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Well, I am glad to see you this week! It's always
a joy to know you're reading these little tips!
This week has been about the third week I've been
flaring, very sore. I'm hoping I may be able to
get back on one of my medications at least for
the summer, but my lab tests for my liver have
been higher than usual so I'm not sure.
School is out and I've been busy trying to keep
Josh, my 6-year-old son busy. My parents arrived
last week for a week, and today they are at Sea
World with Joshua. They leave Friday morning and
then it's back to summer craziness with the 4th
just around the corner!
Please keep our ministry in your prayers and
all of the volunteers. My assistant Kara continues
to recover from surgery, Kay, our devotional coordinator
had surgery last week. And many others are suffering
in a variety of ways. It seems to unfair that
people give so much of themselves and yet still
must suffer, but I know they are witnessing to
so many they come into contact with, whether it's
at the hospital, bank, or car repair shop. But
they really appreciate your prayer support. It
does make a difference!
Here are the
blog posts I have written this week.
- Health Care Reform Just Checking In
- Buzzy Brings Relief When Getting Shots
- Why Health (or Illness) Bloggers Blog
- My Favorite New Web Site for Deals
- Fathers Day Reminder
- LOreals Color of Hope Make Up
- Are You Being Charged Incorrectly for Medical
I get a lot of amazing article submitted by people
who have found a new level of faith, despite the
pain of living with chronic illness. Perhaps,
even you have a blog or are a writer! If so, please
consider submitting an article for us to print
here sometime. Just send it to me at email@example.com.
Anyway, I think I found one that you will really
like. It's by Jonnie Wright who is one of our
wonderful supporters (see her ads above) and author
of two terrific Bible studies on chronic llness
that we've carried in our Comfort Zone bookstore
since she first wrote them.
I hope you enoy. . .
the Spider to the Fly
illness is like a spider waiting for its victim.
We who suffer struggle against the sticky circumstances
of life-style changes, daily, unexpected impediments,
relationship pressures, and moment by moment pain.
We do not want to be where we are. We cannot control
our environment. We have no say-so over our body's
betrayal. We labor forward in the hope that if
we exert enough energy searching for relief, we
will find it. "Welcome to my home,"
said the spider to the fly.
I certainly feel as if I am a fly caught in the
web of pain and fear. God created the spider &
the web, and He created me. I know this. Why,
then, is it so terribly hard to reach through
those painful, fearful circumstances to take His
hand and let Him lead?
Perhaps the answer is arrogance, or pride. I
know, how can anyone who is so limited in choices
be full of pride? Yet don't we struggle for moments,
or even days, in our own strength? Doesn't "Oh,
God!" often sound more like a lament than
a prayer? How do we disengage from the sin of
self-will that so easily ensnares us? Why is,
"just take it to Jesus," sound as if
it's not enough when our very breath comes from
The answers to my questions are not easy to find,
and I like easy. In fact, I want to stick my head
in the sand and not think about my difficulties.
But it's just not that simple. Pain is a Siren's
call that must be answered.
Yet the truth shall set us free, if we but humble
ourselves before God, and allow Him to lift us
up--whether or not we are in pain. This truth
cannot be ignored nor over-shadowed by our circumstances:
God can pluck us out of the web of fear caused
by the unknown in our lives when we learn the
lesson to submit to His will. And thus the lesson
of the spider and the fly.
God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
God's word is living and active in my life.
Do you suffer from chronic pain and want to
discover encouragement in God's Word? Jonnie Wright,
who wrote the article above, is also the author
of two Bible studies, The
Silver Bullet: God's Rx for Chronic Pain and
the sequel, Changes:
Managing Chronic Pain. They are written
for easy use by those who are physically suffering.
So until next week, may you continue to know
that we are here for you to pray for you and offer
encouragement of the Lord during this difficult
I know times are difficult right now. Proverbs
15:16 says, "Better a little with the fear
of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil."
Founder and Director
Rest Ministries Chronic Illness Pain Support
my blog via email: http://ow.ly/a0xN
Your Doc May Love Twitter
How can Twittering about your illness help your doctor
out? Read Lisa's newest article on using Twitter as a pain
log tool and feel free to reprint it!
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