Hope Through Cancer With Brad + Rebekah

Hope Through Cancer With Brad + Rebekah

The prerelease of worship artists Brad + Rebekah's album, Sound of Heaven, coincided with a shocking cancer diagnosis for Rebekah. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, they share their story of hope and healing.

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Episode Notes

Charisma News

Special Series: Hope Through Cancer

Guests: Brad and Rebekah

 

The prerelease of worship artists Brad + Rebekah's album, Sound of Heaven, coincided with a shocking cancer diagnosis for Rebekah. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, they share their story of hope and healing.

Introduction

This episode is brought to you by the E book Revelatory Combat by Ryan LeStrange. Revelatory Combat is a concise look into the prophetic ministry and the partnership between prophets and apostles. It provides clarity for the battle facing the church in this hour. Ryan LeStrange and Charisma magazine are proud to offer you a year-long subscription of Charisma magazine, as well as a download of Revelatory Combat for only $20. If you'd like to take part in this offer, be sure to visit combat.charismamag.com or call 1-800-749-6500 and mention the word combat.

Marti Pieper: For any artist, the release of a new project is a joyous time. But just before Brad and Rebekah’s latest worship album, “The Sound of Heaven,” released, Rebekah found herself in the hospital receiving a sudden and terrible diagnosis. This is another podcast in our series, Hope through Cancer. I’m Marti Pieper.

 

·         Read the story: How This Woman’s Unusual Prayer Became a Cancer Miracle

 

No one wants to hear the words, you have cancer. Not only did Rebekah of worship duo Brad and Rebekah, hear those words, but she heard them right before the release of their most recent album. But God had so much more for this couple than cancer. I'm delighted to welcome Brad and Rebekah to the Hope Through Cancer Series on Charisma news.

 

More in the Hope Through Cancer Series

·         With Doug Stringer

·         With Jay and Sofia Lyons

·         With Karen Schatzline

 

Rebekah, as I just said, you found out about your cancer almost right as The Sound of Heaven was releasing. And I know you believe that the songs in that album help prepare you for what was ahead. Can you explain that for our listeners a little bit?

 

Watch: I Am Found music video from Brad and Rebekah

 

Rebekah: Yeah, definitely. We were getting ready to pre-release the next day, actually. We were laying in the emergency room and the diagnosis came completely unexpectedly, out of nowhere. We had been writing some songs and preparing for new project. We had been writing for actually almost about four years. It was a really big project. We interviewed pastors, just to ask for their Shepherd's heart into the writing process because we believe that worship teaches us the theology that we believe. So, we just wanted some deep, rich truths from the shepherds of today of our churches. So, they were full of just really deep truths about who we believe God is and what we believe is true about ourselves in Him. So, we had all these really, really deep, rich songs about God and about who we are, what our identity is in Him. We had been recording them and some of them we'd already been moving them  in churches across the country, in all kinds of congregations and just carry forth the belief of those of those songs to the congregations we're speaking to. In the weeks that followed the diagnosis, more and more every time I would listen to a song, it was just like, wow, that was the truth. I needed more than I realized. I needed it more than I needed it before even. I needed to hold on to what I believed about God and what I believed about myself in Him; that loves me and that He is sovereign and good. They were truly an anchor at the time, and still are.

Marti Pieper: That's amazing. Now, you, you alluded to this a little bit that the diagnosis, as it does for a lot of people, it really came suddenly into your lives. Can you can tell us a little bit more about how you found out?

Rebekah: I had had a baby a year and a half before, actually almost two years before. There was a tumor growing in my abdomen and I just didn't realize it because I had the mama tummy, the baby mama tummy. So, I just didn't realize that my tummy was actually getting bigger rather than getting smaller because I was focusing on other things, focusing on a baby and, I guess, dabbling in ministry and whatnot. So, one morning I realized there was something hard in my abdomen, and that took me to the doctor and she ordered an ultrasound and that went straight to a CT scan. Then they sent me to the emergency room because they thought that it was bleeding. So, they thought I was in danger. They sent me to the emergency room and it was there the radiologist there that realized what it was that it was: a large, lyposarcoma.

Marti Pieper: Brad, you were with her in the emergency room? By this point, you have two young kids, right? So, were you able to be there with her then?

