I really, really wasn’t worried about this doctor’s appointment. It was simply a “let’s check in and just make sure we’re still on track” type of meeting.

After all the pleasantries and quick questions, I was almost out the door when my doctor wanted to confirm just one more thing.

Five minutes later, I could tell he felt as blind-sided as I did when it turned out that the “just one more thing” actually posed a potential problem.

He ordered two follow-up tests and sent me on my way.

As soon as I was alone, I cried. I know what a possible cancer finding can mean. And I really, really don’t want to walk that road again. 

My faith, in that moment, was a bit shaky … to say the least.

Can you relate to facing a situation that requires more faith than you think you might have?


I thought I’d share with you how I regrouped in that moment, finally able to drive home.

My “regrouping self-coaching” went something like this:


  • Called my husband, Eddie, and cried some more about it.
  • Then … acknowledged a few facts–

                This is super unexpected and scary.

                 I don’t have time for extra appointments.

                 I despise these types of tests— not fun at all!


  • Next, I prayed just a few simple, sentence prayers such as:

          Lord, I don’t want to wallow in this, I want to trust You.

          You know I struggle in the faith department, will You help me?


  • And, finally, I prayed this line of surrender:


                     If You’ll go with me through this, I’ll go.


Feelings of peace slowly washed over me as my emotions and spirit found their alignment once again, in Christ … my Hope.

And, truly, there is a lot of hope. Which doesn’t mean it’s not hard — it means there’s a way through the hard.


I’d love to pray for you if your faith is being stretched and tested right now. Leave a comment below or send me an email at lori@lorimargo.com and let me know how I can pray.

Be encouraged, friend! He is with you.



When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

Isaiah 43: 2 NLT