​​​​​​The Extraction

Long before I knew I had breast cancer, I had been dealing with a toothache. It was in the top-left area of my mouth. I was also experiencing sinus pain in that same area. It would extend all the way to my left ear causing my ear to hurt as well. I didn’t know if my sinus was causing my tooth to hurt or my tooth causing my sinus to hurt.

I put up with the pain for as long as I could. Eventually, I went to the dentist to find out what was causing the pain. The tooth that was hurting was cracked and needed to be addressed but the dentist wanted to wait until my breast cancer radiation treatment was complete.

By the time I was finished with treatment, the toothache was nearly unbearable. I went back to the dentist to get relief. As he was drilling away at my tooth, following not only one crack but several cracks, the cracked paths led to the root of my tooth. He concluded that my tooth needed to be extracted.

After 3 hours with the dentist, my problem had been solved and my pain was gone. I was so relieved. However, once all the feeling came back in my gums I realized that I still had to deal with the painful healing process.

Sometimes in life, we put up with things that are causing us pain. The longer we leave the cause of our pain unaddressed the more it affects other areas of our lives and the lives of those closest to us.

Not until the pain becomes completely unbearable do we seek help. Sometimes we never choose to seek help and live our entire lives in pain; growing accustomed to it or avoiding it.

We can’t get the help we truly need until we get to the root of what’s causing our pain. Sometimes by getting to the root of the problem, we realize that what is causing the pain needs to be extracted from our lives.

Once we extract that which causes us pain and suffering we then enter the healing process. The healing process may be painful as well but it’s necessary in order to live a healthy productive life; a life we are meant to live.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Are there things in your life that are hurting you? Things that you leave unaddressed because it’s easy and safe? Maybe you’re afraid of what it will cost you to extract the cause of your pain?

Maybe what’s hurting you are negative or abusive relationships that need to be extracted. Maybe it’s a drug, alcohol, sex, or porn addiction that’s destroying your life. Maybe you’re addicted to approval, gossip, or food.

Maybe something in your past or childhood that’s left you cracked and broken needs to be addressed. Leaving the root cause to your pain unaddressed will not only hurt you but those that are closest to you.

Will you seek the help you need today? God is our healer. He wants to heal our spirit, soul, and body. All we have to do is go to Him and ask Him to reveal to us those things in our lives that are causing us pain and need to be addressed.

Psalm 103:2-5 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles’s.

Ask God to help you get to the root of your spiritual, emotional, or physical pain. He may lead you to a particular scripture, or a trusted friend to talk to and give you godly counsel. He may lead you to a church where you can get the support, encouragement, and truth of God’s word necessary for your healing.

Proverbs 4:20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

You don’t have to continue in your pain another day. Cry out to God for help and start living the healed productive life you were created to live.

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.





My Journey/Week 5

The question I get asked most often these days is, “How are you feeling?” This is a legitimate question considering my recent health issues. If I could use one word to describe the way I feel lately it would be “tired.” I’m tired!

During my last doctor visit, I asked, “Why am I so tired every day?” She said it’s because I’ve had 2 surgeries within a span of 4 weeks. My body is trying to heal and recover. Makes sense!

I think that when we are going through a health crisis or any type of life crisis we will not only be physically tired but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually tired. After all, we are a 3 part being; spirit, soul (mind, will, and emotions), and body. When one area is suffering, the other two may suffer as well.

A health or life crisis can certainly make us feel as though we are in a battle. We battle negative thoughts and emotions. We battle the feelings that try to keep us from spending much needed time with the Lord; nourishing our spirits with His word and with praise and worship. Our body is fighting to be well. It’s A battle! And it can wear us out!

I love the account of Moses, Aaron, and Hur in Exodus 17:10-13. Joshua and the Israelites were fighting the Amalekites. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. Moses’ hands grew tired, so Aaron and Hur took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.  Then they held his hands up so that his hands remained up till sunset. As a result, the Israelites won the battle.

When we are facing a crisis, it’s essential to have family and friends that will help us. They may help in practical ways by driving us to an appointment, helping us clean our house, or cook us a meal. They may also help by keeping us encouraged and positive and by praying with us and for us. Family and friends in a battle are priceless!

During these past 5 weeks, my friends and family have really reached out to me. They have been so encouraging. They have been praying for me and offering to help me. I am so very grateful for the family and friends God has placed in my life. They have definitely made this difficult time a lot more bearable.

As great as everyone has been to me and for me, there is nothing like running to my heavenly Father in a time of crisis. He is my safe place. My refuge. My hiding place. He is my rest. He comforts me in a way that no one else can. He speaks to me through His word. His word is healing to me; spirit, soul, and body.

Psalm 16:1 Keep me safe, my God, for in You I take refuge.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 66:13a As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

Psalm 107:20 He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.

I’m reminded of a time when my middle son was very young. When he would get tired of walking or just needed cuddles, looking up at either his dad or me, he would raise his hands up high and say, “Hold you?” He would say this over and over until we would pick him up and hold him. That is such a precious memory for me.

I believe that is what our heavenly Father wants us to do when we get tired and weary. He wants us to go to Him like little children, look up at Him, and raise our hands up high, and say, “Hold you?” He wants to hold us, carry us, and give us rest.

What battle are you in today? Is it a battle for your health? Your marriage? Your children? Your very life? Are you tired and weary?

Allow the friends and family God has placed in your life to help you and keep you lifted up in the battle. Then run to the Lord, raising your eyes and your hands to Him, ask Him to hold you. He alone can provide the rest, comfort, and healing that your spirit, soul, and body needs.

Deuteronomy 1:31 “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.