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Are You in Pain? Being Persecuted?

As I read my Bible this morning I was so moved by these verses. I hope these words will bless you as you read them:

2Corinthians 12:9 & 10

And he said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Some days when I get up the pain is so overbearing I sit silently with tears flowing down my face. But it's in these times, God truly does reveal some of the most awesome things to me. For instance, when I shattered my ankle a few years back. I was very dependent upon others for quite some time. I can honestly say this period of time in my life taught me to be more patient, to be more tolerant, to be content with whatever someone did for me regardless if it was the way I would have done it myself. What is important is the intentions the person had in mind when they helped me. I'm so thankful for the family and loved ones that helped me through that valley. One particular moment that will forever live in my mind is what took place on one of my "woe is me moments" during the time I was in my cast. I decided I would try to get out of the house and mosey on over to our local Walmart. I had a handicap sticker and I pulled into the parking lot and found a handicap spot right near the front of the store. I was so grumpy that day. I wanted to be able to stroll through the store without this thing on my leg. I wanted to not feel the constant pain. As I parked the car, turned the ignition off and was getting ready to open the car door.....something caught my eye. There was a man getting out of a car in front of me in the next handicap spot over. As he stood up ...he had no legs. Oh how the Lord spoke to me that day! My situation was temporary, I still had my legs. His loss of legs was permanent! I sat there with tears in my eyes and quietly thanked God for what abilities I do have. It snapped me out of that little "woe is me" moment rather quickly lol.

So as I wake up each day and feel the horrific pain shooting over my body, I have learned to not look at what I "can't" do but what I "can" do. Okay, so today I can't walk outside to putter in my flower garden. I can't walk the dogs in the yard. It's then I sit down and pull out the yarn and thread and begin to crochet. Thank you Lord for my eyesight, thank you Lord for my hands!

God has not forsaken me. He will never leave me! It is in the lowest times of my life He makes himself known to me. I pray that during the times of your life, when you think you are at the end of the rope. When you think you just can't go on. Just remember....."when I am weak, I am strong"!! Thank you Lord for loving me.

P.S. I took the photo of the sun peeping through the clouds a couple of weeks ago. It was a reminder to me that cloudy days are only temporary. The sun is just waiting to shine through!!


Jan at J4C Home said…
I found you on Twitter and followed you here to your blog. I'm so glad I did. What an amazing post! Thank you for sharing this.
Jenny said…
Thank you so much Jan! I appreciate your kind words. I'm fairly new to the world of blogging and comments like this gives me the encouragement to write more often. I'm heading over to your blog now to return the favor :-). God Bless You!

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