Surrounded (Fight My Battles) by Michel W. Smith

This is your battle song!!!

Here is the one thing Michael W. Smith wants you to tell God about how you fight your battles…

It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You

AMEN!!


Lyrics

That’s how we fight our battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
(Praise and worship)
This is how I fight my battles

This is what we doing tonight

It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles

It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You

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Excerpt Bible Study #6 Control: Bigger Than Cancer

Control.  When I think about having control in my life, I tend to bounce around.  On one hand, I am thrilled that God’s in control instead of me, because I am pretty sure that I would be lousy at being in charge of the universe.  So, I’m good with God being in charge- until a monster problem appears in my life.  A monster problem could be poor health, divorce, unemployment, grief- and the list goes on.  These problems can push me to forget God is in control, because all I want to do is take control of the situation and “fix it.”  So, I get busy “doing things,” and in my own way I begin to believe that the things I am doing will “fix it.”  The things I am doing may be important and need to be done, but at some point I need to stop and remember that I am not in chargeGod is.

The only way to feel in control is to admit you’re not in control.  Knowing that God is in control and not you can provide a path to actually having control in your life.

The first step?  Remember you are not in control.   

Cancer brings lots of things for us to try to control, like eating, fatigue, test results, side effects- and the list goes on.  But the one area that we spend a tremendous amount of energy trying to control, and yet typically do not acknowledge, is our emotions.

  • “I don’t want them to see me upset.”
  • “I can’t get angry when they are trying so hard.”
  • “I don’t have the energy to keep smiling.”
  • “I love seeing the grandkids, but not all day.”
  • “I need to hide how frightened I am.”

Sometimes, it’s more than just a matter of not sharing emotions; it is not admitting to yourself that you are having them.  Yet, as the cancer walk gets longer and the fatigue gets greater, the feelings can start to sneak out in the form of frustration and irritability.  The lack of a place to share your honest feelings can take a toll on you.  The real question is: if you don’t admit you’re having negative emotions, then how can you lift the feeling up to God for help?

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God is Bigger than a Crying Baby

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It’s 2 AM, your 3-month-old baby is crying, and you don’t know why.  He’s not hot, not cold, not hungry, not wet and he is definitely not happy.  You’ve tried rocking, walking, feeding, singing, swaying and of course begging, and nothing has worked.  As you stare at the crying bundle of unhappiness, you begin to wonder if he will ever stop crying.  Surely this crying session will stop before he graduates from high school?  Maybe not….

By now you are convinced that the problem is you.  You’re positive you are a lousy parent and the child is doomed to have to grow up under your incompetence.  Your exhaustion, anxiety and depression from your inability to stop the crying has made you a basket case.  Beyond the sound of relentless crying, you realize that solving this problem is completely beyond your control.  You’re way past your wit’s end, when suddenly your precious baby falls asleep. There is no particular reason to explain how, when or why.  This is when you know that there is nothing on the planet like a crying infant to make you realize you are not in control.

These moments of truth in my life when I KNOW that God is in control and not I, are much too fleeting.   Continue reading

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Prayer for Young Parents with Cancer

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Prayer for Children with Cancer

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Prayer for Cancer Researchers

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Seeing God Cancer Stories – “My Brother and My Friend”

On this episode of Seeing God Cancer Stories join Larry Marshall and Dwayne Little as they discuss Dwayne’s amazing story to survivorship.

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Seeing God Cancer Stories – When Your Group becomes Your Family

Join Rachel Zink and Jenny Ritzert as they discuss Jenny’s unique journey with Cancer Companions and how her Cancer Companions support group helped keep her calm through her husband’s cancer journey.

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Seeing God Cancer Stories – When God Blesses You with Cancer

Lou Ann, newly diagnosed with lung cancer, saw a sign for a Cancer Companions Group. There she met Ken 5 year lung cancer survivor the Cancer Companion Facilitator. hear how God weaves blessings through Lou Ann’s treatment and uses the group to bring Lou Ann and Ken empathy, love and dear friends.

Update on LouAnn:

LouAnn Barczykowski (from our Seeing God series) came to her 1st Cancer Companions support meeting after seeing a notice on a Church’s electronic sign. She had been diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer that day. She came to our support meeting the following month wearing a customized t-shirt that read, WIN/WIN. She explained to us that she would either defeat the disease and win that way or she would get to meet God before the rest of us and win that way.

Well it looks like she is defeating the disease. Her PT scan a week ago showed zero cancer cells anywhere in her body, PRAISE THE LORD!!! LouAnn became a member of Dardenne Presbyterian in January, 2019. She serves as a positive example for all of us in the cancer support group. If your journey is proving difficult, you might want to check in with LouAnn and get a serious dose of HOPE.

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Video of the Month – Cancer Clinical Trials: The Basics

Video of the month is an opportunity for us to feature our favorite Continuing Education videos in the website’s archives. Our hope is that you will watch them to gain more skills, knowledge, and understanding of the cancer experience from a different perspective than your own.

Watch with your team at your monthly meeting or on your own. BEST PART? You can share these videos with friends and family – but only for the month they are featured…

MAY’S VIDEO – Cancer Clinical Trials: The Basics
By Cancer Clinical Research Nurse Christopher Buck, MS, RN, OCN

Why are clinical trials important? What are the different types of trials? What are the benefits and risks of participating?

Answers to these questions and MORE from a very smart guy who works in clinical trials everyday.


JUNE’S VIDEO – Women in Cancer
By Sarah Kivett

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