We must daily visit the only spiritual healing physician, Dr. Jesus, to fill our prescriptions with biblical commandments to energize our body with the fruit of the Spirit to refresh our soul. – Tangie T. Woods
Greetings everyone, I hope all is well with you and your family despite many things happening around us including people suffering with health issues and testing positive for coronavirus. A fellow blogger and her husband tested positive with COVID-19; however, she is looking at their situation from spiritual eyes. She stated, “Every day we will continue thanking God for the joy He is bringing during this journey.” – Watare
I agree with her having many health issues myself. However, I am also focusing on my spiritual journey rather than my physical health. Please do not misunderstand preceding sentence. I am taking care of my body and seeing specialists since my accident in 2009; and I am very thankful to God for allowing these doctors knowledge, skills and abilities to physically care for the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
Are you weary? Worn out? Exhausted? Dog tired? Drained? Overwhelmed? Dead tired? Or feeling shattered in the midst of physical, mental, or spiritual weariness from situations you are enduring? Sometimes we do not recognize symptoms when hurting physically, mentally, and spiritually due to being overwhelmed with domestic affairs, socioeconomic status, relationships, careers, unwise past decisions, current situations or from recent deaths of loved ones? “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” (Jeremiah 31:25)
Physical Perspective. Stress on the body gives warning signs but oftentimes we ignore them. Why? We feel compel to get things done even at the expense of our health. However, it is imperative to recognize our resilience to reduce stress from becoming a long-time enemy that deteriorates our physical, mental and spiritual health. We should identify our stressors and eliminate them from our lives. Just like we flush toxics from our body we must flush toxically people from our spiritual journey. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (I Corinthians 15:33)
Mental Perspective. Mental weariness can come from many things such as illness, marital status, financial difficulties, exhaustion from trauma and drama. When we allow things and people to drain us mentally, it could negatively affect our livelihood, decision making and relationship with the Lord. I wasted years of mental energy trying to change people and situations into what I deem they should be. But as I matured in the Word, I understood authority was not given to me to change others, but for the Word of God to change me in image of His Son.
Spiritual Perspective. Spiritual weariness can come from being outside the will of God. I believe one of the problems is pining to return to the world like Demas. “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and a “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” (II Peter 2:21-22)
Each day God affords me life is my ‘Happy Spiritual Thanksgiving Day’ and giving gratitude to Jesus for petitioning on my behalf and sustaining me through my health journey. Additionally, thanking Him for my loving and supportive husband; our children, spiritual mothers and family members and siblings in Christ who check-up on me via texts, e-mails and phone calls. I thank Him for you, fellow bloggers, for checking on me, offering prayers and accepting me into this wonderful blogging community.
Satan tries to move me from the love of God due to my health, but by His grace and my faith, I am still standing and remaining in the arms of the Lord without fear of my earthly future. I share my story to encourage others to endure despite difficulties navigating with many uncertainties. It behooves us to make godly decisions about our health, life and most importantly, the fate of our soul.
Conclusion, ending with answering a fellow blogger’s question received this morning. My medical diagnoses are Chronic Kidney Disease, Stage 2, and Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance; these two conditions do not usually cause symptoms and are found by chance through blood work; however, my discoveries were by divine intervention. I also suffer with peripheral neuropathy in my feet, chronic iron deficiency anemia, occasional migraines, hands numbness and tingling, chronic back pain (temporary relief with spine injections), bruxism (teeth grinding), injured neck, recurring carpal tunnel syndrome, gamekeeper thumb, concussion, right shoulder rotator cuff tear and a compromised immune system. Since 2009, I had approximately fifteen surgeries with the major one being on my back, also spent approximately three years in physical therapy. This week, I was diagnosed with Vitreous Degeneration in eyes and a small vitreous detachment in right eye and a small hole in retina.
What about you? Are you willing to turn it over to God? If not, what is hindering you from the opportunity to live a life in Christ?
“No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience.” Eric Greitens