Another God-Centered Breast Cancer Testimony
Paul TautgesPaul Tautges serves as senior pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, having previously pastored for 22 years in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving, and contributed chapters to two volumes produced by the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is also the consulting editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is a Fellow with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children (three married), and have two grandchildren. Paul enjoys writing as a means of cultivating discipleship among believers and, therefore, blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.
- 2014 Dec 23
[The following testimony was submitted by a woman in the state of Georgia whose pastor, Kevin Hurt, gave her biblical hope and counsel in her time of trial.]
As I think about my journey of being diagnosed with breast cancer, I go back to the very moment I was told that the biopsy was indeed positive. In that moment---with my husband---we were both shocked. Previously, over 11 years of mammograms, there were many times I had to go back to be further checked out, but it had always been okay. As you may imagine, sitting there receiving this news was a major blow to us both. I remember thinking: “What do I do with this? How do I figure out all the medical terms that are being used? What are my next steps?” And on and on it went.
As I began my visits to the and oncologist, and surgeon, and learned more about breast cancer and what my path would look like as I dealt with it, I began asking God lots of questions. Most of the questions were about me: “Why me? Why was I the one getting this? Have I done something wrong with the way I lived?” My mind became bombarded with questions. I sought after God and He sent ladies who had been through the valley of breast cancer to bring encouragement to me. They spoke truth from His Word, encouraging me to focus on Him, rather than my circumstances.
During this time, my pastor, who is a biblical counselor, told me about a lady named Brenda Frields who wrote a mini-book called Help! I Have Breast Cancer and gave me a copy to read. As I took that little book and read it, I was overwhelmed with the material and how she answered every question that had already gone through my mind. I discovered that the initial thoughts of anger, and wondering “Why?” were normal when given the news that I had received. The author reminded me of God’s Word, she dealt with my heart issues, and directed me to be focused on my Lord since He is my strength and help in times of trouble. Once I finished reading the mini-book, I went back to my pastor and shared with him how the book answered my questions and really helped me deal with the reality of having breast cancer. I believe this book is a must-read for anyone dealing with breast cancer, herself, or with a friend or family member.
This book started me on a journey of understanding that our Lord allows things---both good and bad---into our lives. He does this so that we may be molded to become more like Him and to bring Him glory as we walk through life’s journeys. I have come to realize that I do not have all the answers, but I don’t have to. I know God does and He will supply for me all I need to walk in the midst of these difficult times. Brenda Frields quoted Psalm 63:1, 6-8 as being a passage that really spoke to her. It certainly spoke to me, as well, and I know that if you are out there dealing with difficult times then God’s word will speak to you too.
O God, You are my God; I will seek you earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
It is through this mini-book and God’s Word that He has revealed to me that His righteous right hand does uphold me and that I can view breast cancer as a uniquely wrapped gift from God to me. Through this gift comes many unexpected blessings and many things the Lord is using for my good. These are things that I would not want to miss out on. God’s plan is perfect and, therefore, we can trust Him. What He has brought about through this has been amazing. I will pray for you, that if breast cancer is something you face then you will reach out to Him and let him bless you through it.
[This post was first published at Counseling One Another.]