Saturday, May 27, 2017

Don't Waste Your Cancer

John Piper wrote a hard-hitting article that has been an inspiration to us.

Please go read Don't Waste Your Cancer.

I think this could apply to many other types of suffering besides cancer.


  1. Excellent read on the article. There are several other free books that can be downloaded if you follow through and click the link (if one has time to read, that is!) Hoping this day brings you many joys to brighten your heart, and my prayers are with you and your husband as you forge ahead with whatever God has in store.

  2. A hard-hitting and challenging article! I believe he is correct.

    I suffered with suicidal thoughts from debilitating depression for years, but a huge breakthrough came when I decided to take Gods Word literally, and believe that:
    every. single. day. a gift from God.

    Shared the article to FB, and continue prayers proclaiming Gods' goodness, mercy and healing. HUGS!

  3. Lori in MissouriMay 27, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Gina, this article is outstanding. I can see how much wisdom and consolation it can give to you and your entire family.
    And you're right. It addresses perfectly a trial I am facing that doesn't even begin with a "C". I'm so glad you shared it with me.
    Remaining in prayer for you all,

  4. Gina, thanks for sharing this excellent article. It ties right in with what I've been pondering. Love and prayers for you and yours...

  5. I once gave a devotional at our sewing circle on this article--and then, years later, when I was asked to have devotions again, someone asked me if I remembered what I had spoken of the last time. I didn't. Ironically, I had just recovered from a cancer surgery when I had the second devotional. That was two years ago now, and I feel fine.

    I've been meaning to pass along what I have been enjoying from Psalm 2, 3, & 4 of late. I'm not sure if I could pick out just one verse, but maybe if you read them, something will stand out to you. They're short Psalms. I was inspired to study Psalms by a young man from church (a former student) who had a really inspiring Wed. eve. topic on the Psalms. This is Wisdom literature at its finest.

    I pray often for you and your family. I'm really sorry that the way forward is so challenging right now. Go with God.

  6. Thanks for sharing that Gina. It's definitely very thought provoking! May God receive all the glory from your trials. Gina, your blog is a great encouragement to me. Thank you for sharing your lives with us all! God bless you all!

  7. Hi Gina, yes I'm am a "lurker" who has followed and enjoyed your blog for years. You and your beautiful family have brought me such joy to see the beauty of Christ in all of you. My heart breaks for the trial you are going through. Ed will be in my daily prayers and of course you and your whole family. Praying for wisdom on treatment and comfort for all of you! Love, a sister in Christ

  8. Thank you, Gina, for sharing! What an excellent and thought provoking article. Continuing to pray for you and yours! ~Randy & Eunice

  9. This is so true, when we were going through this we did wonder why...but accepted that God would use it for His Glory if we allowed Him. We were able to be the example of true peace in Christ, and incredible strength from the Lord.

  10. I don't know you but thank you for posting article, I've never read anything quite like it and have saved it - you're so right, it seems to apply to everything in life, thank you. My hardest problems now are with mental health. Also copied the thought of Grandma Ruth's about taking it literally that each day is a gift. Of course we must be honest and sometimes we're weak and not able to even begin to try reaching for those ideals let alone meet them. We hope for, and have faith in grace! Goes without saying that you're not wasting things with this blog, it's lifting people up.

  11. Thank you for sharing this. I believe it is right, this is the eve for us for our daughter to go for a biopsy. She has had much pain. Each step of finding answers takes time as we wait for tests and wait for results.her pain is from the waist down.her legs are numb from the knees down. We trust God and pray for answers soon. Diane H

  12. Dear Gina,

    I’ve debated whether to respond to this post since you put it up but in the end, I felt I just had to comment on it.

    I just have one question for you – which of your children would you design cancer for then refuse to heal just so you could get the glory?

    My parents weren’t Ward and June Cleaver nor was I part of the Brady bunch and there were times when I know we kids got on their last nerve (especially since there were six of us)! We all took our fair share of spankings but never once did they design cancer or any other illness for any of us and they wouldn’t have for all the glory in the world.

    As a matter of fact, such a thing is called Munchausen by Proxy and even non-Christians call it child abuse!

    The only thing I can agree with in this article is to read the Bible and commune with God in prayer. When you read your Bible, please pay particular attention to Luke 11 where Jesus is explaining that when a child asks for an egg, a good father doesn’t give him a scorpion, etc!

    Then you might read the scriptures that tell us about the goodness of God, how He’s light and in Him is no darkness AT ALL (emphasis mine) and how He’s already provided everything needed for life and Godliness. Note that this last scripture is in the past tense, note that every scripture about healing is about how it’s already been done. God didn’t rest on the 7th day of creation because He was tired; He rested because He had already done everything that was needed.

    God loves us so much and like any good earthly father, He’s provided for us. Be patient, trust God to be true to His word and seek out all the healing scriptures and dwell on them instead of the disease. I heard that Joel Osteen’s mother had terminal cancer and was sent home from the hospital to die. Instead she decided to write down healing scriptures & take them like medicine at least 3 times per day, speaking them aloud. She declared that she would live and not die and she lived! I searched and found a list of the scriptures she used here:

    I never wanted to discourage you or Ed but I just couldn’t stand my God being labeled a child abuser!

  13. Why do bad things happen to good people? This is how I have explained it to my Grandaughter. Once I was riding a horse through beautiful country in British Columbia, but as I rode along, I became engulfed in a swarm of mosquito's! My horse began to prance and throw his head, becoming very agitated. Though concerned, I stayed steady, and prayed. One of the other riders shouted from the back of our group that we needed to take a shortcut home and get out of the swarming mosquito's before the horses bolted or threw someone off. That's what we did. When we got back to the ranch we heard from some of the cowboys, that it was a very good thing that we had taken the shortcut, because they had confirmed a Grizzly bear on the main path! I have never stopped thanking God for the mosquitos, even though my hands and face were covered with bites, and swollen. I believe this is the meaning of John Piper's message. All things work together for those that Love Him!

  14. Thank you for sharing this article. It really gave me a lot to think about. I think that when we have a deep sense of the goodness of God, understanding even the bad things of life as part of his design for us helps so much in accepting and yes, using our pain.

  15. ^ Anonymous, yes I think my theology probably corresponds better with yours than with John Piper's (as does that of the many Christians--maybe including Gina, who knows--who believe that God allows rather than designs fallenness). Skipping over points #1 and 2 as being not really for me, I still find it a very very useful and eye-opening article : )

  16. ^ Meant to add too that in the same way as I'd let a labouring woman say all kinds of things that totally disagreed with my theology without contradiction, it's probably OK to let things go with people who are going through hard times (although I don't know if you the commenter are going through really hard times too so I guess I'm not being very consistent!)

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