Brad: Yes, I was there with her. We'd spent the last couple days just thinking there was something wrong, but nothing of that nature. So, I think we were we were both a little surprised. I had just kind of walked a little bit away to find out where the doctor was. We were in an overcrowded emergency room hallway, and we weren't even in a room. I came back around the corner and I saw the doctor kneeling down next to Rebecca. It was just one of those moments where you could tell this isn't one of these good scenarios. This isn't a good conversation. So, I walked over and they filled me in on what was going on and then we just kind of proceeded from there. But it definitely took us took us by surprise, that's for sure.

Marti Pieper: We know that the Holy Spirit is our comforter. I'm sure that you believe that and you taught that. How did you experience that as you both … I'd love to hear from both of you, as you started walking through this time together. How did the Holy Spirit minister to you?

Rebekah: Yes, goodness, there were many, many moments that I needed reminding that the Holy Spirit is my comforter because fear likes to creep in. The enemy would love to take us out in those moments, distract us from the truth and from the Holy Spirit. So, there were several moments over the course of a long time that I would just have to push that out and welcome the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. There would be moments where I would read a post from somebody that would post on social media, this an encouraging word that was just a perfect word I needed to hear at the time. Or they would send me a song to listen to, like a worship song to listen to, and it would just be so comforting. That was straight from the Holy Spirit. And of course, just go into the Scriptures just trying to find the scriptures that I felt would apply to my situation right here in this moment. I would just read them over and over. Sometimes there were moments where I couldn't read them. So, I would just ask Brad to read them over me. He did, and the Holy Spirit would just come in and comfort me.

Marti Pieper: I love that. What about you, Brad?

Brad: I think there were a lot of things to get done in the moment. I'm a very hands-on like, OK, we’ve got to do this. But something we learned really fast is that the medical world is eight to eight to five, and shuts down on the weekends, which is so weird sometimes in the chaos of everything. But I think it helped us kind of take a breath and really allow God to move and do things because we had to pause. We didn't have an option. There was no other email, no other call. Nothing else we could do. We just had to stop and wait. We watched time and time again as God just did something, whether it was medically related or whether it was just provision in the situation. So, I think, for me, watching God do stuff on our behalf when we really couldn't do anything was probably the most comforting thing … knowing that we were being cared for by just an incredible God. Even when we were trying to figure things out, He was just like, wait, I got this. It's gonna be OK.

Marti Pieper: That's awesome. Now, I know He made several things to come together even for you to be able to have the surgery that you needed. But during the surgery, Rebekah, you had you had a specific answer to a specific prayer, and I'd love to hear you share that story with our listeners, if you would.

Rebekah: Yes, so, from the beginning, I just began to ray for a miracle. I wanted God to cure me. I wanted it to disappear. I didn't want to need surgery. I didn't want to need to go to the doctor. And you know, I'm sure everybody prays that God would just make it all disappear. And He can. I believe that He can and I know that He works things differently for different situations to show His sovereignty and his goodness. I thought I had this amazing plan, that the tumor would just disappear and all the doctors would get saved, right? And so, the specific prayer that I prayed was that … it doesn't make sense, physically, medically. I don't know why I chose to say the prayer this way. But I, I asked God that he would make the tumor flawed in my body, that it would just shrivel up and fall out of my body. I know it sounds kind of weird. So, I think it was 12 weeks that went by of waiting and me praying every time that every new CT scan, the biopsy that it would have disappeared. But it was still there. And rolling into the surgery room I was even just thinking that God, You can still make it happen as I’m falling asleep under the anesthesia. The doctor came out after what was supposed to be a six-to-eight our operation to update the family. It was only two and a half hours into the operation that she came out. She said she’s all done. The surgery is over. She's in recovery. She's fine. Once we got her asleep and opened up, the tumor practically fell out of her body. To me, in that moment, like it was such a simple thing that she said, she had no idea the prayer that I had been praying. I hadn’t shared it with her. But to me, in that moment, it just, it felt like it was God's way of saying, even though I'm not going to choose your plan, my plan is better, and I'm sovereign. But even in that, I want to let you know that I heard you, I was with you. In those moments when you were praying and seeking me, I was with you, and I heard you. It was just an amazing moment just of God saying that to me. It was really awesome.

