Via Kenan Peterson

“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

2 Corinthians 9:12-15 (NIV).

God is amazing!  And I’m so thankful for His enduring provision. I’m writing these words in a hospital lobby. My two-year-old daughter is six floors above me recovering from brain surgery, which she had less than five hours ago. Today’s surgery was her third brain surgery in the last four months, and she has another one scheduled for Tuesday.  

Five months ago, I would have thought you were crazy if you told me I would be writing a message of thanksgiving within hours of Taryn having brain surgery. Yet, God has me here. God has Taryn here. Four months ago, the doctors told us she had a few months to live. It’s now been four and her tumor is almost gone. Today’s surgery was the first step in removing all foreign objects from her body. The doctors will remove the remaining objects in a few days.

I had dinner with a good buddy last night. His two-year-old daughter has had five surgeries to remove an aggressive brain tumor. In February 2018, the doctors told him that his daughter had six months to live. We’re now in April 2019. He’s thankful that God has given his family “bonus time.” This brother’s faith continues to inspire me. During our conversation, he made sure to glorify God through his storm. He’s excited because no matter what happens to his daughter, he knows dozens of people (nearly 60) who have entered into relationships with Christ because of her struggle, because of her cancer battle. He and his family have not given up and they are fighting this battle by giving thanks. Their faithfulness, their thankfulness, their struggles, and their shared confession of God’s provision is defeating our enemy and leading people into relationships with Christ.

Over the last couple of days, I have had several friends, family members, and co-workers who are not believers who told me they were praying for my daughter. They are not wishing or send “good energy” and thoughts, they are praying! They are stepping out and giving God a shot, even though they may not fully understand what it means. It’s exciting to see God use my daughter’s cancer battle to draw people to Him. I know God didn’t cause Taryn to be diagnosed with cancer, but He is using her cancer diagnosis to defeat the enemy. He truly works all things together for good.

Today’s Training: Give thanks no matter what storm you’re in. Glorify God not only in the good times but glorify Him when times are toughest. Your response of thanksgiving can definitely lead others into relationships with Christ.