With any... illness,handicap,addiction,pain, etc...are they just a weakness-we were punished with? Or is there something more??
I have gone thru so much first off searching for Jesus. But never knew who to pray to about illness or weakness. When I got pregnant-it just got worse...and anger in me arose...I shut out so much of the world. I was hurt-and felt like no one would listen, care or understand. Epilepsy was controlled one minute-pregnancy thru it for a loop. Not knowing Jesus-or how to pray-my heart just hardened...there still had to be more of a purpose-are we all just created to roll dice-and every single one of us being hit with some weakness, trying times? We have to understand there IS MORE TO IT.
I have this epilepsy support group. There are several who know the Lord, Jesus Christ-me being one of them. A couple walking close knowing there is a purpose for everything-weakness, with faith in Him-brings strength-and ability to share all you have gone thru-and He got you thru-with others-weak in faith, or lacking it all together. These aren't punishments in our walk-I am so glad it all happened the way it did with me-as for it keeps me strong in my faith in Jesus Christ-as He opens new roads of healing every day for me. It has given me this gift and love to help others who are run down in faith-or don't have any-and are hurting-to stay strong...God has an amazing reasons behind everything...one way or another-He will get people (like He got me in 2003) to run to Him. He will also get those weak in faith-to look at all He has given them-as a gift-to help others find Him-and strengthen their faith with similar issues. You can take what you have and totally use it for His glory-instead of dwelling. Not to focus on your own weakness-just use it to help others with theirs see-that God has so many gifts out there for each of us-and they aren't to be revoked by an illness-any weakness. They are to be glorified thru those-showing that doesn't hold us back-just makes us love Him more!!
My friend, Jeanie has so many gifts. She has epilepsy. She also has Cerebral Palsy. She goes to my epilepsy support group-and when she speaks-says awesome words! But gets so nervous that what she might say is wrong-or people think she is just down right weird. These are the ones that my heart so goes out to. She has so many gifts-and I can see how blessed she is by Christ. She is very depressed right now-fearful to "bother" people to be her friend or support. I am one that is never bothered-and pray no one else is-we all have lives-but there are a lot of things we can set aside for people in dire need of support to help see-they aren't alone, they are loved by Christ, and have been given a gift to share His Word to others thru no set backs-except what Satan makes you think you have. This girl's seizures are controlled-AMEN-and she can drive so well with having CP. I wouldn't know what I'd be like...she is gifted!!
It isn't about our outside...it is about our inside-and our faith in Him that gives us faith in our illness-that it isn't a set back...just a gift we can help so many others with!! I am praying daily for Jeanie....so many tears-but when she talks and laughs-you see the Lord's face thru her! His love is there-just needs to keep growing and glowing-thru any obstacle!
Both my daughter and I have epilepsy together-I have quite a few more medical issues- and a third brain surgery on the horizon...but Christ works thru us-with so much love! Gives us both strength thru it all....you should see this child...she amazes ME!!
Weakness is not just a weakness to take in and deal with....it is a gift that thru Jesus-gives us strength!! Never forget that. Even on the hardest days-rest in His arms-pray to Him...and He will tell you your next step, in how to use it for His glory....until one day-He has used it thru you so well-it is His time to heal it.
God bless you all....
In His Love,
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to those who are tired and weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding.
Matthew 5:3 "God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them."
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work thru me.
Philippians 1:29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him.
1 Peter 4:19 So if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you!