Be a Sister: Faith Truth & Love Magazine

Cancer Resources

Sustain Me: Notes on Cancer, encouragement for cancer patients, stage four cancer, stage three cancer

One of our goals is to connect readers to inspirational online resources, especially ones that may help cancer patients. This week we are pleased to introduce Faith, Truth & Love, an online magazine for women.

By Brenda Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Faith Truth & Love Magazine

“Everyone generally wants to feel important, needed, wanted, and loved. Being a part of a group meets those needs for some of us, even if the group, or community is not the best influence.”

That thought is what inspired me to create an online community for women that would be a positive experience for those looking for support. In April of 2013 I decided to create a personal blog to give advice to others, and share my insight about different people, or events. After three months I started to lose my interest for writing the blog. I thought to myself, “Who is benefiting from what I have to say?” After a month of blogging my site turned more into a celebrity gossip site, more than anything else. After a few days of asking God for guidance the Holy Spirit lead me to create an online magazine later that week: Faith, Truth, and Love Magazine was in the works.

When I launched Faith, Truth and Love magazine, I was a full-time college student. I quickly discovered that I could not write everything for the site on my own. I prayed to God for help to find women that would write for the site, and the next week I had seven writers! I learned that I, too, needed a group of women to support me while creating a community for women.

The goal of Faith, Truth, and Love Magazine is to bring women together who are followers of Christ, offer sound information in different areas of their faith, and also share wisdom about day-to-day living. I wanted to create a place online where women can feel safe to ask questions, give their opinion, and encourage each other, without feeling judged.

I gave my life to Christ on April of 2012; it was a struggle for me to find the right people to get guidance from, and because of that personal experience, my goal was to minimize that challenge for others. We live in a time where social media is often used more than the Bible. I decided to take the Gospel to social media, along with many others who have a similar desire to reach and minister to people through their experiences.

Building cancer awareness through an online community of women was another goal. This is a mission close to my heart because I have lost two relatives due to cancer. Both of them were males, but the support I received helped me though the grief. I find women who go through cancer treatment to be simply amazing. It takes a strong woman to choose to fight the battle instead of giving up. I believe that God, and a strong support system, is what helps get people through the cancer battle.

There are so many women who are hurting, feel alone, forgotten about, and rejected. This is why I feel community is so important for women. Yes, the men in our lives are very important – but women have a unique ability to encourage one another through our friendships. We need to be there for each other, and build a bond of sisterhood by investing time in each other.

I challenge every woman that reads this article to be a sister to another woman, or a girl who needs a friend or mentor. Be kind, loving, and gentle to each other. We all need someone on this earth that cares for us.

 

Brenda Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Faith, Truth and Love Magazine

Brenda Smith is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faith Truth and Love Magazine. She created Faith Truth and Love Magazine (FTL Mag) to bring a community of Christian women closer to God, while helping them with everyday issues. She is currently a junior at Davis College pursuing a Bachelor in Religious Education degree with a concentration in Counseling. Brenda is also working on her first inspirational e-book.

 Connect with FTL Mag on Facebook and Twitter.

 Sharon’s Note: Brenda kindly invited me to contribute to the online community over at FTL Mag. You can read the article from September 2013 on “Maintaining Your Faith through Cancer” by clicking here.

 

Keeping Your Faith through Cancer

Cancer, General Thoughts, Help Cancer Patients

Friends, I hope you are having a GREAT start to your week. I am. I just returned from visiting our neighbor and came back with a beautiful plant that Tom will be trusted to keep alive; reviewed my daughter’s homework assignment and was blessed by reading thoughts from the beautiful person she is, both inside and out; threw cooked brown rice into a pan with coconut oil, celery, snap peas, and my favorite seasonings of the moment (cumin, coriander, fresh parsley – also from our lovely neighbor – and sea salt); and now, I get to write for a few minutes.

I was honored to be asked to share some thoughts about cancer (I know, big surprise for you to read those words, right) with Faith Truth & Love Magazine. They are doing a special cancer awareness week featuring a number of stories from women who have faced cancer. Here is an excerpt from the article by yours truly – I hope you’ll click the link below to visit the site and enjoy the many informative articles and info designed to encourage women.

Here we go:

Yesterday was my forty-third birthday.  I know, we women aren’t supposed to admit our age. The milestones made me ponder what it looks like to keep one’s faith in God and trust His goodness when life is touched and torn by serious illness. Especially when that illness may take your life in a long, slow, painful manner. You know that song by Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dying”? Soon after I first heard the song, I had an entirely new perspective on the lyrics. I had become a cancer patient three months after I turned forty. I was living but faced the reality of possibly dying. Faith, meet reality. Reality, meet faith.

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” — C. S. Lewis

Giving In

Accepting that I had cancer was like grieving. I was mourning a loss. Accepting a new normal. I had to give in and accept, even embrace, that God had a different plan for my life. The plan meant my family, too, had to experience the challenge. It seemed so unfair. It was not the abundant life I had envisioned. I had trusted Christ as a child and tried to please Him. As I have learned about the art of surrendering (and that the action of surrender is a daily process), God has given me a life far more abundant than I could have imagined. He continues to remind me just how much He loves me, and how much I need to have a child-like faith.

God helped me keep my faith in Him during a very painful season of my life, and He kindly continues to help me grow my faith as I look at the steps ahead. Here are some thoughts about the journey with help from steps that are often said to be a part of the grief process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance…

Read More over at Faith Truth and Love Magazine by Clicking Here (and be sure to head on over and “like” their Facebook page).

About Faith Truth and Love Magazine:

Faith, Truth, and Love Magazine was created to bring different communities of women closer to Jesus Christ. We strive to seek faith and love through truth in Christ. Our goal is to help other women learn how to put Jesus Christ, and God, before everything they do in life. Faith, Truth, and Love magazine discusses different topics such as relationships, and dealing with everyday life. All topics are viewed from a Christian and Biblical point of view. The magazine is also very active with its readers, and offers daily devotionals. We are learning and growing with our spiritual walk in life, join us in our help to build up the body of Christ.