Compassion That Compels

A few weeks ago, a package arrived at my door. Since I hadn’t recently ordered anything, and Christmas was long gone, I was a bit puzzled. What I found inside amazed me and overwhelmed me:

photo courtesy of Compassion That Compels, used with permission

Someone had blessed me with the following:

Jesus Calling devotional
Reusable mug
Scripture Teabags
Scripture Candy Soft Mints
Small blanket
Chick-fil-A gift card
Beautiful, durable tote bag

The only note inside was from a sweet woman whom I had never met. Kristianne explained that a friend had requested this gift to encourage me in my battle with cancer. Her hand-written note said she was praying for me; her words were so genuine, I knew she really was.

Thanks to the power of the world wide web, I quickly found Kristianne’s organization, Compassion That Compels and learned her story. What began as a simple request from a woman facing cancer has turned into a powerful ministry, offering hope and a “warm hug” to women who are in the fight of their lives.

Kristianne contacted me a few days later and a beautiful friendship began to unfold over the phone and across the miles. She had been following my writing, and when she asked me to consider doing a guest post for her blog, I didn’t have to think twice. I was in. So today I would love for you to join me over at Kristianne’s where I’m talking about what you should never say to a cancer patient.

And if you know someone who is facing this terrible battle, why not make her day a little more special by requesting a Compassion Bag for her. Or consider helping Kristianne by sponsoring Compassion Bags for those women she lovingly calls cancer overcomers…because, afterall, that is what we are. 🙂


15 thoughts on “Compassion That Compels

  1. Nancy, I just wanted you to know YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person as I witness your strength and beauty through this difficult season. You are shining with the love of Christ, my friend. So beautiful. So radiant.

    1. Oh, friend, you’re beautiful words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you is not enough, but thank you anyway! Love and blessings, Rosann!

  2. I read your post on what not to say and it was wonderful and insightful. I love the idea of Compassion that Compels…what a great organization!

  3. Nancy, thank you for your words of praise and encouragement about Compassion That Compels. I am blessed to volunteer beside that ‘sweet woman’ Kristianne. Her family’s Ministry and the overcomers it meets is a blessing in my life. I am not a cancer overcomer, but an overcomer of this fallen world where diseases like cancer reside. So in a way, we are all overcomers in Christ. May we all continue to do His Work with the God given gifts we have. With the Lord’s GRACE let us all remain on the battlefield with the confidence and courage it takes to remain Faithful and Obedient to our one and only Almighty God. God Bless you Nancy.

    1. Rosie, so nice for you to stop by. I’m honored to “meet” any friend of Kristianne’s! Thank you for your sweet comments. ~Nancy

  4. Dear Nancy,

    I rarely comment on blogs, but I have to comment on this. My, today I commented a lot on blogs!
    First of all, hugs and kisses to you and your family and God bless you on your struggle with cancer.
    Second, thank you for sharing this. It has inspired me to so similar thing to others who might need it.
    Thank you again!

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    LeeAnne, Style N Season

    1. Hello I would like to purchase two bags one is for a mother at my church and the other one is for my cousin sister .Emma and Stephanie this is both there 2nd go around. Emma’s cancer came back after 11yrs and Stephanie i think came back after 4yrs . They both start radiation therapy soon. I heard Tracy testimony with Dr Jeremiah. Please pray for them aswell

  5. You’re my hero, Nancy. You have no idea how much I needed to read your blog right now. Your words made me cry. Thank you…and praising God for our friendship.

    Love & hugs,

  6. Wow, what a beautiful ministry! Praying for you on your journey. I have a friend who just lost her husband to cancer, I’m going to see about getting one of these packages for her.

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