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All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
— Psalm 25:10 (NRSV)
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and decided to have surgery to remove the tumor and keep the cancer from spreading. Each of my many chemotherapy treatments produced debilitating side effects. My body changed; my hands, feet, and nails turned dark; my hair fell out.
I suffered physically and mentally, but my faith in God helped me to stand strong and stable. When I found out that I had cancer and would undergo treatment, I spent time in prayer, read the Bible, asked for mercy, and asked other believers to pray together that God would hear my cry. The Bible encouraged me, helping me remember that God has the answers I seek.
During that time 18 years ago, God gave me a life work: preaching the gospel. Now I see life as a blessing from God. Even when we are troubled in body and mind, we can rely on God’s grace and receive God’s mercy with humility. As the psalmist wrote, “Good and upright is the LORD.”
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room