Primary caregivers can become overwhelmed or burned out physically, emotionally and spiritually after spending a great deal of time caring for your loved ones. Caregivers face social and health risks due to the stress associated with their job of taking care of a cancer patient, sometimes while holding down a fulltime paying job outside the home.
Providing respite for caregivers has been found to help sustain these individuals so they can maintain a higher sense of well-being. Respite care also prolongs the need to transfer the elderly to assisted living facilities while reducing the risk of neglect or abuse.
We find that one of the best and easiest ways to help a cancer patient and their family of caregivers is to pray for them. We encourage everyone to offer Respite Prayers to cancer survivors and their family of caregivers. Our prayer is that you will find the Prayer Respite Corner to be a source of encouragement, respite from a busy world, and life-giving to those who are tired, discouraged, in need of healing and hope. We invite you to visit often. We bless you in the name of King Jesus.
A Prayer of Respite From CancerFather God, we thank You for the good news received regarding the progress of so many cancer patient’s treatment. It amazes me that a few millimeter of tumor shrinkage equals hope and healing, while an increase of a few millimeters raises alarm and concern.
This is a battle fought on a cellular plain. We give thanks for all those Who are progressing in their treatments. May they continue to grow closer to a state of remission.
May those whose treatment has stalled be granted courage and perseverance to continue to live with this invader Until a healing may occur.
Grant them vision to see the world differently,to appreciate the simplest of gifts, and to recognize the greatest gifts Of life and love.
In Jesus’ name.
Through God’s Grace, Your Pain Has a Purpose
“My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” (2 Corinthians 12:9a TEV)
I meet hurting people all the time. You can take two people, put them in the same difficult situation, and one of them is devastated by it while the other demonstrates a sweet spirit. How is that possible? It’s possible because one of them is relying on the sustaining grace of God.
What relieves our hurt and helps us keep going when we’re in pain and we want to give up? God’s grace.
Paul gives us a great example of this in 2 Corinthians. Three times he said, “Lord, take this pain out of my life,” and God didn’t do it. The Bible says God’s response was, “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak” (2 Corinthians 12:9a TEV).
When we pray for God’s help during a crisis, he will respond in one of two ways. He’ll either remove the pain, or he’ll give us the strength to deal with it.
We don’t tend to like the second option. We want God to instantly remove whatever pain we’re dealing with. Yet sometimes God leaves the pain for a purpose. He wants us to learn something. He can teach us much more through pain than through comfort.
When God’s grace meets you in the deepest, darkest places of your life, you realize that nothing — no problem, no crisis, no hurt — can devastate your life. You know that you can handle anything with God’s help.
But let’s face it. We don’t always handle our problems in a way that helps us to grow. Often we take it on ourselves. The Bible says that makes us bitter: “Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can very easily spring up in him a bitter spirit which is not only bad in itself but can also poison the lives of many others” (Hebrews 12:15 Phillips).
The only antidote to whatever pain you’re dealing with is the grace of God. To receive the grace of God, all you have to do is humble yourself, tell God you need his help, and receive his grace.
God may not take away the hurtful situation. But he can — and he will — walk with you through it.
Talk It Over
- What is a difficult experience in your life when God showed you his grace?
- How have you seen bitterness develop in you when you refused to give your pain over to God?
- Why is it easier for God to teach you things through pain than through comfort?
‘We Finally Gave Up All Hope.’
Acts 27:20 NIV (2011 Edition)Don’t despair. ‘When … the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope.’ The last thing we throw overboard when we face a crisis is – hope. And when we throw that away, we’ve pretty much ‘had it’. Are you wrestling with an issue that’s been battering you back and forth? Have you come to the point where you’ve thrown things out, and now you’re at the point of despair?
Remember, the sailors on Paul’s ship ‘finally gave up all hope’ because they forgot that God was in control. They forgot He had a plan. And they forgot that He can inject hope into an absolutely hopeless situation. When the Bible speaks of ‘hope’ it’s not talking about luck, or chance, or accident. No, it’s talking about focused faith! ‘Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD’ (Psalm 31:24 NIV 2011 Edition).
‘The eyes of the LORD are on those … whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name’ (Psalm 33:18-21 NIV 1984 Edition). ‘Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God’ (Psalm 42:11 NIVUK 1984 Edition).
‘Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope’ (Romans 15:4 NIV 1984 Edition). So the word for you today is: Don’t despair, but ‘Put your hope in God’.
(Psalm 139:16, NLT)
Your Story Ends in Victory
Did you know that all of your days have already been written? God has already recorded every part of your life from the beginning to the end. He knows every disappointment, every loss and every challenge. The good news is that even though you’ve had some challenges, even though you’ve faced some setbacks, your story ends in victory. Your final chapter concludes with you fulfilling your God-given destiny and experiencing His eternal restoration.
Any time we face a disappointment in life or go through a loss, we have to remember that there’s another chapter in front of us. We can’t stop on that page, we have to keep moving forward. Instead of focusing on what didn’t work out, wondering why we got sicker than everyone else, why we went through a marriage that didn’t last, or why we didn’t get that position we worked so hard for, focus on the future.Let go of the past and press forward because your story ends in victory, and God will restore everything that has been stolen from you!
“Father, thank You for setting me up for victory. Thank You for holding me in the palm of Your hand. I choose to release the questions and disappointments of the past so that I can be ready to receive the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”