I posted this last year and I am thankful for God’s grace which sustains me day by day. This week (March 10, 2018) I have tried to get back on the elliptical trainer in hopes that it would help me have more energy and to be able to do more. The first day went well. Today, not so much. I just couldn’t catch my breath. I will not be discouraged, however.
I am sharing this with you because the Lord impressed upon my heart that someone needs encouragement tonight. Don’t give up. Don’t give in to doubt. He knows and is willing and able to carry you through this trying time with grace and peace that only He can give. For more encouragement, look to the Apostle Paul and see the trials and tribulations (including a “thorn in the flesh; which he asked the Lord three times to remove.) with grace and mercy. Paul and Saul even sang through it. Sometimes, our sufferings are meant to teach us how to comfort others.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforted us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. II Corinthians 1:3-4 and following verses too.
He Giveth More Grace by Annie Johnson Flint is one of my theme songs. The other is Ron Hamiltons Rejoice in the Lord.
Today, a friend posted in her blog, Chronically Content about Chronic Illness Flares.
Her post hit home. My friends and family know that I also struggle with chronic illness. I have an inner-ear disorder called Bilateral Menieres which affects my balance, causes constant ringing in the ears, motion sickness and most notably, vertigo. And then there are Migraines with Aura. Either of these “thorns in the flesh” as the Apostle Paul called his illness, can knock me out of doing daily tasks and driving.
My friend, Lisa, wrote about dirty dishes in the sink, laundry in the hampers and not being able to do anything on bad days. Like Lisa, I am sorry to say is the same here.
We both have three wonderful things in common.
- A loving husband who understands and helps around the house. My hubby is especially good at doing the laundry (I fold), running the vacuum cleaner and buying dinner and bringing it home.
- Timberlake Baptist Church, friends and family who pray for us, offer rides to the doctor and give encouragement.
- Love of the Lord who is with us each minute; step by step, day by day.
As I read her post, the Lord prompted me to write this comment:
Lisa, I know just what you mean. As I was reading this, the words to He Giveth More Grace by Annie Johnson Flint came to mind. Especially this verse.
“When we have exhausted our store of endurance;
when our strength has failed, ere the day is half done.
When we’ve reached the end of our hoarded resources;
our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”
She wrote these words out of physical pain. I came across this article about her and her testimony.http://www.homecomingmagazine.com/article/he-giveth-more-grace/
To hear He Giveth More Grace, click below.