Something you might not know about me if you just met me on the street is that for the past 10+ years I have been in pain. Everyday to varying degrees, I wake up in pain. It is like having the flu and getting hit by a car. Sounds like fun, huh? I have fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis in my spine.
For years I didn’t talk about it. Most people had no clue. I am very good at putting on a happy face in public. I would wear that happy face because I did not want to be a Debby Downer. What good does it do to tell people that I feel like junk when they ask me how I am doing. They do not really want to know….right?
This has been a thorn in my side for so many years. Do I believe that God can heal me? Yes! Do I believe that is His plan for me? Not sure. But what if there is a purpose for my pain?
When I finally started opening up about my pain, God began to use it for His purpose. He brought people to me that were also struggling with pain and felt alone. I was able to pour into them and encourage them.
I cannot choose whether or not to be in pain. I can choose to use it to honor God and bring Him glory. Daily I choose to be thankful. God is good. He gives me the strength I need every day! My hope is in Him. There is a purpose in my pain!
These are some scriptures that bring me hope daily!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Psalm 118:14
“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
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