God Made our Bodies to Move with Dr Karen Wonders

Contact Dr. Karen Wonders at Maple Tree Cancer Alliance https://www.mapletreecanceralliance.org/

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You Say by Lauren Daigle

Mirrors are sometimes our toughest critics.  On a cancer walk we can become too easily influenced to think less of ourselves instead of MORE!  Lauren Daigle does a beautiful job in this song of handing us the precious truth that God longs for us to hang on to.  Use this song to replenish your mind when times get tough.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low
Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know
Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And you say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe
Oh I believe
What You say of me
I believe

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity
Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And you say I am held when I am falling short
And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe
Oh, I believe
What You say of me
Oh, I believe

Taking all I have and now I’m laying it at Your feet
You have every failure, God, You have every victory
Ooh oh

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours
And I believe
Oh, I believe
What You say of me
I believe

Oh, I believe
Yes I believe
What You say of me
I believe

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God is Bigger Than… Chasing Cars

Have I ever told you about Poochie?  Poochie was my dog growing up.  He was a total mutt that preferred lounging in the shade of the porch rather than doing any kind of activity except eating.  Other than food, the only thing that would get Poochie off the porch was the sound of a car with a broken muffler.  Then that dog would shoot off like a bullet chasing that car down the street barking up a storm.  But once by the street, Poochie would hear another car and tear off after that one in the opposite direction.  That dog would chase cars all afternoon leaving him exhausted and standing in the exact same place he started.

It frightens me how much I’m like Poochie.  I’m afraid I have the tendency to live my life like a dog chasing cars. I’m going through my day or my week right on track when suddenly something catches my eye and I am off in a totally new direction.  Continue reading

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Body Image and Cancer- excerpt Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey

The truth? Even though God finds my body
important, and doctors certainly tell me it’s important, at times in my mind I find myself treating it like it’s my worst enemy.
▶ CIRCLE any that sound like you.
• I hate my hips, my stomach, my arms, etc.
• The older I get, the flabbier I get.
• I never look at my body in the mirror.
• I never dreamed that my body would look like this.
• Fat cells fly through the air and attach to my hips.
Cancer, of course, adds more negative
thoughts about my body:
• Why can’t my body walk better, breathe better, lift better, etc?
• I take care of my body, and yet I still get cancer.
• I should be doing better by now.
• Why do I feel worse, when the doctor says I’m doing better?
• There seems to always be “one more
thing.”
Let’s look at our verse one more time:

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the
Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to
you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but
to God. 1 Corinthians 6:19

What does it mean to say that our body is a
temple?
In the Greek, the word “temple” in this verse
actually refers to not just the temple of God,
but a portion of the temple called the Holy of
Holies. This location in the temple designates
the place of God’s presence. (1)
The Holy of Holies was so holy, so pure that
humans could not enter it. The only exception
was once a year on Yom Kippur, when the high
priest would be washed up, dressed up, prayed
up and sent into the Holy of Holies to offer
a sacrifice to God for the sins of the Jewish
people. Just in case the High Priest wasn’t pure
enough to be in the place of God’s presence,
they tied a rope around his ankle so they could
drag out his dead body. Now, THAT’S a pretty
holy place.
Your body is a holy place where the presence
of God resides. You don’t need to worry about
if you are pure enough, because YOU ARE!
Jesus cleaned you up on the cross. Your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit- can there be
anything more important than that?

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Protecting Others From Your Cancer: Excerpt Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey

One way to see how minimizing can play a role in your cancer walk is to look at the ways people share or do not share about their cancer with those they love:

People diagnosed with cancer …

  • Might protect the people they love from the difficulty of their cancer treatment.
  • Might not share the severity of their discomfort, fatigue or pain.
  • Might not tell of their fears for their future or the future for those they love.
  • Might feel that “No one wants to hear about my cancer.”

Caregivers and loved ones …

  • Might protect the person with the diagnosis by not sharing stressful topics affecting the caregiver and others.
  • Might not share about struggles with finances, maintaining the household, their own fatigue or even the caregiver’s health.
  • Might feel that “No one wants to hear about the cancer.”

Sharing on your Cancer Journey

What about you?

  • Find changes in your Sharing Score. Place an X to indicate how much you shared at each phase of your cancer journey.

How much did you share about the difficulties in your life with those you love

Before the diagnosis:

Very Little                                /           Some Things               /           Almost Everything

1 ——————— 2 ——————— 3 ——————– 4 ————————- 5

Beginning of Treatment:

Very Little                                /           Some Things               /           Almost Everything

1 ——————— 2 ——————– 3 ——————– 4 ————————- 5

Now:

Very Little                                /           Some Things               /           Almost Everything

1 ——————— 2 ——————— 3 ——————– 4 ————————- 5

  • Do you see changes in your Sharing Scores? How?

