John 12:24 - I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
One of the hardest things that we face, with our pain, is that parts of our life have died. We can’t take part in them anymore. And it’s hard to face when we feel like we’re letting others down. Reach out to Jesus. Even if parts of your life have died, he can plant new seeds into your life to grow and bring you hope. He will help you feel that there is a reason to go on.
What areas of your life have died and you’ve been able to see past the sorrow, or does it still cause deep pain? I’d love to hear from you.
Luke 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Feeling like you have worth and value can be a lifetime struggle. You start out your day feeling pretty good about yourself, but then a detour hits and you spend the day stuck in traffic running around rabbit holes instead. Your boss comes to you asking where the report was that he asked you for in the morning and you don’t have an answer. If he’s a supportive boss he may take the time to ask what happened. But he’s on a deadline, too. So he proceeds to belittle you and say that if he can’t trust you to meet your deadlines he can always find a replacement. Down goes your feelings of worth and value. But all is not lost, my friend. If you remember who you are to Christ and how much he loves you then whether you are able to keep your job or lose it, you know God is the one who commends your efforts regardless of the outcome.
If you’ve gone through similar situations recently, I’d love for you to share them and join the discussion.
2 Corinthians 12:10 - That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Disabled. It’s a word that you may have been told to you, because you struggle with chronic pain or illness. We often see ourselves as someone weak. But if you drop the first three letters of disabled you come up with – abled.
Because of your disability you are in a unique position. You have an ability to encourage others who are hurting that those who aren’t disabled don’t have. Our weakness can become our strength.
If you’ve been labeled disabled, do you see it as a strength or weakness?
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1 Corinthians 7:17 - You must accept whatever situation the Lord has put you in, and continue on as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.
You’ve gone to the doctor. He’s tried what he knows to do, but still it’s not enough. You don’t get better. We must be ready to accept that this may be something we’re going to have to live with.
This is a tough spot to be in. Talking to others can help you find your way to acceptance by following their example when they’ve faced some tough news. Are you in a tough spot? Is it time for you to come to the point of acceptance? To take part in the discussion, just click on the blue “comments” below. I look forward to hearing from you.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 - Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
God many times just heals us. And other times he uses doctors to help our bodies heal. But what if you see your doctor, believe that God can use him to heal you, and nothing happens?
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.