Cancer and Worry Except from Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey

So, another way to read these verses could be:
Throw all your worries of life on Jesus, because
Jesus cares for you. Be calm and collected; be
actively alert. Your adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to
devour.
1 Peter 5:7-8
Read the above aloud.
From these verses, we can see…
Three Steps for Coping with the Worries of Life:
Step #1 Throw all your worries of life on Jesus.
Step #2 Be actively Alert.
Step #3 Be Calm and collected.

Step #1 Throw all your worries of life on Jesus.
Don’t hide your worries; name them.
Telling yourself not to worry and yet still
worrying is not giving your worries to Christ.
I know it can be scary to acknowledge your
worries, for fear that they will begin to steal
your focus and fill your head with negative
thoughts. But when you take the time to
identify your worries, and name them, then you
can focus on seeing Jesus with you in the midst
of your difficulties. This is what makes your
worries begin to shrink. Did you catch that?
Seeing Jesus with you in the midst of your
difficulties can put them in perspective and
help their influence shrink.
Common Physical Worries for Caregivers and
Survivors:
(Caregivers are exhausted, stressed, and often
unhealthy because they place their physical and
medical needs aside and focus on their loved
one in treatment. So, many of these statements
also apply to caregivers.)
Rate how often you are aware of these
concerns?
N               S                 F                     C
Never  Sometimes  Frequently  Consistently
____I am concerned about getting enough rest.
____ I can’t sleep during the day, even though at
times I feel I need to.
____Even when I am feeling rested, I am
concerned about staying rested.
____I’m concerned that I never know when the
fatigue will come.
____When I feel an ache, illness or lump I
become concerned that the cancer is growing
or has come back.
____I hold back from sharing concerns about
my physical difficulties with my medical staff.
____I hold back from sharing concerns about
my physical difficulties with my loved ones.
____I worry that the treatments drained me so
much I will never be energized again.
____I worry that my side effects will get worse,
or that new side effects will appear.
____I worry that the scan/test will have bad
news.
____I worry that since I haven’t had a test/scan
for a while the cancer could be back.
____I worry that the cancer is growing or has
come back.
____I worry that the cancer is growing or is
back and my medical staff will not know it.
____I worry that the cancer is growing or has
come back and I will not know it.
____I worry that the cancer is growing or has
come back and my caregiver will not be able
to care for me.
____ Other:
Share your answers if you would like.
Look again at Step #1 for Coping with the
Worries of Life: Throw all your worries on
Jesus.
So how do we do that? How do we throw all

of our worries on Jesus? We pray. Prayer is a
priceless weapon for worries- all worries. Let’s
boldly lift our worries up in prayer.
Prayer #1 Please pray aloud with me:
Lord,
I know You are carrying me through my cancer.
You have lifted me out of the darkness and into
the light more times than I can count. Please
place cancer in my past. Rip away every cancer
cell from my body and the bodies of my loved ones
for now and for all time. I know all things are
possible through You. In all things, Your will, not
my will be done. In Your name I pray, AMEN.

Excerpts from Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey Bible Study.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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One Response to Cancer and Worry Except from Finding Hope in Your Cancer Journey

  1. Thanks for being here, for uplifting stories of hope,and helping me have faith that things will improve day by day,zig we just live one day at a time!

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