I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.
My deepest desire and prayer in this trial is to magnify Christ - to my family, to my friends, to anyone I encounter - because I firmly believe that God has a plan in all things, even our suffering, and that His plan is ultimately for our good.
Journal Entry ~ 02/15/18
17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." - Daniel 3:17-18
Oh, to have the faith that these three men had as they stood in defiance to the king! I often ask myself when I read this story if I would be able to get into the fiery furnace with the same complete trust that God would deliver me from the hand of evil. As amazing as this story is, it should reminds us that our faith can look straight into the darkness and still see the light.
There are those who act as if living the Christian life is about putting on a happy face and denying the realities of this world. For others, it's more about their status, or what people think of them - it's all a show. There are people who are more concerned with appearing they live the Christian life, than they are with the reality that they battle evil in their life like the rest of us. In some circles, acknowledging to others that you struggle as a Christian is akin to denying your faith. I know people who struggle with transparency because they think if you are weak in a moment of temptation, or if trials enter your life, then somehow you're not as blessed or you're not living the Christian life correctly. If they struggle in their marriage or with their kids, they don’t let others see it because they don’t want people to think they’re “bad” Christians, so they put up a front. Deep faith does not mean denying who we are or the struggles we face.
It's also not about covering up our deepest fears with biblical cliches. For those who are dealing with difficult realities, Christians friends and family will sometimes give a pat answer that basically tells the one struggling that they just need to have more faith. That's not it either. It's about looking straight into the fire, acknowledging the reality of our situation, and having complete trust that God will rescue us. It's about surrendering all to Him. I want to be the believer who will step into the fire.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26 What believer would not want to experience the kind deep devotion to God found in these verses? This kind of loyal commitment is the desire of every person of faith....yet it eludes so many of us. If you've been a believer for long, you know there are times it does not come easy. There is a great price involved in reaching the kind of faith found in these verses. This level of commitment is only achieved through fierce struggle. The battle between Spirit and flesh is constant, but it is in the battle that we are strengthened when we choose to lean in and trust God, to turn to Him for our strength in the battle, and to keep our eyes fixed on Him despite what the world throws at us. Asaph wrote these words only after a difficult and confusing crisis of faith. He was tempted to com
I am a believer in Christ, and I have breast cancer. On August 17, 2017, I was diagnosed with an aggressive (HER2+), recurrent (hormone negative) type of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. At this point, they have not yet staged my cancer because they are waiting for the biopsy results from a suspicious spot in the second breast. The biopsy is scheduled for September 5th, with a lumpectomy to follow on September 7th. They will formally stage my cancer after they biopsy my lymph nodes, which will be taken during the surgery. It doesn't make any sense to me that I have a cancer diagnosis - I am a fairly healthy woman who runs 2 miles almost every day and eats a gluten-free, primarily paleo diet, with no family history at all. But it makes sense to God, and so here I am. Update ~ They found 4 isolated invasions during the lumpectomy. Due to the nature of my cancer (HER2+ and ER-), the recommended protocol is chemotherapy and radiation. Beginning in October, my chemotherapy regime
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