Don’t Waste Your Illness

I recently read a very short book called Don’t Waste Your Cancer By John Piper. John Piper wrote this book the night before his prostate cancer surgery. I decided to call this blog post Don’t Waste Your Illness because I feel this book can relate to anyone who is going through any kind of illness. If you would like to download this book you can click here. Once you click the link, click download and then you click PDF and it will download for free. The book is 15 pages.

One section of this book that stuck out to me was in the preface John Piper said “So not to pray for healing may waste our illness.” I think there is all a point in our lives where we pray for healing. But as we know healing does not always happen. Of course I have prayed for healing, but when I realized God wasn’t going to heal the way I wanted Him to. The kind of healing I wanted was not God’s Will and my prayer changed. But like John Piper said that if we don’t pray for healing God will not get the glory later on when healing happens.

Another part that stuck out to me in this book was Chapter 2. “We waste our illness if we do not believe it is designed for us by God. I have heard many people say when their health has not been the greatest that God will use me/this for His glory. I believe that is a true statement. But since God is going to use you through a difficult time in your life, wouldn’t it be true to say that he designed this illness; just for you. “If God foresees molecular developments becoming an illness, he can stop it, or not. If he does not, he has a purpose. Since he is infinitely wise, it is right to call the purpose a design.” God has designed you just for the illness you are going through and He has designed your illness that you have just for you. If we only believe that we can be used by God but don’t believe that God designed our specific illness for us then we will waste our illness.

“Satan designs to destroy our love for Christ. God designs to deepen our love for Christ.”

The first part of this quote from John Piper’s book is based off of Matthew 13:22, and the second part of this quote is based off of Luke 13:16

Satan tries to destroy some of us by increasing our health and wealth, which can strangle our faith. And he tries to destroy others by multiplying their pain.

When we are diagnosed with an illness God’s goal is to take the anchors that we are holding onto so that we will only rely on Him.

We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but God who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:9

A huge point that stuck out for me was in Chapter 5 which said ” We waste our illness if we refuse to think about death.” This was a big one for me because I had thought about death a lot, but every time I did I felt as if I shouldn’t because, why should I think about death, when no one is dead, every if they were very close to death? I thought about death but up until I read this book I thought it was wrong because I was greatly hoping no one would die, and thankfully no one did. But the truth of the matter is we all are going to die. How can we be okay with death if we don’t ever think about it until someone dies. Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” To number our days means to think about the days we have left and how few day that we really do have left.

Another point that stuck out to me in this book was in Chapter 9 which said “We waste our illness if we grieve as those who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says ” We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as other do who have no hope. Even when someone dies, we grieve and that is okay. There is a temporary loss. But we grieve as people who have hope!

“Don’t just think of battling against your illness. Also think of battling with your illness.”

When you get diagnosed with an illness the kind of heart God wants to create in you is “a deeply affectionate caring heart for people.”

*Since I feel this book can relate to any kind of illness I have replaced the word cancer with illness.

*If quotations do not have a name attached to them, it is from the John Piper’s book.

February Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Job never saw why he suffered but he saw God, and that was enough.

-Timothy Keller

Only take advice from someone you are willing to trade places with.

-Steven Mehr

There is such a big difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. It takes two to reconcile, so it is not always possible to be reconciled. But it only takes one to forgive. So if people do you wrong, forgive them, whether or not they ask for forgiveness. You cannot cancel their sin. Only God can do that, and He will only do that if they repent. But you can set aside your own anger, bitterness, and resentment toward them all.


I don’t need everyone to hear me say I’m a Christian, but I do need everyone to see Christ in me.


Loving God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength can only ever be done in the context of the moments we have been given right now, however ordinary or weak.

-Dana Candler

An idol is usually a good thing that we make ultimate. We say “Unless I have that, I am nothing.”

-Timothy Keller

If your life is an uphill slope, set your sails to catch God’s power.

-Woodrow Kroll

Imagine you … see a small dog sitting by a tree. As you approach it, it suddenly lunges at you … You are frightened and angry. But then you notice that one of its legs is caught in a trap. Immediately your mood shifts from anger to concern : You see that the dog’s aggression is coming from a place of vulnerability and pain … When we behave in hurtful ways, it is because we are caught in some kind if trap. The more we look through the eyes of wisdom at ourselves and one another, the more we cultivate a compassionate heart.

-Tara Brach

The greatest legacy on can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things … But rather a legacy of character and Faith.

-Billy Graham

“If Jesus Came To Your House” A Poem, By Lois Blanchard Eades


If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.


Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,

And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best.


And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,

That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare!


But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?


Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?


Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard-

And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?


Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?


And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you-

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?


Would you keep on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?


Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?


Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you always read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?


Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,

Or would you, maybe change your plans for just a day or so?


Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends.


Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?


It might be interesting to know the things you would do

If Jesus came in person to spend the holidays with you.


-Lois Blanchard Eades

January Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

God doesn’t talk a whole lot about our future … in scripture … but He talks a lot about our character and calling.

-Craig Groeschel

Visit many good books, but live in the bible

– Charles Spurgeon

If you do not worship God seven days a week, you don’t not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday Worship and so on.

-A.W. Tozer

When you are living for God what you go through is never just for you. Someone else will be in your shoes and God will use you to lift them.

-Brittney Moses

Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit


We are meant to live in joy. This does not mean that life will be easy or painless. It means that we can turn our faces to the wind and accept that this is the storm we must pass through. We cannot succeed by denying what exists. The acceptance of reality is the only place from which change can begin.

-Demond Tutu

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

-Joyce Meyer

I no longer look for the good in people. I search for the real because while good is often dressed in fake clothing, real is naked and proud no matter the scars.


The fingerprints of God are often invisible until you look at them in a rear view mirror.

-Levi Lusko.

My 20 Favourite Contemporary Worship Songs

I thought that I would share some of my favourite contemporary worship songs. I will share 20 of my favourite contemporary songs, but these songs will not be hymns. They are in no specific order.

1. Praise You In This Storm. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because I feel it represents my life right now. It is still “raining”, just like the song says. But the songs also says “every year you’ve cried. You hold in your hand. You never left my side.” Even though it still feels like it’s raining God hasn’t left me (or you.) Deuteronomy 31:8 says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” No matter what God will be praised in the good times and in the bad.

2. Blessings. This song is by Laura Story. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This is a song I’ve played on the piano for a long time, but it wasn’t until about 7 months ago that I actually looked at the words when I was playing. The words that struck me were “What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?” That was the line that made me love the song. It was a new way of looking at what I was going through, and also a new way of looking at life in general. Blessings can also come not in the way we expect, like as the songs says “through rain drops.” The song ends with saying “What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are your mercies in disguise.”

3. Come As You Are. This song is by David Crowder. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This song reminds me a lot of the story of the Prodigal Son. I like this song because it reminds you that if you are sad, broken hearted, if you have burdens, shame, brokenness, hurt, you feel hopeless, you’ve strayed, you feel weary or if you’ve wandered, it doesn’t matter, because you can come as you are, and you will be healed.

4. Whom Shall I Fear. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it reminds us that we don’t have anyone to fear, we know who goes before us, we know who stands behind us and we know who stands beside us. It also reminds us that He reigns forever and that He is our friend.

5. The Proof of Your Love. This song is by King and Country. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I first came across this song about a year ago, when I was playing in one of my piano books and the words just struck me. If someone was to ask me what my favourite Christian song in general would be, it would be this one. I like the song because the words in the verses are so true. There is so much to take out of those two verses. The chorus gives us a challenge on how to live our life to be a light to others.

6. Because He Lives (Amen). This song is by Matt Maher. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first verse is proclaiming what we believe. It also talks about in the bridge that “because He lives I can face tomorrow.” (which I know comes from the hymn Because He Lives) I don’t think I would have gotten through this past year without Him. The bridge also reminds us that “He holds my life my future in His hands.” Sometimes we often forget about that and start to worry about the future, but this song reminds us that there isn’t a need for that.

7. Just Be Held. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it says “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place”. Lots of times when life doesn’t go how we want we think it’s the end, but this song reminds us that when life isn’t going how we want, life is going just as it should.  This song also says “in the storm is where you’ll find me.” I like this lyrics because in the storms of life we are if we search for God we will find Him.

8. God of This City. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first sentence says “you’re the God of this city.” That can be true with whatever city you live in. I live in Regina, but whatever city you live in it’s true. In verse two it says that God is the light, hope and peace. In order for our city to see that, we need to be living that out so that people can see God’s light, hope and peace through us. In the chorus it tells us the greater things we still be happenjng in our city and if we keep our eyes open we will see the thing that are happening.

9. Healing is in Your Hands. This song is by Christy Nockels. If you would like to read you can click here. I like this song because no matter what kind of health issues you have,  this songs reminds us that healing is in God’s hands.

10. In Christ Alone. This song is by Staurt Townend. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in verse one it talk about everything that God is. In verse two and three, it is tells us about his death and reurection, and in verse four it says that we don’t have any fear of death because we are standing with Christ. It also says that until He calls us home, we will stand in the power of Christ.

