Are you going through cancer and need encouragement? The Bible says God is very close to the brokenhearted and is an ever-present help in trouble. I think God is especially close to us on our cancer journey. As I type this, I’m praying for you. Below is the Amazon Link to a journal I designed just for women who are on the cancer journey, “The Cancer Prayer Journal for Women.” I’ve included some of the “Cup of Courage” blog posts related to cancer; and also scriptures and poems I used or wrote in my cancer journey.
He’s With You
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,Psalm 23:4
for you are with me.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;Isaiah 43:2
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
…The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
Nothing Can Keep His Love From You
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
God Can be The Strong One
God designed tears. They release emotions and pain that are too overwhelming and deep for words; let them be your prayers. Maybe you’ve always felt that you must be strong and can’t cry or show weakness. Cancer gives you no choice while providing us with a “justified” reason to cry. In this, we find healing and a vulnerability we may not have previously afforded. I wrote this little poem entitled “Let the Tears Flow” for my friend. Like many people, she had to grow up too fast, and her emotions or hurts were never allowed. Cancer has released tears that she’s bottled up since childhood. She’s learning through cancer that God loves her and doesn’t want that childhood for her. He is healing that inner child through the experience of this disease as she learns it’s okay to be weak. Cancer can heal us in so many ways.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9
“The Lord your God is in your midst,Zephaniah 3:17
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy;
He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins],
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
You Aren’t Being Punished
If cancer were a punishment, almost everyone would have it. Sickness is an age-old question, and I don’t think we will know the fullness of answers until we have limited minds and hearts in heaven. Some causes can be genetics, exposure to toxins, and other components. There are many factors at work in a diagnosis. Wherever your cancer originated, God wants to use it in a mighty way to bring restoration and healing into your soul, not just your body. Although I’d not choose cancer, after nine years of NED, I sincerely say I’m thankful for God’s blessings through the journey.
In 2014, I was diagnosed with advanced, aggressive Stage 4 Breast Cancer. (If interested in the nitty-gritty number details, click HERE). I recently celebrated my 9th year in “NED” No Evidence of Disease” status. Although I’d never want to have it again, I’m thankful that God healed my soul and heart as he healed my body. God walked me through chemo, surgery, and radiation, and He will do it for you.
Some Comforting Scriptures
God Is Very Close To You
God is very close to us during cancer.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:18
God Will Care For You
“…I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.”Isaiah 46:4
God Will Sustain You
Behold, God is my helper and ally; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder].Psalm 54:4
God Won’t Abandon You
When you ask God to help, save, and be with you, He will and won’t leave you.
“…The Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
He Gives You Strength
Nothing Can Take You Away From Him
You are in his hands. No matter what cancer does, it can’t take you out of his hand.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.John 10:28-29
The Cancer Prayer Journal for Women
Don’t go through cancer alone; invite God to walk with you. “The Cancer Prayer Journal for Women” provides encouragement, focus, release, and intentionality in prayer designed explicitly for women cancer patients. Debuted as Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in Prayer category.
Some of My Sickness/Cancer Poems
- I Will Be With You
- Walk Through
- It’s Not Over (‘Till It’s Over)
- Lord in the Shadows
- The Reason I Have Hope
- Let The Tears Flow
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