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Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

I found out Friday that I have Prostate cancer. Fortunately it is in the early stages and is a slow growing cancer. I received this news at the end of a very hectic week full of many business pressures. In spite of the many pressures I have been amazed at the level of peace that I am experiencing. Something has changed over the last year as God has drawn me into a new level of trust.

Until recently peace has been elusive for me. Anxiety, worry and striving would be more normal especially when I felt out of control. The last few days I have been reflecting on what has changed? Why am I experiencing such peace? I can identify several key things that have changed for me the last several years:

  • I realize that peace, like all the fruit of the Spirit, is a manifestation of God's Spirit in me, not something I can work to obtain or make happen. As I pursue God rather than try to change myself His fruit, such as peace, increases in my life. My friend Steve Backlund recently helped make this clear: "The Spirit does not live in us because He needs a home; He lives in us to manifest Himself."
  • With professional help I have pursued significant inner healing which has resulted in a deeper understanding that I am not in control nor do I want to be.
  • My primary spiritual discipline has been "soaking in God's presence" as I quietly listen to worship CD's. Soaking prayer is a time of intimacy involving listening and experiencing Him rather than just talking to Him. My heart's desire is to learn to "live in His presence" moment by moment beginning with specific time set aside each morning to worship in His presence.
  • This year, for the 40 days before Easter, I actively engaged in a "negativity fast" determining to focus more on God's promises than on problems. It involved learning to speak with hope about even the toughest issues; being solution focused rather than problem focused; refraining from reacting and giving voice to pessimism, criticism of others, self-criticism and other forms of unbelief. Those 40 days have changed the way I think and speak.

I am finding that the amazing grace of God leads to amazing peace. The question: "why me God?" has not even entered my thoughts. I am overwhelmed by His grace and peace. To Him be the glory!

Comments
We're all praying for your quick healing, but I really believe that you will gain more good from this experience that will be worth more than anything it will take from you. Blessings!
Jody @ 8:41:00 AM 9/7/2010
I am very dear friends with Lorie Taylor and she has shared so many wonderful stories about you and your family with me during our talks together. She loves you dearly and I feel like in some ways I know you even though I have never met you. I am encouraged by your peace, hope and faith. I am praying for you and with you along this journey. God Bless You!
Debbie Petersen @ 10:48:00 PM 9/14/2010

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