when you're in a flare-up

Laurie - posted on 09/12/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi girls, my heart has been with you even though I have not been online in a couple of days.

God has been showing me something new in my devotions the past few days that I hope will be an encouragement. I've been in a flare that I didn't know if I was going to pull out of (thankfully, it's calming down some), and God has been encouraging me to trust Him in both the good days and the bad. He's hit me with some verses that have reminded me that even the bad days can bring good in our lives.

All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)

For the king trusts in the Lord and through the lovingkindness of the most High he will not be shaken. (Psalm 21:7)

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6)

According to your lovingkindness remember me for your goodness sake, O Lord.

From these verses, I realized that even though our paths are difficult, God sprinkles His roses of lovingkindness all across our path just like the flower girl does for a bride. His path for us is lovingkindness, and it's through His lovingkindness we will not be shaken. His lovingkindness will follow us to the end of our lives and then will bring us across the great divide into heaven. He will not forget us in our pain and trials. He will remember us because of His lovingkindness for us--He loves us, and that will never change.

Through a song on the radio, God hit me with the truth about this being the life He's given me. And I realized for the first time that I can be truly thankful for this life because it is God's gift to me. It is a life of pain and more pain, but on these same paths are God's goodness and lovingkindness. This path is one which God will bring good from for me and hopefully for others.

You may not be at a place where you can thank God for this life, and that's okay. But remember that God loves you still and His love will follow you everywhere you go. And it's through His love that you can stand firm in His truths and find peace.

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Suzanne - posted on 10/07/2009

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Laurie, hi there. I don't know about you but it's been tough the last 2 wks.I want you to know I go back and read your devotionals that catch my eye. It makes such a difference knowing you have experienced this pain and still give thanks. I'v had broken bones,surgeries,etc., but RA and fibro is sure a different pain. I loved the prose about mothers. I always said if I could be 1/3 the mom my mother was my kids would be blessed.She has been gone for 5 yrs now and I think and miss her every day. No matter your age, when you lose your parents you still feel like an orphan. In Christs love, Suzanne G

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