 

Connect with Brad and Rebekah

·         Bradandrebekahmusic.com

·         On YouTube

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

Episode Notes

Charisma News

Special Series: Hope Through Cancer

Guests: Brad and Rebekah

 

The prerelease of worship artists Brad + Rebekah's album, Sound of Heaven, coincided with a shocking cancer diagnosis for Rebekah. In this episode with host Marti Pieper, they share their story of hope and healing.

Introduction

This episode is brought to you by the E book Revelatory Combat by Ryan LeStrange. Revelatory Combat is a concise look into the prophetic ministry and the partnership between prophets and apostles. It provides clarity for the battle facing the church in this hour. Ryan LeStrange and Charisma magazine are proud to offer you a year-long subscription of Charisma magazine, as well as a download of Revelatory Combat for only $20. If you'd like to take part in this offer, be sure to visit combat.charismamag.com or call 1-800-749-6500 and mention the word combat.

Marti Pieper: For any artist, the release of a new project is a joyous time. But just before Brad and Rebekah’s latest worship album, “The Sound of Heaven,” released, Rebekah found herself in the hospital receiving a sudden and terrible diagnosis. This is another podcast in our series, Hope through Cancer. I’m Marti Pieper.

 

·         Read the story: How This Woman’s Unusual Prayer Became a Cancer Miracle

 

No one wants to hear the words, you have cancer. Not only did Rebekah of worship duo Brad and Rebekah, hear those words, but she heard them right before the release of their most recent album. But God had so much more for this couple than cancer. I'm delighted to welcome Brad and Rebekah to the Hope Through Cancer Series on Charisma news.

 

More in the Hope Through Cancer Series

·         With Doug Stringer

·         With Jay and Sofia Lyons

·         With Karen Schatzline

 

Rebekah, as I just said, you found out about your cancer almost right as The Sound of Heaven was releasing. And I know you believe that the songs in that album help prepare you for what was ahead. Can you explain that for our listeners a little bit?

 

Watch: I Am Found music video from Brad and Rebekah

 

Rebekah: Yeah, definitely. We were getting ready to pre-release the next day, actually. We were laying in the emergency room and the diagnosis came completely unexpectedly, out of nowhere. We had been writing some songs and preparing for new project. We had been writing for actually almost about four years. It was a really big project. We interviewed pastors, just to ask for their Shepherd's heart into the writing process because we believe that worship teaches us the theology that we believe. So, we just wanted some deep, rich truths from the shepherds of today of our churches. So, they were full of just really deep truths about who we believe God is and what we believe is true about ourselves in Him. So, we had all these really, really deep, rich songs about God and about who we are, what our identity is in Him. We had been recording them and some of them we'd already been moving them  in churches across the country, in all kinds of congregations and just carry forth the belief of those of those songs to the congregations we're speaking to. In the weeks that followed the diagnosis, more and more every time I would listen to a song, it was just like, wow, that was the truth. I needed more than I realized. I needed it more than I needed it before even. I needed to hold on to what I believed about God and what I believed about myself in Him; that loves me and that He is sovereign and good. They were truly an anchor at the time, and still are.

Marti Pieper: That's amazing. Now, you, you alluded to this a little bit that the diagnosis, as it does for a lot of people, it really came suddenly into your lives. Can you can tell us a little bit more about how you found out?

Rebekah: I had had a baby a year and a half before, actually almost two years before. There was a tumor growing in my abdomen and I just didn't realize it because I had the mama tummy, the baby mama tummy. So, I just didn't realize that my tummy was actually getting bigger rather than getting smaller because I was focusing on other things, focusing on a baby and, I guess, dabbling in ministry and whatnot. So, one morning I realized there was something hard in my abdomen, and that took me to the doctor and she ordered an ultrasound and that went straight to a CT scan. Then they sent me to the emergency room because they thought that it was bleeding. So, they thought I was in danger. They sent me to the emergency room and it was there the radiologist there that realized what it was that it was: a large, lyposarcoma.

Marti Pieper: Brad, you were with her in the emergency room? By this point, you have two young kids, right? So, were you able to be there with her then?

