Dear God, They Say It's Cancer
Introduction Sharing Sister to Sister THE LORD WILL FULFILL HIS PURPOSE FOR ME; YOUR LOVE, O LORD, ENDURES FOREVER -- DO NOT ABANDON THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.-- Psalm 138:8 IF ONLY MY WORDS WERE WRITTEN IN A BOOK --...
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Introduction Sharing Sister to Sister THE LORD WILL FULFILL HIS PURPOSE FOR ME; YOUR LOVE, O LORD, ENDURES FOREVER -- DO NOT ABANDON THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.-- Psalm 138:8 IF ONLY MY WORDS WERE WRITTEN IN A BOOK -- BETTER YET, CHISELED IN STONE!-- Job 19:23-24 MSG I'LL WRITE THE BOOK ON YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, TALK UP YOUR SALVATION THE LIVELONG DAY, NEVER RUN OUT OF GOOD THINGS TO WRITE OR SAY.-- Psalm 71:15 MSG Surviving for a Purpose "Hi, my name is Janet Thompson. I am a breast cancer survivor." Doesn't that sound like a recovery-meeting introduction? Many words associated with breast cancer trouble me. The worst offender is the wordsurvivor. Survivorhas become a household term from reality TV programs in which only the toughest, smartest, bravest, and most popular contestants survive the elements and win. To me, this is an unappealing concept. In heaven, the Lord says, the first will be last and the last will be first...and the sick will be well. The brandingbreast cancer survivorcreated an internal struggle for me. My surviving insinuated others didn't -- that made me sad. Having to survive in order to live -- that made me mad. Maybe I wouldn't survive -- that made me apprehensive. Stating I "survived" implies a hard struggle -- that scared me.Survivorjust didn't seem to fit me. I cringed every time someone used the word, especially when everyone felt the need to tell me stories of women who died from breast cancer, then ending with theonewho survived. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard. As I was settling in to write this book, the following press-release e-mail flashed across my computer screen: HOWARD SIGNS SADDLEBACK LEADER. Howard Publishing signed Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA) women's leader Janet Thompson for a book that encourages women battling breast cancer. Thompson, a breast cancer survivor, has an extensive national speaking ministry. There it was for the entire world to see -- I am a "breast cancer survivor." Like it or not, it is a fact; so I had better get used to it. I would love to tell you that happened and I now freely use the wordsurvivor. Not the case. I continuously seek a new term to describe the ordeal because I'm more than just a "survivor"; I'm also a "winner"! You see, there is a spiritual battle going on around us -- a battle for our souls, our hearts, and our minds -- and God does not want us merely to survive this battle. He assures us that with His help we will be victorious. Wounded but not defeated. Not just surviving, implying we barely made it, but energized by running the race, staying the course, and fighting the good fight. Somehow, some way, we will be better women because of this experience. I don't feel I just survived; rather, I believe God had a purpose and a plan in my breast cancer. He wanted my heart to break for every woman going through this. He intended for me to write this book and speak freely so others also might find purpose in their breast cancer. It took me month s to write the first words of this book. I wanted so badly for you to have it in your hands, but every time I thought about putting my journey into words, it seemed too painful. Finally, I cried out to God to release what was holding me back and discovered that freeing power came when I wrote through the pain and despite the pain. Tears and sadness consumed me as I penned the first pages to you. But I broke through the wall as I poured out my thoughts and heart to the Lord and to you, and before long I wasn't crying anymore...well, most of the time. This book is for you, my breast cancer sister. While I may not know you by name, I know you by heart. I understand your feelings and pain, and I want to walk beside you as only a friend who has been there can.Dear God, They Say It's Canceris the book I longed for duri
"A Friend to Help You Through..." ^No matter where you are in your breast cancer journey, this book is the companion you need. Whether...^" you've just heard the dreaded diagnosis for the first time^ you're in the middle of decisions and treatments^ you're experiencing the disappoint of recurrence^ or you're several years beyond the initial trauma..."^No matter where you are in that journey, you need someone who understands. You need a trusted friend to walk along beside, someone who's gone before you. You'll find that friend between the pages of this book. ^This book is yours to use in whatever way serves you best. You can start in the beginning and work your way through, or you can use the detailed table of contents to help you find just what you need for what you are experiencing on any given day. ^This Helpful Guide Will Be Your^"* Mentor * Record keeper * Journal * Devotional * Prayer guide * And friend"^Each chapter includes ^ A Sister Shares -- stories fro
Janet Thompson, founder and director of About His Work Ministries, is an author and speaker on topics relevant to today?'s Christian. Janet discovered her purpose when God called her to Feed My sheep. Janet answered that call by developing the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church, where she and her husband, Dave, have been members since 1987. Janet served as a lay minister for 12 years leading Saddleback?'s Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry, and she continues to share the blessings of mentoring by training churches around the worldDave and Janet have four married children and