Grace & Truth for Chronic Pain Warriors
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “warrior” as a person engaged or experienced in warfare, or more broadly as a person engaged in some struggle or conflict.
Today’s featured post about “chronic pain warriors” spoke straight to the heart for both Heather and I.
I experienced a struggle with a chronic three-year migraine and Heather is engaged in an even longer battle. We are both chronic pain warriors and we both surrendered, yet for each of us, our surrender looks very different.
The Bible says that our struggles are not with flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness, so we must fight with the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-12). The Bible also tells us that the battle belongs to the Lord (1 Samuel 17:47).
When I was sick, I didn’t yet know who My Defender is, and I surrendered to the pain in defeat. But Heather knows how to engage God’s armor, saying: “I ask God for the strength to get me through.” And God doesn’t disappoint. She shared, “The pain didn’t go away, but I was able to focus… not because of my strength, but because of Christ in me.” Dec 30, 2019 Candid Conversations Facebook Group."I asked God for the strength to get me through. The pain didn't go away, but I was able to focus… not because of my strength, but because of Christ in me." Click To Tweet
Mandy Farmer at MandyAndMichele.com and her guest BettieG also know how to fight like a Christian, and they are sharing their stories to encourage other chronic pain warriors in today’s featured post “This Light and Momentary Pain.”
If I had read a post like this in 2013, I would have known what to do with my questions and fears. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt responsible and ashamed for the stress my illness put on my family. I may have known how to ask for help much sooner.
Whether you’re succumbing to fear, resting in surrender through the strength that is in you, or if you know someone who is engaged in battle, you will be inspired by the first of a series of interviews with chronic pain warriors in “This Light and Momentary Pain.”
And please read to the end of the post and contact Mandy if you want to share your story to empower people like me how to surrender in the grace of our Almighty God.
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This Light and Momentary Pain
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Thank you for featuring Mandy & Michele’s series, and my post with them. I am so humbled and grateful that the Lord does join us with each other so that we can share His encouragement and comfort. I’ve been so blessed by all of His connections. Blessings and love to you on this journey with Him.
Your testimony meant so much to both of us, BettieG. Thank you for your comments and especially for your blessings and love. We continue to pray for all chronic pain warriors for their peace and perseverance and that we may all lean on Jesus every day.
Chronic pain has such an effect on our minds and hearts. It has the ability to make you feel isolated and alone. As you so beautifully pointed out – fear can keep you even more trapped, feeling like a burden. It’s heartbreaking!
BUT GOD! He truly is our Best Friend, Our Healer, Our Deliverer, Our Comforter and our All in All. Whatever we need from Holy Spirit, He can provide. What a beautiful relationship.
I thank you for providing hope for those suffering daily with mind-numbing pain and the disappointment with life that can bring. I pray everyone would be comforted with the healing love of Jesus and find freedom from it all.
God bless you for sharing this! What a wonderful post. ♥
“BUT GOD!” – my favorite phrase in the English language! Thank you for your comments and especially your prayers, Holly. I’m so happy this post spoke so powerfully to you.
I am praying for both of you as I send this. I can’t imagine living with constant pain. At times I have had seasons of physical pain, and I find it challenging to be joyful. However, I am so thankful we have a good God who will see us through anything—heading over to read the featured post.
Thank you for your prayers, Maree!
Those who live with chronic pain are heroes to me. Day in and day out they have to fight a battle against hopelessness and fear. They teach me so much about fighting my own daily struggles and maintaining hope in how God provides for us.
To be honest, I hear this a lot, but I don’t feel like a hero. You just do what you have to do and keep looking to Jesus.