Discovering Your Testimony – Episode 164

Discovering Your Testimony

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Featuring: Elaine Barber

Published: May 18, 2019

Two-time breast cancer patient Elaine Barber sits down with the hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration to talk about her cancer journey and how, through a seeming crisis, she learned to trust God’s perfect will and plan for her life, and no matter what happens in our lives, we can go through it with Him.

Show Notes:

Elaine Barber received her cancer diagnosis on Halloween of 2011. “I always tell people, ‘It was not a trick, and it was not a treat,’” she says. Initially, Barber says she struggled to accept the news. “Your life kind of flashes before you because there’s a lot of negative that comes with the word ‘cancer.’”

But a simple question posed to God put a series of events into motion in her life. “I just put myself in my room and prayed and cried. And I said, ‘Okay, God, now what?’” Barber got an answer. “The one thing I learned was how to listen to people around me. One person would say something, another person would say something, and then I’d hear it again. And I would think, ‘You know what? Maybe God’s trying to get my attention.’”

After having surgery at CTCA, Barber went in for more tests. A full body scan revealed the cancer had spread. “I just fell on my knees and said, ‘God, I can’t do this.’ This amazing, warm honey of a peace fell over me. It was like God wrapping His arms around me. And God says ‘Am I not bigger than cancer, and can I not handle chemo?’” After some additional tests, she says that peace carried her to another appointment with her oncologist, where he revealed they couldn’t find a trace of cancer in her body. “I was so excited, Barber says. “I told him, ‘I believe it’s God. I had a lot of people praying for me.’ And he says, ‘You know what? I believe you did. I can’t explain it, but I do believe it was God.’”

Barber has since gone through another battle with breast cancer, but her spirit is unflagging. She knows that God is working things out for His glory in and through her life. “Cancer is about as bad as you can get, but He made it about as good as it could get for me because He’s using it to be a platform to tell others about how good God is.”

Quotes:

  • “I had to find my heart, my faith and what I believed God could do for me.”
  • “My next doctor’s appointment was to be my first chemotherapy. I had a friend meeting me there. My pastor was going to meet me there because I wanted to be covered in prayer. And they said, ‘Oh, you don’t need to do chemo today.’ And I was a little confused. But I meet with my doctor, and he says to me, ‘You know what? I’ve been doing this for 56 years. I have never had this happen before. There is no cancer in your body.’ I jumped up and kissed him on the cheek.”
  • “And I said, ‘God, what about my testimony?’ And He spoke to me, and said, ‘Elaine, you still have your testimony. I’m still here with you, and I’m still walking you through this.’”

Resources:

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