11. Who Am I. This song is by Casring Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because of what it mentioned in the video, it says “not because of who I am, but because of what you’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who you are”. It’s not from anything we’ve done in our lives, it’s all because of who God is and what He’s done. Also, at the end of the song, it says we have nothing to fear because we belong to God.

12. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it can be related to our everyday life. We don’t know where God is calling us, but we have to step out in faith and keep our eyes on God. And like the song says “spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”, we will be lead sometimes to uncofortable places, which is what this song is saying, and that we just need to trust.

13. Same Power. This song is by Jeremy Camp. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, the same power that commands the dead to wake, lives in us.” God’s power lives in us. Lots of times that isn’t really something that gets a lot of thought. The song ends with “he lives in us.” God lives in us and so does His power.

14. Mighty to Save. This song is by Hillsong. If you would like to read about the song you can click here. This was one of my favourite songs when I was younger. I like this song because in the chorus it talks about how “he can move the mountains and he rose and conquered the grave”. It also says that “He is might to save”, and He is going to save us.

15. This I Believe (The Creed). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it proclaims what we believe.

16. Eye of the Storm. This song is by Ryan Stevenson. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because even in the very middle of a storm God remains in control just like what it says in the song. Just like the song says “My only hope is to trust in you”, and sometimes that’s all we can do during the storms of life.

17. God is on the Move. This song is by 7eventh Time Down. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here, and start watching the video at 15 min. I like this song because it can be a reminder that God is still on the move even with everything that is going on in the world today.

18. Forever (We Sing Hallelujah). This song is by Kari Jobe. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it paints a picture of Jesus’s death and reurection. In the chorus it says “forever he is glorified, forever he is lifted high, forever he is risen, forever he is alive”. And the song ends with saying “you have overcome”.

19. You Will Never Run. This song is by Rend Collective. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “you will never run away”, and that can be taken on both sides. God will never leave us, and we can never run away from God no matter how much we try. Then in the verse it says “love wide as galaxies, love deeper than the sea”. No one has ever been to the ends of the galaxy and no one has been to the very bottom of the sea so it’s saying that we cant even comprehend all that God loves us which is an incredible thought if you actually think about it.

20. Even If. This song is by Mercy Me. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “I know your able and I know you can save through the fire with your mighty hand but even if you don’t my hope is you alone,” God sometimes chooses not to heal and even if he doesn’t heal we still have hope in God because we have seen what He is capable such as an example like this. If we read through the lyrics of the song, it is about someone saying that they are struggling right now, but as we go along we see that things are getting better for them because the very last lines of the song say “it is well with my soul it is well, it is well with my soul”.

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These are my Top 20 Contempoary worship songs. Do you have a favorite contemporary worship song?

December Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

-Ezra Taft Benson

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.

-Todd White

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…


If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.

God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.

-J. S. Park

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

-Tony Robbins

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

-Andrea Dykstra

Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late

-God’s Not Dead

I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.


We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

-A.W. Tozer

Twenty Seventeen

2017 was a different kind of year for me. Instead at looking at the negative things that have happened this year, I look at the positive things that happened this year.

This year I went to Cuba with the University of Regina Choirs. The top 5 things of the trip for me in no specific order was, since it was a choir trip we could sing anywhere, and we ended up singing in the airport. There was also one day where supper was half an hour late in opening so we sang while we waited for supper, and people came out of their rooms just to listen to us. That was a supper cool experience. Another top 5 was visiting a music school that had a developed choral program. As well, 6 of us rented a paddle boat when we went to the ocean one day. We also made a day trip to Vinales. The last top 5 was when we were able to perform at the end of the week with the Cuban choirs we had worked with.

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During the day trip to Vinales we went to a orchid Garden with almost 700 different types of orchids.

This one smelled like chocolate. (It really did)

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In Cuba we also went to the beach one day, amd 6 of us rented this paddle boat.

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The concert at the end of the week.

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I also attended the very first Rider game at the new Mosaic Stadium. Even though it ended in a tie.

I later attended my very first Rider game where they won. (July 7)

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My neighbour’s cat had kittens.

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I got my license.

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We also went to Hodgeville to see a display of 900+ nativity sets. Here are my top 10 in no specific order.

Every room told a different part of the Christmas story.

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The boy is playing a flute.

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Made out of popsicle sticks.

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Protected by the angel wings.

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No room at the Inn.

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Good reminder that we are always in God’s hands.

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Veggie Tales!!

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Carved from glass.

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Older baby Jesus.

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This year I also got a fish.

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Thanks to everyone who was willing to be a part of my 2017!