Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)
Many of you who know me personally know that I have Fibromyalgia, and as the weather fluctuates, so do the flare ups. (For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Fibromyalgia, it is a disease that causes wide spread pain and extreme fatigue along with
many, many other symptoms. It is not fatal, but it is also not curable. Because the exact cause of this disease has yet to be determined, there are some treatments available, but no one thing that works for everyone.) Usually I manage the symptoms as best I can, but this past week was particularly hard. I ended up in bed for three full days.
During these times the devil does his best to discourage me. He whispers lies to me such as: I’m useless to my family; or my family would be better off without me; or how could God use a loser like me when I can’t even get out of bed. The devil is the father of lies, and he comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. It makes sense that he’d hit me when I’m at my lowest and attempt to steal my joy, kill my hope, and destroy my faith.
The Holy Spirit is always quick to remind me of my identity in Christ – I am a child of God, an overcomer, greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world, I am an heir of the Most High King, and I am redeemed. These truths drown out the lies of the enemy.
Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted chapters of the Bible. A couple of years ago, God shed light into my heart regarding the second verse. It says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Sometimes in all of the hustle and bustle of this thing called life, He has to make us lie down in order to make us slow down. On days when I am confined to my house, I can still praise God. On days when I can’t get out of bed, I can pray and read the Word. The first part of Psalm 23:3 says, “He restores my soul.” Sometimes in order for our souls to be restored or refreshed, He has to bring us to a point where He has our full attention. Sometimes for me that requires three days of bedrest.
Psalm 73:26 (ESV) reminds us, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Whatever you are facing today, be encouraged in your identity in Christ and walk in the faith that He is working all things together for your good!
Have a blessed week, y’all!