HIS FACE IN MY JOURNEY
Guard Your Heart
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
One day during my treatment I watched a DVD that someone had given me. It contained
a video of a beautiful international pop star named Soraya who was diagnosed with Stage III
breast cancer at the age of 31. I listened to her story and was inspired by the beautiful song
she had written about her journey. Anxious to know her fate, I googled her name and was
devastated to learn that she had died from a recurrence of breast cancer earlier that same year
at the age of 37. The experience sent me into a downward spiral as I grieved for her, for others like
her, and for myself. I frantically called my God-friend who just happened to be in my driveway. Our
deep heart-connection had alerted her spirit that I was in trouble. She hugged me, held me, spoke
life into me, and instinctively removed the DVD from my home. And I began to breathe again.
Cancer is a mental disease. It's attack on the body is physically devastating, but in the early stages of cancer, torment of the mind is the greater battle. The enemy keeps vigil by our side, seizing every opportunity to speak lies and fill us with fear. Oftentimes, we react to fear by seeking
information that will calm us. But when we are vulnerable, information
gathering can become a destructive feeding frenzy.
God warns us in scripture to guard our hearts: To be careful about what we allow ourselves
to hear, say, and think. Because what enters our heart, impacts our beliefs, and what we believe,
impacts our destiny. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things (Philippians 4:8).