Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What to do When Fear Grips Your Heart

By: Shari A. Miller

They call my name back to the lab.

It's time. Time for that dreaded monthly blood test.

My heart beats fast and I wish that I could be anywhere but here. As I sit in the chair they prepare everything to draw my blood. While they draw my blood, I pray hard, "Dear God, please, please, let that blood be good, please let the tumor markers be low."

Once their finally done, I sigh and walk out of the room trying to push out of my mind what will happen if the blood tests come back with a high tumor marker count.

It will equal a PET scan with the possibility of the metastatic breast cancer spreading to other areas of my body, with a new treatment soon to follow.

Fear grips my heart and I silently cry out to God, "Why Lord, 10 years later, I still don't understand."

"Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." - Psalm 62:2 (NIV)

This is the reality of a metastatic breast cancer patient. This is my reality, a reality that I deal with every hour of my life.There are times that I just don't understand, times when I am mad, sad and filled with fear all at the same time.

We all go through hard times in life, some have harder situations than others. What matters is what we do when these times strike and try to knock us down for the count.

When these times grip my heart the only thing that helps me through is my faith in Christ.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified;do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

When I am at the end of my rope, I reach out to Christ and hang on to Him instead. You see, God does not want us to be crippled by fear. He says numerous times throughout His Word that He will be this us, that He is our rock and salvation and fortress therefor we do not need to be afraid.

Whatever trial you're going through today, give it up and turn to Him instead. Let Him carry your burdens there is no need for you to do it on your own. There is no need to be worn out be fear and worry, take the force of those emotions and turn them into something good instead through the help of the Lord.

Take the opportunity to show others who He is through these hard times. Let His light shine though you as you proclaim His goodness and tell others how He has walked with you and at times carried you every step of the way.

It's okay friend, He will take care of you, just trust Him with the situation, give it all to Him and surrender the worry into His hands.

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  1. Blessings to you.and thank you.for hosting. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings

  2. What an amazing woman of faith you are. Even while facing one of the hardest thing imaginable for many (cancer), you hold on to our one true God who stands by us throughout every storm. Thank you for encouraging all of us to step out in faith rather than hide in fear!

  3. I add my thanks to Laura. You bless us as you point us to the One who loves us in the face of every circumstance. I'm adding my prayers to yours for peace and a good report. God bless you!

  4. Oh, dear Shari! I am SO sorry to read of what you are going through! Bless your dear heart! If you ever need to "vent" or "talk", please know that you are more than welcome to email me any time. You have blessed me so many times as I come by here for your weekly link-up. It just hurts me to know that your trials are so heavy. I, too, am dealing with multiple health issues, and satan's only color is black...he paints the darkest pictures, but Jesus said he is a liar..the father of lies...the truth is not in him. We just have to cling to the voice of Truth, in these moments of fear and despair, (even though it is hard sometimes to hear it amid all of the clamor of the enemy) and know that He is the One Who is carrying us. God bless you, dear friend. I will be praying for you. Please let us know how things are going, and thank you for the weekly link-up.

  5. You go through so much and yet encourage us. Thank you sweet sister. ❤️


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