Bestselling author and teacher Liz Curtis Higgs is special to many people at Southeast Christian Church and around the world.
Mixing humor and wit with a passion for Jesus, she’s been speaking, teaching and spurring others on in faith since she committed her life to Christ 35 years ago.
Rather than a vocation, Higgs describes her Biblical teaching as a way to “sing her love song for Jesus.”
Recently, she shared news of her battle with uterine cancer. She calls it an unexpected journey toward hope.
Through chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, she has chosen to keep smiling.
“I’ve only cried twice,” she said. “It’s because I know that God is not only with me in the journey, but He prepared me for the journey.”
Over the past year, Higgs has been writing and preparing for the release of her latest book, “31 Proverbs to Light Your Path,” which was released Oct. 3.
Hope in Christ is the book’s central theme as it explores verses in Proverbs.
She began studying the idea of hope in February, when she spoke on the topic at a women’s event at Southeast’s Southwest Campus.
She said the event launched her into “hope mode.”
At the event, she unpacked Scripture on hope, focusing on Romans 15:13, which reads, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Afterwards, three more groups invited her to speak the same message at other events.
“I realized how much of a need this is, for the fullness of our hope to be only in Him,” she said.
Throughout the spring, she continued to focus on hope as she finished her book and prepared for the topic of her 2018 speaking series, “Endless Hope.”
When she received her cancer diagnosis, she steadied her heart on hope.
“I had just spent a whole writing season studying His strength, power, presence,” she said. “I’m not a spiritual giant. God simply prepared my heart.”
Higgs said she will speak on hope in Christ for a long time.
Verses such as Proverbs 27:1, Proverbs 3:5, Proverbs 19:21 remain on the forefront of her mind and conversation.
“I have a greater awareness of His presence, His peace and His calmness,” she said. “God is not shocked, and He’s not worried.”
She has a sense that God entrusted her with cancer.
“I can imagine Him thinking, ‘Liz can handle this. She can give me the glory,’” she said.
Through the process, this has been her only perspective.
She laughs reading verses such as Proverbs 19:21, which says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
“God is in charge and He is with us,” she said. “He’s the one who lays our path and walks before, behind and beside us.”
Higgs said the journey through cancer has pointed her even more toward Christ.
“My hope has shot off the mountain tops. It’s amazing. He’s given me a new kind of joy,” she said.
She takes this joy with her into doctors’ offices and waiting rooms. She sees each appointment as an opportunity to take the Gospel to new places.
“I get to tell them my hope is in Him, and I pray to do it with gusto,” she said.
She said those who have followed her throughout the years have known her red, blonde and silver hairstyles. After losing her hair, she remains spirited, describing her “new do”—a glazed vanilla wig.
Still, thankfulness resounds in her heart and in her prayers. She knows God is faithful.
“We can take nothing for granted, except God,” she said. “He is the one who guides us and leads us. When we need Him, which is all the time, we can run to Him behind His strong tower and be protected and high and lifted up.”
She continues to excite others with Scripture and truth and assures others that she will continue speaking and traveling and is eager to share God’s faithfulness through the process.
“All of the truths that I’ve taught for 35 years, I know they’re real,” she said. “God is faithful. All the things His Word says, they are real. They’re real for right now. They’re real for you. We need not fear or be anxious.”
She asks others to continue to pray.
“If my name ever crosses your mind, pray that this round of chemo and radiation will do it,” she said.
She believes that however her story ends, it is good. It’s a truth she stands by.
“With Him, we know it’s good,” she said. “We get to glorify Him now, and we get to be with Him later.”