Jinnie Parsons


“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:14

Each of us has a life story.  No two are just the same.  Some have striking events while others are more of the daily grind.  We know we live on this earth and our lives are heading somewhere.  There’s a God who has given each of us a life to live here. What has He given us to live our days?  What I’ve found in my life is that He’s given us more than enough for every need!  He tells us all about them in the words He’s provided in our Bibles.

In the summer of 2007 my life took a unique turn.  I had been having unusual feelings and headaches, which led my doctor to schedule a MRI.  It revealed a brain tumor in the front temporal lobe of my brain.  This was a new experience for me!  As I considered this unexpected path, I was confident that God knew just where it was going to lead.  I found that I could choose to trust Him each step of the way.  When we trust God, He gives us more than enough strength to take the next step with peaceful confidence in our hearts.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  Isaiah 26:3

Surgery came next—not hard to remember the date—on 9/11!  This revealed that the tumor was a malignant glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), (the most common and most aggressive type of brain tumor), and could not be surgically removed.  I would be able to have radiation and chemotherapy attempting to slow the growth of the tumor, but humanly speaking, the prognosis was not optimistic.  I knew that I just needed to thank our God for what He had given!  He does nothing random for any of us.  His purpose is always more than enough!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

During this time I began to hear of some amazing things that God was doing.  I began to hear from people all over the country saying, “We’re praying for you.”  It occurred to me that I was just a tool in this event.  The Lord was using this story to encourage others far and near.  He was giving more than enough joy and encouragement to many people, including me!  I didn’t need to have this tumor removed in order to have joy in my heart.  I needed to see God’s love for me more, to know Him better!

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

Radiation and chemotherapy treatments came next in a 30-day regimen designed to slow the tumor’s growth.  Now many might expect that God would heal completely during such a time, and He certainly is able to do so!  He may yet choose to heal me here on earth, but there’s even more than physical healing in His plans for us!  He has more than enough life, physical and spiritual, available for all of us!

We all look at our lives here on this earth.  I know I looked at everything!  So many things to see and do, so many things to experience.  Our God created this earth and life here, but it is a temporary time.  There’s another life after this one, a life that will never end!  Each one of us will live in one of two places: with God Himself, or without Him in punishment.  Our God has told us everything we need to know.  As people we aren’t the same as God.  He’s perfect and we’re not!  He tells us that all of us have lives full of disobedience to Him.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

That was an eye-opening fact to me.  Was there any way that I could fill that gap?  No, I couldn’t on my own.  Yet God provided more than enough to meet my need and yours!  He knew that only He could pay for our sin debt, so our God came to this earth as Jesus Christ.  He lived here, taught here, and died here to provide us a way to gain that new life!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

When Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead, He paid for all our wrongdoing.  We can come to Him now and humbly ask for that payment.  He will freely give it to us!  If we trust what our God has done for us, we will have more than enough life, now and forever!  That’s the best gift of all from our God.  I trusted God for that gift many years ago, and I know today that the best thing I can do is tell you how to receive that gift, too.

I have some future medical options for this tumor.  There are research programs that may be entered.  I plan to follow each of the Lord’s steps along this path.  I have more than enough of His joy and strength here in this life, but I have even more than enough coming in the next!


Born in Ypsilanti , Mich. , Jinnie was the daughter of Marshall Benson Parsons and Virginia Mary Parsons.  She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  She worked for the Bob Jones Press’s Testing and Evaluation Department and held a bachelors and masters degree from Bob Jones University . She was the president of the Women’s Missionary Ministries at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors , S.C.

Virginia Kay Parsons, of Greenville , S.C., was sent into the presence of the Lord which is her Saviour on Thursday, April 3, 2008. The earthly ministry of Jinnie and her testimony of Peace in Christ, during a time of tremendous challenge, reflected God’s grace and mercy, in circumstances difficult to understand.

As Jinnie mentioned in her testimony “Our God created this earth and life here, but it is a temporary time.  There’s another life after this one, a life that will never end!  Each one of us will live in one of two places: with God Himself, or without Him in punishment.”

If you would like to know more about the eternal security Jinnie was assured of, please visit the dedicated Promise of Hope Area.

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