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Perfect Peace article by Debby Efurd

How many of you have suffered storms in life … trials and tribulations?  If you haven’t, count yourself fortunate. I bet everyone breathing has faced some type of trial during their time on earth or definitely knows someone close who certainly has.

There was a time in my own life when I faced a battle with cancer. It came as a shock. I was always the one who kept all my annual wellness visits, and check-ups and went to every health fair. Then one year I went for my routine yearly testing, after which I received THE dreaded phone call — I would need a biopsy (two, actually). So I took the first available appointment.

The biopsies were not pleasant. God bless the nurse who told me to squeeze her hand hard to take my mind off any pain I felt. She said to squeeze hard … and I did. She was smiling and whispering prayers in my ear the whole time.

The next day I received the call from that same nurse. She said the biopsies came back positive. I had cancer. Then, without hesitation, she said, “Now listen to me, Debby, we have caught this early. I am notifying the best doctor in the Southwest who will get you in immediately. That’s who I would go to. God’s got this.” 

I was numb when I hung up the phone. What she told me hadn’t sunk through yet. I got up from my desk and told my co-worker what the nurse said, that I had cancer, then I started to cry. I went to the restroom to regain composure  … at least for the time being.

For a day or two, I Googled all about my type of cancer. Believe me, too much information is not a good thing. I finally threw up my hands thinking, “Enough is enough.” Then I went into my quiet place, knelt down, and said, “Lord, I can’t handle all of this. I know you can. Lead me, Lord.” And you know what? … He sure did.

From that point forward, God opened and closed doors, all in His perfect timing. He provided the surgeon and medical staff needed, He provided the ministers to care for me, and He provided it all as if I were on a conveyor belt.

I was blessed not to have to take chemo or radiation because the cancer was caught so early. What a blessing. There were many other miracles I’ll share in the future, but know this. God is good and loves each and every one of us more than we know.

I experienced God’s peace which surpasses all understanding. His is the only peace that can guard your heart and your mind.  No one and nothing can reach in and steal the peace we have in Christ. We are sealed as His. He guards our hearts, the seat of all emotion; and our purpose, authored by God and guaranteed not to fail. Praise Jesus!

Phillippians 4:7:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries of Pittsburg, TX. She has been a contributor to Bound for Life and written numerous articles published in LifeNews, Christian Post and the Baptist Standard, and is the author of Go Tell It!  Learn more about Cary John Efurd Ministries by liking our Facebook page ( and downloading our FREE mobile app ( from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at Feel free to comment on her blog, The Second Mile, at .

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