When The Battle Is Fierce

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

I don’t know about you, but my battle feels fiercely physical. The pain that I struggle against every day. The flare-ups I live with on a regular basis. Trying to cope with symptoms that never go away. It’s an intense physical battle, and it’s easy to give up altogether.

Yet, God says our struggle is not against flesh and blood.

I had to think about that for a minute before I realized the incredible truth buried within these verses. Even though my physical battle feels intense, it’s my spiritual, emotional and mental battles that I have to fight the hardest to win.

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When You Need Real Hope

Life is hard.

If you live with a chronic illness or chronic pain, you understand more than most just how intense “HARD” can be.

You know that the stress of chronic illness and overwhelming pain can push you right to the edge of your strength and abilities. As you stand and peer over the edge of this cliff, you are intimately acquainted with the feeling that this life is unbearable and that all hope for a better future seems gone. On the really bad days, you might even feel like jumping off this cliff and ending it all.

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When You Can’t Find Joy in the Holidays

The holiday season can be a lonely, hard time for those of us who have particularly hard circumstances. Perhaps you have lost a loved one with whom you used to spend the holidays. Or maybe, like me, you live with chronic pain, and each day is hard beyond belief. Or perhaps your little ones are grown and the house is now empty on Christmas day. All of the these things can make the holiday season particularly hard to bear.

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When You Need Joy in Hard Times

It can be hard to imagine that you can still have joy in the middle of chronic illness, divorce, loss of a loved one, or any other number of hard experiences we face in this life.

In James 1:2, God plainly tells us that He wants us to be able to rejoice in our stressful times. He says, “when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (NLT). But, if you are anything like me, you might be wondering how that is even possible.

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When your life is ruled by “I CAN’T”

Today I had to ask my husband to come get me from work and take me home. 

I had been sitting at my desk, and when I got up, my back muscles contorted, causing a massive spasm which literally threw me on top of the desk. I imagine I was quite the sight as I was holding onto my keyboard for dear life, not able to get to the chair and trying desperately not to hit the floor.

One of my worst nightmares was unfolding as I realized I was going to have to call my boss and coworker to cover for me. I was going to let people down and have to accept the fact that, at least for now, I am not able to fulfill my work responsibilities.

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I hate, more than anything else, to not be able to do what I know I should be able to do. Lately, I have been saying, and have been believing, and have been coming to terms with those two little words a lot:  “I CAN’T!”

Please join me over at Arabah Joy’s blog to find out what to do when your life is characterized by “I CAN’T.”

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