Share your response if you would like.

The problem is that the people you are protecting are the ones you’ve shared your struggles with throughout your life.  Raising kids, financial difficulties, grief, loss- it’s our loved ones that we turn to through these.  Now cancer has come, and as both a patient and a caregiver, we protect our loved ones from the strain it is having on us.  “They have enough on their plates.  They don’t need to worry about me.”  Does this sound like minimizing?

It may help to think of minimizing from the flip side.  When have people you love been in need, and yet did not tell you until it was all over?  Can you see times when you know the Lord would have used you to lessen that person’s load, even if primarily through companionship and prayer?  Too often we think, “No need to say anything, because they can’t “do” anything.”  There is a loneliness and isolation that can stifle a cancer walk.  The truth?  God designed us to live in community.  That’s where the joy of the Lord is easiest to touch.

So, if we are going to improve our prayer life- and perhaps our relationships- by acknowledging the impact of cancer on our lives, the first step is to take a closer look at areas the impact might be felt.  (REMEMBER- each of these areas of impact affect cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones.)

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God is Bigger Than Messy Hair

I have a natural wave in my hair, which can be nice until the enemy of all hairstyles appears- humidity.  One day after seeing my hair disaster, my hair stylist recommended that I leave my hair conditioner in.  Don’t rinse.  I looked at her like she was crazy.  I had spent over five decades rinsing conditioner out of my hair, and leaving it in sounded disgusting.  But one day I tried it, and guess what- she was right.  It works.  I should have done it sooner, but something was keeping me back.  What took me from, “No way!” to, “I’ll try it”?

Simple.  I finally admitted how bad my hair looked.  Instead of doing something about the problem, I had been minimizing the problem.  Admitting problems can be tricky.  Do you ever think, “There are no problems, because God is in control?”  That’s not quite accurate. “The truth is, “Despite the problems, God is in control.”

Problems are still there.  Take cancer.  God is in control of your cancer and… Continue reading

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Still by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family


Stillness can be unimaginable in the chaos of cancer.  Yet think about the precious words Hillary sings: “You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak.”  Thinking about WHO God is helps me find the stillness I need.  AMEN

I believe that You were God alone
But sometimes I still try to take control
Cause I get scared when I can’t see the end
And all You want from me is to let go
You’re parting waters
Making a rain for me
You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see
You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak
All You need for me to be is still
I bring my praise before I bring my need
Cause there’s no fear You’ve not already seen
I rest my heart on all Your promises
Cause I have seen and know Your faithfulness
You’re parting waters
Making a rain for me
You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see
You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak
All You need for me to be is still
And know that You are God
Be still
And know that You, trust that You are parting waters
Lord, You whispered my name
Oh, You answered my prayer
You’re moving mountains
You’re parting waters
Making a rain for me
You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see
You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak
All You need for me to be is still
Be still
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God is Bigger Than Béarnaise Sauce

I love a good steak.  Even better?  A thick cut of steak covered in Béarnaise sauce.  YUM!  (I think my cholesterol just jumped from writing that sentence.)  Béarnaise consists of egg yolks, butter, lemon juice and seasoning.  That’s it.  The directions say to “stir constantly,” and of course the sauce needs to be made just before serving.  However, my other last minute chores include tossing the salad, filling the water glasses and maybe, just maybe, not burning the bread.  So I decide that the “constantly stirring” part of the directions is probably optional.  Do you know what happens if you stop stirring Béarnaise sauce when it’s on the stove?  You make very, very, VERY buttery scrambled eggs.  Not really what I was hoping for on my lovely piece of steak. Continue reading

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Cancer and the Church Handout

To download the Cancer and the Church handout click on the file below.

Cancer and the Church handout

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God is Bigger Than Traveling Husbands

There was a season in my life when my husband took a three-week trip every month for work.  I would drop him off at the airport with a combination of smiles, hugs and kisses.  The kids and I then rode home with high hopes that everything would be great until my husband returned.

I am pretty good at hoping, but not so good at waiting.  As the date for my husband to return grew closer, I would get caught up in the joyful hope of his return.  “What would I cook for his first dinner home?”  “What would I wear to the airport?”  “How would I keep the kids clean from the time they dressed in clean clothes until they saw their dad at the airport?”

But somewhere during his trip, day four or maybe day five- it would begin.  Continue reading

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