This promise from God holds the key to having peace in our lives, dear sisters. It tells us that when we fix our minds on the Lord, we can have the peace we are searching for.
It does not promise us only good things are ahead, but it does tell us we can have Shalom regardless of what happens.
Shalom is a Thriver word. Shalom means “peace.” I researched its original Hebrew meaning last week for a group I’m facilitating.
Did you know Shalom also means wholeness and completeness, as well as tranquility? Because breast cancer is a whole woman disease, dear sisters, Shalom can offer us a way of coping that involves a whole person approach.
Jesus often offered His followers (that’s us, dear sisters) Shalom that only trust in Him can provide. When we trust Jesus with our healing–and our very life–He gives us the wholeness and completeness only He has to give.
This is a promise we can stand on. Shalom is the peace that passes all human understanding, but it is not easy to have during the uncertainties of life with breast cancer.
That is why it is the peace that only God can give. We need His help. Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB) tells us how it is possible to have this God-given peace:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
How to Have Shalom
I want this peace, dear sisters. It is not always easy to attain. I think Satan makes sure of that. That tells me that it is all the more reason for me to pursue Shalom in the way God suggests in Philippians 4:6. Since I need to hear this right now, I will repeat it:
Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about EVERYTHING;
tell God your needs
and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.
Four action steps, dear sisters:
Don’t worry about ANYTHING does not mean to not worry about everything but the CANCER. No, the passage clearly says don’t worry about ANYTHING.
Remember this truth: God is bigger than your cancer.
Instead, pray about EVERYTHING, God’s second piece of advice to us, clearly tells us to pray (TALK TO HIM) about everything. No limits here. This includes cancer, treatment choices, God’s choice for a doctor and hospital, EVERYTHING, including restful sleep and good weather.
Tell God your needs. Again, I don’t see anything about limiting what we need. You may need money, someone to provide meals, offer your child comfort, drive you to an appointment, sit with you during treatment, or a cancer buddy to walk with through your journey. God wants to hear all your needs, including the ones for someone to come rub your feet and give you a pretty pedicure.
And don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. This is why I record my prayers, and it is a gentle reminder to thank God with my gratitude for His answers.
What we most miss here is not the reminder to remember our manners. We miss that clearly implied confidence that God answers all prayers. He may not answer it the way we want Him to answer, but He will and does answer all prayers.
God hears us, dear sisters, and He sees us.
I’m going to go pray about something erasing my shalom right now. Why don’t you join me? If you don’t know what to pray for, just start by journaling whatever is bothering you. I promise this will help you know how to pray, if you will open yourself up to God’s listening heart.
God bless you, dear sisters.
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