Brad: Yes, I was there with her. We'd spent the last couple days just thinking there was something wrong, but nothing of that nature. So, I think we were we were both a little surprised. I had just kind of walked a little bit away to find out where the doctor was. We were in an overcrowded emergency room hallway, and we weren't even in a room. I came back around the corner and I saw the doctor kneeling down next to Rebecca. It was just one of those moments where you could tell this isn't one of these good scenarios. This isn't a good conversation. So, I walked over and they filled me in on what was going on and then we just kind of proceeded from there. But it definitely took us took us by surprise, that's for sure.

Marti Pieper: We know that the Holy Spirit is our comforter. I'm sure that you believe that and you taught that. How did you experience that as you both … I'd love to hear from both of you, as you started walking through this time together. How did the Holy Spirit minister to you?

Rebekah: Yes, goodness, there were many, many moments that I needed reminding that the Holy Spirit is my comforter because fear likes to creep in. The enemy would love to take us out in those moments, distract us from the truth and from the Holy Spirit. So, there were several moments over the course of a long time that I would just have to push that out and welcome the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. There would be moments where I would read a post from somebody that would post on social media, this an encouraging word that was just a perfect word I needed to hear at the time. Or they would send me a song to listen to, like a worship song to listen to, and it would just be so comforting. That was straight from the Holy Spirit. And of course, just go into the Scriptures just trying to find the scriptures that I felt would apply to my situation right here in this moment. I would just read them over and over. Sometimes there were moments where I couldn't read them. So, I would just ask Brad to read them over me. He did, and the Holy Spirit would just come in and comfort me.

Marti Pieper: I love that. What about you, Brad?

Brad: I think there were a lot of things to get done in the moment. I'm a very hands-on like, OK, we’ve got to do this. But something we learned really fast is that the medical world is eight to eight to five, and shuts down on the weekends, which is so weird sometimes in the chaos of everything. But I think it helped us kind of take a breath and really allow God to move and do things because we had to pause. We didn't have an option. There was no other email, no other call. Nothing else we could do. We just had to stop and wait. We watched time and time again as God just did something, whether it was medically related or whether it was just provision in the situation. So, I think, for me, watching God do stuff on our behalf when we really couldn't do anything was probably the most comforting thing … knowing that we were being cared for by just an incredible God. Even when we were trying to figure things out, He was just like, wait, I got this. It's gonna be OK.

Marti Pieper: That's awesome. Now, I know He made several things to come together even for you to be able to have the surgery that you needed. But during the surgery, Rebekah, you had you had a specific answer to a specific prayer, and I'd love to hear you share that story with our listeners, if you would.

Rebekah: Yes, so, from the beginning, I just began to ray for a miracle. I wanted God to cure me. I wanted it to disappear. I didn't want to need surgery. I didn't want to need to go to the doctor. And you know, I'm sure everybody prays that God would just make it all disappear. And He can. I believe that He can and I know that He works things differently for different situations to show His sovereignty and his goodness. I thought I had this amazing plan, that the tumor would just disappear and all the doctors would get saved, right? And so, the specific prayer that I prayed was that … it doesn't make sense, physically, medically. I don't know why I chose to say the prayer this way. But I, I asked God that he would make the tumor flawed in my body, that it would just shrivel up and fall out of my body. I know it sounds kind of weird. So, I think it was 12 weeks that went by of waiting and me praying every time that every new CT scan, the biopsy that it would have disappeared. But it was still there. And rolling into the surgery room I was even just thinking that God, You can still make it happen as I’m falling asleep under the anesthesia. The doctor came out after what was supposed to be a six-to-eight our operation to update the family. It was only two and a half hours into the operation that she came out. She said she’s all done. The surgery is over. She's in recovery. She's fine. Once we got her asleep and opened up, the tumor practically fell out of her body. To me, in that moment, like it was such a simple thing that she said, she had no idea the prayer that I had been praying. I hadn’t shared it with her. But to me, in that moment, it just, it felt like it was God's way of saying, even though I'm not going to choose your plan, my plan is better, and I'm sovereign. But even in that, I want to let you know that I heard you, I was with you. In those moments when you were praying and seeking me, I was with you, and I heard you. It was just an amazing moment just of God saying that to me. It was really awesome.

 

Connect with Brad and Rebekah

·         Bradandrebekahmusic.com

·         On YouTube

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

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