Words for the Weary: Whether it’s Cancer or Cornonavirus

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Dear Family and Friends,

Today we’re celebrating thirty-three years cancer-free from Breast Cancer #1! Woohoo! Some of you walked us through that bald and bruised newlywed year. Forever grateful!

Inflow – Overflow

I’ve been remembering how God comforted me in those scary, weary days, and I want to share that comfort with you. Although Covid-19 and Cancer attack differently, both want to kill and both change us forever. But. God. Is. Bigger.

He comforts us in all our affliction, SO THAT we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.           2 Corinthians 1:4 

A Weightier Word

April 2, 1987, soon after the surgeon delivered the diagnosis, “Becky, it’s cancer,” my pastor sat beside my hospital bed and spoke a tender, weightier word: “Becky, let God do something good with this.”

“But God”

We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward SOMETHING GOOD and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan. Romans 8:28

When we’re suffering the life-altering, wearisome effects of chemotherapy or quarantine, finding “something good” might seem as likely as finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer! But God.

I’m forever changed by Breast Cancer #1. I hate cancer. It lives as a monster under my bed, forever threatening to jump out and grab me — again. But God is BIGGER and He has forever changed me with “something good.”

Soon after Breast Cancer #2, a professional writer captured the “But God” and “Something Good” themes from Breast Cancer #1.

God’s faithful “something good” is comfort to me, overflowing to you. Even if you’ve read or heard my story before, please read it again. Why?

Four Purposes

  1. Happy Dance with me to praise God for the good He did with something meant for evil.
  2. If you’re weary in this pandemic, imagine me speaking a tender, weightier word to you: “Friend, let God do something good with this.”
  3. How is God BIGGER than cancer and Covid-19?
  4. Is God inviting you to know Him better – who He really is – rather than a version of Him that’s not entirely true? “Something good” coming from Breast Cancer #1 was understanding who He is as my “Good Shepherd.” The truth — not my version.

Whether it’s Cancer or Coronavirus

I know most of us like to skim, so I highlighted for you. Click here for the 4 minute “But God!” video referenced at the end of the article.

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Something Good

Thank you for celebrating with me and allowing me to overflow the comfort God Himself overflowed to me. It’s something good God continues to do!

Forever grateful,

Becky  (who BY FAITH is believing God to do something good with this)

 

Update 12/19 -Wishing it Could be Different

Dear praying friends and family,

Thank you for helping us with your prayers (and tender words, yummy meals, and thoughtful gifts!)!

Here’s the latest:

  • Good News: My surgeon is impressed with how well I’m healing. And just when I need encouragement, someone or something reminds me I am dearly loved.
  • “Wishing it could be different” News: The Oncotype test came back high. The higher the score, the higher the chance of recurrence. My tumor scored in the top 10%. Studies show that chemotherapy on these types of tumors reduces my risk of recurrence by about 30%. We had asked God to spare me the suffering of chemo, but now I ask you to join me in praying for His strength to sustain me (even bless many!) through the suffering.
  • Port placed Mon. 12/28. Chemo 12/29.

Yesterday, I was praying for myself:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

It struck me – I need Joy and Peace – and I will receive it as I TRUST IN HIM. And I will overflow with hope – supernaturally!!

The only way to walk on water – and not drown in the very real wind and waves! – is to keep my eyes locked on Jesus, trusting Him. I know this, but please pray I learn to live in the truth more and more. For me, this is the key to joy, peace, and overflowing with hope.

Before my diagnosis this fall, a dear student attended the same Hillsong United concert we attended. She came to class beaming, “When they sang ‘Oceans,’ I thought of you, Mrs. Michel!” Will you pray the truth of these lyrics will be more and more real in my life? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw&list=PL3deMd8-p5ledZn1Uy50Bg9girjnjQmGg&index=4)

Thanking God for you!!

Waking to the wonder of Emmanuel – God with us – more and more,

Becky

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (2 Cor 1:10-11)