Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekend Worship—What's Gonna Be Your Wake-up Call?

by Brenda McGraw @BrendaMMcGraw

I walked into the doctor’s office not knowing what to expect. After all, I was only 24. The waiting seemed like it lasted forever, as I flipped through a magazine anticipating the nurse calling my name. I thought to myself, I probably don’t need to be here. It’s probably nothing. 

When my name was called I met the nurse at the door and she showed me to my room. It was white, and seemed cold. But don’t most examining rooms? She asked me my name and why I was there to see the doctor.

I told her I had found a lump in my left breast. I said, “I am sure it’s nothing, but my mom wanted me to have it checked. You know how moms are, always worrying?” She took a few notes for the doctor and told me the nurse practitioner would be in shortly.

That day started the beginning of a year-long battle with breast cancer and reconstruction surgeries. Being so young, I really thought I would just be told “Don’t worry, it’s nothing.” No one else in my family ever had cancer.

To hear the words “You have cancer” is devastating, and pretty scary, to say the least. Thus started the “wake-up call” and the call on my life to follow Christ. What’s a wake- up call? It is a defining moment in one’s life when he or she realizes something needs to change.

My defining moment was cancer.

For Peter, it was the rooster crowing when he realized what Jesus had said was true. He had turned his back on Jesus. This broke Peter and he went outside (alone) and wept bitterly.

For some it was the writing in the sand, the healing of a disease, or sight for the blind. Thomas had to touch the holes in the hands of our Savior. It took Nebuchadnezzar seven years in the wild with the animals. And do you remember the forty years the Israelites wandered through the wilderness?

However, for Judas it was too late.

Twenty-eight years ago God started waking me up to His plans and purpose for my life. I wish I could say I never strayed, but I can’t. After my cancer was removed, I put God back into my little God box. I pulled Him out again a few years later when I realized I was lost and He had not quit searching for me. God’s never been back in my box again. I prayed and asked Him to show me who Jesus is and that He would never let me stray again.

Have you heard the wake-up call? Can you pinpoint that defining moment in your life where you said, “Less of me and more of You, Lord?”

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30 (NLT)

Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.

Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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15 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your story. May our great God continue to use you as you serve Him. I was just telling a similar story to a friend yesterday. My 95 year old grandmother had bone cancer. Only 1 doctor even mentioned that she might have it. All the others just figured it was arthritis because of her age. She is with Jesus now; squaredancing and doing the do si do

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    1. Thanks Cherrilynn for taking time to read my story. I will be 29 years cancer-free this week. God is faithful. Don't you love the thought of dancing with Jesus? Have a blessed day! Brenda

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    2. Brenda: Thank you for your great testimony. Cherrilynn's comment reminds me of Joni Eareckson-Tada. Her music sometimes talks about the day she will dance with Jesus. Can't believe I'm getting teary here.

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  2. Dear sister-in-pink, I hear your words loud and clear! I have a similar experience, and I can honestly say that I am happy for the wake-up call. Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Hey sweet friend. Love the "sister-in-pink!" I am happy for your wake up call and yes God finally got my attention and my eyes are on Him! Blessings to you as well! Brenda

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  3. Brenda, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. What a testimony -- and a timely reminder to wake up! My wake up call came when I was 27 going through my second divorce. It's through that difficult time I came to know Christ...and life as I knew it changed for an eternity! Love seeing you here. Thanks, Edie.

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    1. Hey girl. God is faithful. He meets us right where we are but has no intentions of leaving us there. I have loved getting to know you. Thanks for your comment. Have a great day. Hope to see you soon. Brenda

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  4. Beautifully written and beautifully expressed. May God bless!

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    1. Thank you so much DiAnn. Blessings to you as well. Brenda

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  5. Beautiful story of God's grace, healing, and redemption. Thanks for sharing, Brenda, and blessings to you.

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    1. Hey Andrea. You are precious and God's grace, healing and redemption have made me who I am today. Would love to see you sometime. Blessings to you too. Brenda

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  6. Brenda! This is my favorite story I have ever read of yours! I love what you prayed, and most if all I love that God ANSWERED! (And you!💗)

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  7. Hey sweet Christy! Thanks so much for your kind words. God is always faithful, even when we aren't. Have a great day and week. Love you. Brenda

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  8. My precious daughter,Brooke,died of breast cancer at 34...she was healed in heaven. If Brooke were here today she would be the first to say how happy she is for you. God bless you.

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    1. I am so sorry about you losing your daughter. I lost my favorite cousin when she was 39 to breast cancer too and my mom to cancer, both after my cancer. It is a terrible disease. One day we will see our loved ones again! Keep the faith! Blessings to you! Brenda

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