One of my favorite Christian authors is Dr. Charles Stanley, in the March 2016 monthly devotional was this lovely paragraph on March 8th:
Whatever the circumstances, we should be evaluating what God is doing in us. Like a gem polisher, He will work off our rough edges by running us up against tough experiences and people. When we look for His purposes and lessons, we hasten the time when our life message reflects the hope that is available in Christ Jesus.
The lesson here is — we will experience hard times, we will deal with abrasive people, we will be wounded by words. Circumstances will challenge and maybe even change us — but what we can’t do, is fall apart — taking a worldly view to our situation. No! Instead, lean in on your Heavenly Father; pray, seek wisdom and peace.
There are two schools of thought when dealing with chronic pain. 1) Deal with it, internalize, tell everyone you are fine when you are not and 2) Deal with it, find other avenues for venting (journaling, pain management, psychological therapy, etc.) and acknowledge your pain when asked.
What is the biblical take on chronic pain? Is there one?
One thing I discovered is that there are plenty of verses relating to physical pain:
Oh, that God would grant the thing I long for most—to die beneath his hand and be freed from his painful grip.
He complained about a headache and soon was moaning in pain. His father said to one of the servants, “Carry him home to his mother.”
I am worn out with pain; every night my pillow is wet with tears.
When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, a Roman army captain came and pled with him to come to his home and heal his servant boy who was in bed paralyzed and racked with pain.
I have lived with chronic pain since 2008. My sacroiliac joint was acting up. It never got better and seven years later it brought me to a pain management doctor. I was not gung-ho about medicine to relieve pain; I still wanted to live; which meant being able drive, work, function as a human being. And it did, finally. Eight months later we found the solution. It does take trial and error and a doctor who ‘gets’ you.
In my opinion, it also takes lots of prayer; your own and those of others. What are we to lay at the altar? Only the minuscule things? I think not. I believe the bigger the request, the more power lies in the prayer and ultimately, EVERY ANSWER TO PRAYER acknowledges our relationship with God.
God is omnipotent. What does that exactly mean? I found so much good information online, I am posting a link for your further reading:
We do not have to struggle with the hows and whys, just know that your heavenly Father is now, and ever will be. The Omega, the beginning and the end. All you ever need.
No where in the bible is the word “trinity” but this verse in Matthew sure spells it out: Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the option of a “do over”? Or to revise our day just every now and then? I’d sure like that. Especially to take back something stupid or hurtful I said. We are blessed to have a loving Father who forgives our stupidity so we can move on much faster, but the words we’ve said, the harm we’ve caused to others can not be so easily undone. This is where a revision would be handy!!
Speaking of which; “The Pieces” book has been revised and is ready on Amazon on either paperback or Kindle.
I appreciate everyone who reads the book and this blog, it’s all God. 24/7/365, His words, I am merely the messenger!
2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, his way is perfect; The word of the Lord is true. He shields all who hide behind him.
Dear friend who loves God: In my first letter I told you about Jesus’ life and teachings and how he returned to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions from the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 3 reminds us that all happens in God’s time; not ours.
Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers, he thanks God for his situation (do we EVER do that???) and he encourages others.
Until recently I haven’t grasped the concept of thanking God for the hard times. However, I see that gratitude isn’t just for the “good stuff,” if that were true, we’d only be happy when life was happy. Even in our deepest sorrow or pain, God is there, his desire is that we lean on him. By doing so, a small piece inside our heart grows; pushing the sorrow and pain out. How can we possibly have room for love and happiness if our heart is stone cold and black? We can’t. That’s where being grateful for all of it, comes into play.
It’s not easy to be grateful for the pain. I know. But if it brings us out of something harsh and cold into the loving arms of Jesus, what better path to love?
Be a blessing. Be blessed.
PS “The Pieces” is not currently available, it is going through a 2nd editing. It will be back on the shelves at Amazon by November 5, 2015.
Oftentimes (usually) we are unaware of those who pray for us, or our loved ones – due to the many prayer circles we belong to and friendships we have (and those of the people we know and don’t know).
I received in my email today, a note from someone I don’t know – that encouraged me with this scripture: “I have loved you, with an everlasting love and I am constant in my affection for you.” Jeremiah 31: 3
The timing of this beautiful quote couldn’t have come at a better time, the irony (although this begs to God’s timing, not ours) is that it had been sitting in my email box since September 11th.
Do not be glib when you say you will pray for someone; make an effort. Pray with intention. You may not know what they need (and probably you don’t!), but God does. Let prayer become as natural to you as breathing.
Are we ever really content? Do we go from one thing to the next? Is our calendar perpetually filled? Do we believe that tomorrow will be better instead of focusing on what is good today?
My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend.
But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves….”
There are many times in our life when we are annoyed with others. We feel justified. The world keeps spinning on its axis no matter what is going on with us.
God expects us to be patient and kind and loving. ALL, not most of the time. We are not justified, and we all too often rely on ‘how we feel’ instead of living and breathing in faith.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
2 Kings 20:3
, how I have walk
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fully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in
Our prayers are answered in God’s time. Be encouraged; God wants us to be happy, but oftentimes what we think will make us happy and what actually will, are two different things. Establishing a relationship with your Father, reading His word, aligning your life with His, makes asking the prayers and receiving answers that coexist, possible.
I have been on the receiving end of a beautifully answered prayer. I am in awe of the miracles God can do when restoring relationships.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.