True Comfort

Living with chronic illness means having a life of ups and downs. Just last week I had my worst Fibromyalgia flare up ever. God gave me the strength to make it to teach my classes, but in the afternoons I slept for hours. My pain level one day was a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. My morning time of listening to worship music and praying is what pulled me through along with the prayers of others.

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What keeps me going on my rough days is that I know God is with me. I have been through so many different trials since I rededicated my life to Jesus in October 1989 that I can see looking back the truth of Romans 8-“God causes all things to work together for those who love God and are called according to his purposes.””

However, I also understand that for some the struggle can be so hard that isolation and depression could set in.

One blogger I follow is a quadriplegic and has been through a rough time. Terri has a blog Diary of a Quadriplegic and she shared a post yesterday- Put Your Hope in God. I highly recommend reading the post and following her. If you check out her post and follow her, let her know you are praying for her. πŸ™‚

Years ago I read the Heidelberg Catechism. It is in question and answer form. The first question and answer leads me to my point for today.

Q.What is your only comfort in life and death?
A.That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.

My point today is that whatever happens in this life, we belong to Jesus. That is our comfort whatever happens. Jesus did not promise us life would be easy. He promised that he would always be with us. We cannot fathom the will of God and frankly there are times that life is so cruel it is hard to see God at work. Anyone who lives with chronic illness or who has been injured in an accident that left them in a wheelchair understands how cruel life can seem. But our true comfort is that we belong to God. Our true encouragement is that whatever we face in this life is not our forever. Our forever is with Jesus in heaven.

I want to share a video by Kristin Minor. I love her 5th thing that living with chronic illness has taught her, but I won’t spoil it for you. Just watch her video. Let me know what you think of her 5th thing she learned.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

16 thoughts on “True Comfort

  1. # 5 – God is our greatest comfort! I agree, nice video. This applies to so many struggles we have in life. I pray God would comfort you and others going through Chronic illness big brother. ❀️

  2. “Anyone who lives with chronic illness or who has been injured in an accident that left them in a wheelchair understands how cruel life can seem. But our true comfort is that we belong to God. Our true encouragement is that whatever we face in this life is not our forever. Our forever is with Jesus in heaven.” Amen!

  3. Thank you for sharing. Ironic that you posted Roman’s 8. It has been following me around, and it has become a great source of comfort to me lately. Thank you for your kindness. God bless you.

  4. “Our true encouragement is that whatever we face in this life is not our forever. Our forever is with Jesus in heaven”. It can’t be said any better. God strengthens you in those ‘not pleasant’ moment.

  5. Such a blessing. God is our utmost blessing. May we constantly find solace in Him at all times.

    I read her blog post too. Thanks for sharing big bro.

    God’s mighty hands is with you and others going through this. πŸ™

  6. My husband had a really bad fibromyalgia flare-up recently too. He said it really freaked him out because usually he passes out when the pain gets bad. He just crashes, but he said he wasn’t passing out and his pain was so high. I don’t ask for prayer often (I don’t know why), but I asked to be kept in prayer. Andrew and I both have our autoimmune to deal with. On one hand this makes things even more challenging, but on the other hand it’s a blessing because we understand each other. There’s no friction between us because we know what the other is going through. God’s good. He always is. He gives us strength and encouragement when we need it. He keeps us close to Him. Would I love to be well? You bet I would, but not if it isn’t God’s will because He uses it. I’ve got you on my prayer list and I will keep you in prayer, Matt. You’re a trooper. Your posts are always so encouraging. God is using it, and you. Be blessed bro. You’re blessing me more than you know. 😊

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