I Am Still Standing!

“In all things you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (I Peter 1:6-7)

Perhaps most of us have experienced mental, physical or spiritual pain either simultaneously or at different times. During the 52 years of my life, I have suffered from all three due to abandonment, betrayal and all kinds of flaming arrows thrown at me from evil people. Satan! I Am Still Standing! Ephesians 6:16, tells us to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil.”

We must not perpetuate our faith to become Satan’s playground. What about you? What oppositions are you giving the authority in your life? The Israelites’ experience should teach us we should not focus on our circumstances and oppositions, but focus on God through troubled waters.

Some of you are aware that in 2009, I sustained many traumatic injuries that resulted in years of physical therapy, concussion, migraines, right shoulder rotator cuff tear, neck and back injuries, and approximately fourteen surgeries, including back surgery in August 2015. Afterward, I was diagnosed with other medical conditions such as  chronic iron deficiency anemia; and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance which is a condition that causes the body to create abnormal protein with a slight increased risk of developing blood and bone marrow diseases, including serious blood cancers such as multiple myeloma or lymphoma; Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 2; and Hypertension. I also suffer from peripheral neuropathy, swollen left leg and foot, and sometimes with a limp from left foot pain. By God’s Grace I Am Still Standing. In pain yes, but standing.

Hence, as led by the Holy Spirit, on June 29, 2019, blogging became an outlet for me to share my pain, struggles, blessings and to encourage others. However, it turned out that you, followers and viewers of my blogs encouraged me. The past seven months have been an amazing journey with you. I look forward to our continued blogging interactions.

Last week, my neurosurgeon and I discussed recent neck and back MRIs which call for more therapy, neck traction and spine and joints pain relief injections. I look forward to some relief other than having a second back surgery. Apostle Paul said it best “Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10). By God’s Grace I Am Still Standing.

What about you? Are you going to let God navigate over your troubled waters? Or are you going to focus on the circumstances? Perhaps some of you feel as though your backs are against the wall dealing with illnesses, bereavement, unhappiness, loneliness, or unemployment, grief, sadness, financial difficulties, or the like? By God’s Grace You Are Still Standing, perhaps not where you wish to be, but still living to make changes.

There are no oppositions that can stay the hand of God if He chooses to act on our behalf. Sometimes, we have to be strong for weaker vessels to see God’s power in sustaining us through our infirmities.

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’” — Jeremiah 30:17

BIBLE REFERENCES:

II Corinthians 6:4-10; James 2-4, 12; Psalm 129:1-2; Isaiah 40:29-31; Psalm 91:1-16

 

14 thoughts on “I Am Still Standing!

  1. Bonjour mes Amis et Mes Amies du Net
    Comment vas- tu
    Dehors ce n est pas le beau temps
    La tempête est là ,cela me dis rien de sortir
    Alors ce jour je vais abordé ton blog
    Avec un sourire, un petit mot
    Pour venir te saluer
    Je te souhaite une agréable journée ou peut être une bonne soirée si tu es loin
    Je te remercie aussi des passages et tes mots que tu laisses sur mon blog
    Prends bien soin de toi et de ceux qui sont autour de toi
    Bisous Bernard

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  2. I’m glad you shared this. You have been through so much, and so many of the others that have commented have also been through a lot. I know we all have different struggles, but it’s very encouraging to read that we’re not alone in them- that others have them too. I’m so thankful that the Lord sustains his children. I wouldn’t be standing today without the Lord’s help either!!🤗

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    1. Good morning, amen, only by His grace and mercy we stand. I started blogging to share my pains, struggles and blessings. I am so thankful I followed the Holy Spirit’s lead to get out my comfort to blog, and for the encouragement of my
      husband to write.

      You all have unbelievably encouraged me. Blogging has been such an amazing journey. Thank you for reading and sharing feedback.

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  3. Love this and appreciate your wonderful example. God is good and with us through all our trials and tribulations. Like you, I turned to blogging after dealing with some traumatic experiences and it has been more of a blessing than I ever imagined – getting to know you being one of those blessings. Thank you for continuing to post encouraging articles

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  4. You are such an inspiration to us all! Back in 1996 I too had an injury and I did not let the devil win. With my faith in God I focused only on the good things in my life. It really does work. All I ever heard was “How can you be so positive” but for me it was the only way to be. I will pray for your pain to go away although I know God has you in His hands!

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  5. Tangie, I am sorry for your pain, and suffering but I agree with what you say here. All great bible verses and great truths for God’s Saints. Dealing with chronic pain is not easy. I was injured in a bad water skiing accident and suffered for ten years before having three disc fused. I needed four fused but then would not have been able to drive. Had a horrible and frightening childhood as a surviving ACOA but God never left my side growing up and I thank God every morning for his love, grace and for Jesus saving a sinner like me. You have a great testimony to share so glad you are doing that. I will say a prayer for you. I pray for my fellow bloggers as a whole because there are so many new sisters and brothers out there that I love and care about. Have a blessed week and thank you for the amazing post, my sister in Christ. Love Joni

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    1. Thank you. You also have a testimony to share and to encourage others. Blogging personal experiences is a wonderful thing and I am so thankful I was led by the Holy Spirit; otherwise, I would not have gotten out of my comfort zone to share PHI. Thank you for reading, sharing your story and your feedback. I will also pray for you. Have an awesome week in the Lord.

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