Don’t go looking for trouble

I saw my oncologist on Friday. It was my three month check-up since being declared cancer free (I love saying that, by the way!) It was a little surreal being back in his office after having spent so much time there in the past 10 months. He asked some questions, listened to my lungs, checked for swelling in my legs, asked some more questions, ordered a blood test, and said I didn’t need to come back again for another three months. It was rather quick and painless for an oncology appointment. I asked him what I should be looking out for or if there was anything I need to pay special attention to and he said, “Erin, don’t go looking for trouble.” While he later clarified and said if I had any unusual pain or swelling I should give him a call, his words have really resonated with me. How often do we worry needlessly, seek out problems, or fret over things that we can’t control?

God tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Our minds can get so wrapped up in worry that we miss the blessings of the day. I am in a great club of women who have battled breast cancer and won!! We each have a choice to worry about the cancer coming back or celebrate the fact that it is gone. I want to spend every day praising God for healing me and giving me cancer free days, not anxiously wondering if it will return.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matt. 6:25-34

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What does worry do for us anyway? There is no good in it. While we are to be responsible with our lives and our health, there is no need to fear. I plan to take good care of my cancer free body: eat nutritious food, exercise, actively manage stress, rest well, praise the God who saved me, spend time with family and friends, and refuse to worry!  So that’s my plan. What’s yours?

Don't worry just praise

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol York
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 02:18:28

    WHAT WONDERFUL MESSAGAE and a Great remainder of the HIGHER POWER in all of our lives!!

    I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new little black female toy poodle. Her delivery was delayed due to weather conditions. She is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, being driven across the country from Mississippi. Can hardly wait to meet her!!

    Loving you, Carol

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  2. mist011
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 04:10:16

    Great message!

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  3. Kim Fredrickson
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 04:57:19

    Thanks for your wonderful words Erin. I’m rejoicing with your positive health report, and am encouraged by your words about worry. Thanks for continuing to share all you are learning on your journey with us!!!

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  4. Cancer Warrior
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 09:31:26

    I love this post, Erin. We are indeed kindred spirits. I wrote a similar post a while back which I would like to share with you:
    http://perksofcancer.com/2012/08/26/cancer-prompted-me-to-ditch-the-worry-habit/

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  5. YemYola
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:42:38

    Thank you Erin,
    It is very true, we do become anxious for nothing but I pray the Lord will help us all to be still, knowing He is God.
    Enjoy the now and let the Lord deal with tomorrow.
    I like the Corrie Ten Boom’s poster. I would like to use it in my next post as I do actually have something I want to write along that line that I’ve been piecing together.
    All the Best and Enjoy God’s Blessings
    YemYola

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  6. Patty B
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 02:48:02

    It was indeed a beautiful message. I also have a tendency to worry, but I am learning that God is with me no matter what is in my future and that He is patient as I learn that lesson. And by the way – I still love saying I am cancer free after 12 yrs – you will never tire of it and I pray you say it often for many many years!! 😀 Blessings! Patty

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  7. sue4jc
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:57:18

    So true! “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Col. 3:2 If we focus on our blessings and heavenly things we have no time to worry because we are full of thanksgiving.

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