know. So embrace it and extend it to yourself. And you (and everyone else around you!) will be a lot happier.
Peace Family, there are times we all feel invisible and unimportant. Sometimes other people make us feel that way and other times it’s circumstances of life. It just happens to us. Another way to think about it is how many invisible people are in your daily life and cross your path?
My friend Rick Falk is a school teacher in California that I went to church with when I lived out there. His wife, Jan, is battling cancer and yet he is always thinking of others and how we effect them. Recently on Facebook he shared this thought:
‘ I’ve learned that the Swahili equivalent of “hello,” is “I see you.” I was thinking about that on my walk today, and speculating that all of us have invisible people in our lives. All they want is for someone to say, “I see you.” But they have probably realized they are dreamers if they expect that to happen. You never know who might be at a fragile time in their life.’
So, Peace Family today just say “hi” to people you meet and pass by because in effect you are saying, “I see you”. You just never know how a smile and a hello can lift someone’s spirit. I’m going to try to do a better job of seeing the invisible people in my life and letting them know they are not invisible. They do matter. And so do you, Peace Family.
One of the most wonderful things to come out of being diagnosed with cancer in 2013 was meeting someone else with the same rare form of cancer. Actually she found me. Babs searched the internet and could not find a single survivor to talk to. Her friend, Monica decided she was going to find one because Babs deserved it. And needed it. And Monica did! It was me 🙂
So Babs and I felt like long-lost sisters and bonded immediately. We had been through the same chemo and radiation treatments, same side effects, same debilitating pain. In unspoken ways we were bonded with a ‘knowingness’. We also talked about our mutual love of the beach and how we both felt healing there, body and soul. Mostly soul. She invited me to come visit her and her husband in San Luis Obispo, Ca. and we made it happen in December 2016.
Yes it was December but that didn’t stop us from going to the beach for the day. She in her Santa hat and me in my black poncho, we went and sat in the swings at Avila Beach. It was wonderful. It brought tears to my eyes to be there with her. We didn’t say a lot, but my heart was so full. Just taking it all in. It is a favorite memory of mine from the trip.
A few days ago her son, who is a firefighter, took his parents out for brunch and they went to Avila Beach. While there he spotted some artwork for sale by a local artist. He told his mom to pick one out and she was immediately drawn to the one of the swings and he got it for her. Babs wrote me later in a note, “These swings are you and me, Jami…loving the beach.”
Before they left she told her son the story of the swings and why she picked that one. He slipped away for a few minutes and returned with a painting just like hers for me. Her son said, “This needs to go to Jami.” And Babs agreed. She sent it to me with a note explaining how it came to be and added, “Sweetheart, love it just like I do mine.”
This painting symbolizes hope to me. Surviving devastation and getting to take in the beauty of the sight, sound and smell of the waves. Quiet reflection of the past and hope for the future. And as we swung on the swings like little girls, God gave us a lasting memory. Now symbolized in artwork of those swings.
Start your day off right by listening to Brian Christopher and Kat McMullen on Peace 107! Need encouragement, for your spirit to be lifted up or maybe just to laugh until your stomach hurts? Come join us weekday mornings and face the day with a smile knowing that you can handle whatever comes your way! We are here for you with music and fun, mornings on Peace 107!
Peace Family I am one of those people who has a big heart that can sometimes cloud my judgement. I try to love everyone. But this can sometimes lead you to put yourself in vulnerable situations that end up being hurtful and toxic. It’s hard to know where those lines and boundaries are. But it can be like poison to your soul.
I grew up in a family without healthy boundaries. For many families it’s just part of the dysfunction. But it can make life harder than it has to be and very confusing. My first instinct is to love and accept whatever treatment I am given so as not to make waves. Have you ever felt that way Peace Family? But what that can lead to is people thinking it’s okay to treat you however they wish. And eventually your self esteem and spirit feel beaten down. I have struggled my whole life with this. In the past I have waited until I got to a breaking point and then stood up for myself and yelling may or may not have been involved. 😉 That’s how my family does things.
But that doesn’t work well in a work or social environment. Especially the higher up you go. I have let things get toxic by not setting boundaries and am learning to take responsibility for my role in that. But let’s face it…there are just mean, insecure people in the world that have a compulsive need to tear you down. They don’t even realize sometimes when they are doing it. And that makes kind-hearted people an easy target. Whether they are family members, co-workers or even church members…it happens everywhere and in every age group.
If you are struggling with boundaries and where those healthy lines are I want to encourage you to reach out for help and knowledge. I had two books suggested to me that address these things and helps unravel all the unhealthy learned behavior. I will dig into those this week and it helps to surround yourself with people trying to grow and learn too. But remember, we will always have people in our lives we have to deal with that are difficult. Don’t waste any energy on trying to change them, because that simply doesn’t work. You can’t change anyone but YOU.
Bottom line, I am so grateful to have a Savior who understands and has compassion on his children. He was mocked and had people say and do terrible things to him so he knows how you feel. And I am so grateful we have THE book that guides us on the paths to follow and the ones to turn away from. When I am in doubt about something or a situation I will grab my Bible and look for direction. It’s your ultimate source, Peace Family.
Peace 107 wants to wish all of our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day 2017! Moms come in all shapes and sizes and motherhood is defined differently for each woman. But a good guide is the ultimate book of life: God’s Word.
Turning to the Bible for direction and help is something Christians do regularly, but I think Moms spend more time seeking God’s face when it comes to their children. There is no greater responsibility than raising and teaching your children and it’s a bigger job then you ever thought it would be! Sometimes it can be overwhelming and even the best of us and most organized feel woefully inadequate.
But just for Sunday, let yourself enjoy the day and celebrate what you have accomplished! You are a warrior with a lion’s heart and will protect your children to the end. I have heard many times that there is no love on Earth stronger than a mother’s love. I believe that. No one loves you like your mom. When the world turns away, Mom will still be there. Isn’t it an amazing thing?
The only thing stronger is God’s love for you in that he gave his only son so that you should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) I sometimes think about Mary having to watch her son be crucified on a cross. It hurts my heart just to imagine, doesn’t it yours?
So we celebrate you, Moms, and all your sacrifice and devotion and love. Whether your kids are young, grown, near or live far away…whether they are here on Earth or already with Jesus, you will always be a mom and we celebrate you this weekend.
Peace Family this year May 8th-12th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Have you thanked a teacher lately? They do so much for our kids and even us in so many ways. Whether it’s staying late to finish a teaching plan or grading tests and doing things to get ready for the next day, teachers are the backbones of our children’s futures.
When I was growing up I found structure and stability at school. My teachers became roll models I looked up to and they set a great example for me. My home life was a bit chaotic and things changed on a dime, but things were consistent at school and I clung to that routine and the leadership of my teachers.
If you are a teacher we want to thank you for all you do. It’s no secret that teachers are underappreciated and underpaid compared to the profound effect they have on the lives of their students. Thank you for caring. Thank you for wanting to invest you time, attention and talents into your students and for making this world a better place.
We love you teachers!!