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Monday, May 24, 2010

How To Endure Trials: Manage It (No, Victorious in Christ) Monday

The Trials of Life 
Today is the 8th Anniversary of the day I had surgery to remove a football-size, cancerous tumor from my body, which was threatening my life. I had ovarian cancer (click on the link to read my testimony).  In the subsequent weeks following successful surgery, I received three rounds of chemotherapy, and then 24 weekly treatments of a lower dose of chemo, while participating in a voluntary scientific trial.  Following that time, I have had tests and checkups which have continued to declare me to be "cancer-free".  I am grateful to God today for life and health.
For me, this anniversary, and time of year, transports me back and I relive so many events from the past and I remember the feelings associated with that experience. For me, this is an emotional time.

Especially so, this year, on this anniversary, for we have just found out that our dear friend, who has battled breast cancer for 15 years, learned this week that her cancer has spread to all of her organs, and even broken a vertebrae in her back.  She is in intense pain.  I am deeply moved by my friend's situation, and concerned for them.  Our prayers go up to God for her and her family, and our thoughts are continually with them.  Yet, we give praise to God, for we don't want to withhold any of the praise and thanks that is due to the Lord, for another year of health in my life.

This morning, during my quiet time, feeling it might be helpful to listen to some solid Biblical teaching from an old familiar friend, I listened to the first sermon by John MacArthur, "Trouble to Triumph", in a series called "Benefiting From Life's Trials", a study from the book of James. (You, too, can listen free of charge to all of the sermons in the archives of John MacArthur's preaching.  You can also choose to download them onto your MP3 player, if you want, or read the transcripts. It's all free!  I enjoy hearing his voice and how he says what he says, so I like to listen through my computer.)

How Can a Christian Endure Trials?  
Quoting from the end of the sermon:
"How can a Christian practically endure trials? What is the practicality of trials? That's what James wants to hit.  It's not enough to say, 'I must persevere.' Tell me how! How do I persevere?
These are the pragmatic aspects to a persevering faith--several things are required:
  • A Joyous Attitude, vs. 2:  "Count it all joy."
  • An Understanding Mind, vs. 3: "Knowing this."
  • A Submissive Will, vs. 4: "Let patience have her perfect work."  Let it do what it's gonna do.  Accepting it from the Lord, getting under it and learning what He wants you to learn.
  • A Believing Heart:  Don't have wavering faith, vs. 6, but ask in true faith; vs. 8, don't be double-minded. A believing heart that never wavers in faith.
  • Then in verses 9-11, A Humble Spirit, that is willing to accept anything.
The way to go through trials victoriously is with a joyous attitude, an understanding mind--perceiving the reality of the trial and the purpose in it; a submissive will--accepting it from the Lord, getting under it and learning what He wants you to learn; a believing heart--that never wavers in faith; and a humble spirit, that is willing to accept anything.

That's how you handle your trials."
(My goal was to strengthen myself in the Word and be encouraged; maybe it will do the same for you.  To listen to the rest of the series, click "trials".  You may also enjoy John MacArthur's series:  "7 Steps to Spiritual Stability" or other resources at

"Thou shalt find thy hopes were just,
Jesus is my hope and trust."

Trials strengthen faith and trust, for the believer.  As I get older, I can look back and say, the Lord has been with me in the past through every trial, small and great, and He will be with me through whatever trials I'm going through now, or may have to go through in the future.  He is faithful. Rejoice with me and be glad. Trust in the Lord, for He is good.
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Blogger Jami Balmet said...

Wow I can't image what that would look like to have to deal with that. Praise the Lord for your health.

And aw good old John MacArthur..I love his sermons!

May 24, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger alicia said...

You are very inspiring. I can only imagine what emotions this anniversary must bring up.

May 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Sometimes, I read what I've written, and it seems like another person's story--I think, Who is that? kind of like another person's life. God certainly gives grace for whatever He allows in your life--I can testify to that. I spent hours listening to John MacArthur today:) while I was cleaning up around the house. I really enjoyed the 2nd message in "Seven Steps to Spiritual Stability, Harmony and Joy"! I want to listen to it again--excellent! I come away so strengthened by the Truth he shares. If you get a chance, click on that link and listen!
Are you moved yet? How are things going? How does your hubby like his new job? Hope things are going well for you!

May 24, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I don't know how inspiring I am, but I praise God He loves me and is taking care of me. Sometimes my emotions are strong. Today, the Lord really blessed me and strengthened me through listening to John MacArthur messages--as I said to Jami, the ones in "Seven Steps to Spiritual Stability" are fantastic! I listened to 1 and 2 today. Highly recommend them. Thanks so much for your kind comments. It is always difficult to imagine having to bear someone else's cross--God hand-picks mine for me, and so on. I can't even imagine going through what I did, but God gave strength and courage, one day at a time. He is wonderful.

May 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

You are such a beautiful inspiration.

May 24, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

You are even more so to me!

May 24, 2010 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Wendy - I had no idea you had faced a battle with cancer. My husband is also a cancer survivor - almost seventeen years. Throughout his entire ordeal, God gave us peace and strength to endure.

This is a very inspiring post.


May 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you, Joan. What kind of cancer did your husband have? I have always felt that it is harder for the caregiver than for the patient. I admire you greatly. The Lord gives grace for whatever we have to go through, at the time we need it, but not before. So, I needn't worry about tomorrow, and I must take life day by day, one step at a time. Our memory hymn at church this month is "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus"--it has been very precious.
Thanks again, Joan!

May 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

What a beautifully inspirational post. Congrats on your 8 year anniversary and prayers for your friend.

May 25, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Sorry it's taken me this long to respond. My husband had testicular cancer and after only a year of being in remission, it returned in his lymph nodes. Praise God, he has been cancer free for seventeen years now. Yes, cancer is hard on the caregiver also. I have a place in my heart for the spouses of cancer patients. Life doesn't stop just because someone has cancer and it's often difficult to deal with everything. Without the Lord’s help, I probably wouldn’t have made it. Have a blessed day!

June 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

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