Finding Purpose through cancer experience

I was living a good life. Just recently remarried, frequent vacations, just enjoying life but something was missing. Through it all I felt so empty inside and would cry out to God frequently expressing to Him that I know there is something I am supposed to be doing with my life. I was a very stressful type person also, and when I would get stressed I would always say I’m probably going to get cancer anyway! I repeated that so many times that I started believing it. Then I started fearing it. Then I got it! My doctor said she couldn’t see any reason why I would get this, since I had no family history, etc. – but I knew why I did this to myself!! The bible says in Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I spoke cancer into my life with my words!!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2007, went through surgery, chemo, radiation and all the pain, discomfort and stress that goes along with it. But in the midst of it, the Lord has given me a music ministry. I have written over 50 Contemporary Christian songs in the past year, and am still writing them today. I have always written poetry since I was a kid, but never songs or music! I am not a great keyboard player (technically) but the songs God has given me are so amazing! Everyone says there is an anointing on them! I have my own little recording studio at home now, with an 8-track, where I record my songs (words and music).

Another amazing thing is that during this whole journey, from my diagnosis, recovery and discovering my God-given purpose, my 12 year old has become an awesome guitarist and also comes up with melodies he creates which inspires me to write more songs!! He is truly a gifted guitarist (self-taught). That’s how I am certain this is definitely a God thing because He also allowed me to give birth to my own band! (my son).

I’ve always wanted my own business and have been trying for years with mail order, web-design, computer services, etc., but never seem to get anything going for too long. I just got layed off from my job and it just seems that God is trying to tell me “Here is the business you always wanted and now is the time to do something with this”! I would like to be able to license my songs to already established Christian artists. I am working towards creating viable demos and have created a Myspace page which I am actively updating: http://www.myspace.com/leeryemusicpublishing

Only God knows what the next step will be! I would like to quote my most favorite scripture, which I consider my life verse(s): Philippians 4:6-7 “6-Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7-and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” God Bless you!

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