"I realized God really really does love me and He's gonna take care of me." - Kathy
Kathy visited her doctor after noticing an unusual spot on her skin. To her surprise, the diagnosis was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Until then, she had lived a normal life and was not prepared for this life-changing news. After 6 months of chemotherapy, she anticipated a good report from her doctor. Unfortunately, he reported that nothing had changed!
A feeling of disbelief, numbness and fear of the unknown overcame her. She wondered, “Why do I need to deal with this?”, as loneliness crept into her life.
One day, Kathy realized she had a choice to make: Let worry take over her life or trust God instead. She chose to trust God and felt a sense of peace come over her.
God is faithful to help you through tough situations! Just call unto Him and He will answer you.
Points to consider:
If you don't know Jesus and you're going through a tough time, know that Jesus is the peace that surpasses all understanding. Come to Him and He'll give you rest.
Open the Word, read the Word and the Word will come alive to you.
Everything doesn't get better just because you asked Him to come be with you but know that He'll walk with you through it all and give you peace.
Grace Notes by Philip Yancey
"Jesus' response to suffering people provides a glimpse into the heart of God. God is not the unmoved Absolute, but rather the Loving One who draws near" (91).
Words to Live By:
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:7 (ESV).
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV).
Dr. Ron's Perspective:
Cancer – the terrifying word no one wants to hear or speak about. It strikes fear in the hearts of most people, triggering images of suffering and death. A cancer diagnosis makes one feel vulnerable and fragile. Shock, fear and disbelief are also common reactions. Many people wonder, “Why is this happening to me?” Some are afraid to die, and indeed, some will. You are not alone in these feelings and reactions. Many others who have received a cancer diagnosis are afraid too, but there is always hope! Death may be the end of life as we know it on Earth, but it is also the beginning of a new life in Heaven for those who are saved through Jesus Christ.
American Cancer Society
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Like many of us, Kathy examined her life and wondered why this was happening to her. Only God can answer this question and quite often He will give us a Special Assignment in the midst of our suffering. When we reach out and help others who are going through a similar situation, we can find joy and peace in fulfilling the purpose that God has for us!
Helen Howarth Lemmel found a purpose and joy in her life while struggling through many heartaches. At one point, her husband walked out on her when she lost her eyesight. In the midst of her blindness, she went on to write close to 500 hymns, including, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus."
Morgan, R. (2003). Then sings my soul: 150 Christmas, Easter, and All Time Favorite Hymn Stories (Special Edition ed., pp. 234-235). Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson
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