Encouragers

I have unfortunately found myself up late, once again, waiting for my oxycodone to do its thing. I’m even on a higher dose…I’m feeling no relief, yet. After a week filled with more health issues, “trying to get into a house that we were supposed to be in a few days ago” saga, packing…well, it’s not exactly hard to get a bit discouraged. 
What? Discouraged? But God took your tumors away!
I know. 
I believe some people have this idea that once the visual sight of cancer is gone, then the energy will swing back, my hair will suddenly grow back, I won’t need my cane and pain-free of course! 
Nowhere close. Complete opposite actually. 
But I have been encouraged every day this week by a card. You see, I have this “encourager” that attends our church and when I have a rough week of treatments, she hands me a bag the Sunday before, FILLED with cards for each day of the week. Last Sunday, to my surprise, I got a bag. I’ll be truthful…I didn’t get it. Perhaps she hadn’t heard the news! No, she heard. Perhaps she thought I was having treatments…nope. 
I think my encourager knew something I didn’t. It’s those times right after we experience God the most, that come a time of trial. This week has been a trial…and more. I thought I’d be on cloud 9…but I still feel much the same…just a lighter head I guess! I’m still in pain. I’m still having trouble sleeping. I’m still sick. I’m still using a cane, trying to hope my hair will grow back at all…still trying to get over the effects of chemo. Almost as if satan is around the corner asking, “I bet you thought everything was going to be better now didn’t you?” 
My encourager has reminded me through the daily cards this week that I’m still valued, still loved…I’m still His. It’s so easy to buy into the lies (lies that the enemy puts in our minds through our own assumptions, our own feelings and by the circumstances that surround us)…but God knows what He is doing. I need to define myself by Him…not the way I feel…or even want to feel, but rather by Whose I am. 
I’m reminded of a song by MercyMe called “Beautiful.” The lyrics are below. I’ll end here because, well, I can’t say it better than they can!

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Beautiful lyrics

Days will come when you don’t have the strength
And all you hear is you’re not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart
They’d see too much

You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful

Praying that you have the heart to fight
Cuz you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you’ve held inside so long
But they are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves
Enough to die!!!

You’re beautiful, You’re beautiful
In His eyes

You’re beautiful!
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful!
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful!
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful!
You are treasured
You are sacred
You are His


Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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4 thoughts on “Encouragers

  1. Oh my goodness Bethany! I am so happy to learn of this “Encourager” you have! What a blessing! What a creative idea! Keep dancing in the rain! love you!

    – Wanda H

  2. Oh my goodness Bethany! I am so happy to learn of this “Encourager” you have! What a blessing! What a creative idea! Keep dancing in the rain! love you!

    – Wanda H

  3. Still praying for you, sweet friend!! When I read about your tumors disappearing I sat at my desk crying tears of joy for how God healed you (and I posted a link to it on my blog)!! I have no doubt that God is going to keep working miracles in your life!! Please let me know if you need anything!!

    ASH

  4. Still praying for you, sweet friend!! When I read about your tumors disappearing I sat at my desk crying tears of joy for how God healed you (and I posted a link to it on my blog)!! I have no doubt that God is going to keep working miracles in your life!! Please let me know if you need anything!!

    ASH

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