Happy Spiritual Thanksgiving Day!

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

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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

Author:

Christian Blogger, Wife of Minister Felton D. Woods, Mother and Grandmother

66 thoughts on “Happy Spiritual Thanksgiving Day!

    1. Craig, thank you for reading and reblogging. I follow your site and do not understand each time I visit your blog I am prompted to follow. It does that for a couple of people I follow so I follow again.

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      1. You must be persistent trying to follow me, Tangie – a few of my close friends say they don’t/won’t do that, otherwise they’ll end up in in a mental ward.
        All the best c
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        “Not everyone (many) will understand your journey…”

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  1. What a blessing you are to so many and myself included. My pain is not physical or mental but just missing one Prodigal son and a grandson I have not been allowed to see now for the last six years. Thank you for your article and I am forever thankful to God for all his blessings I do have. Even our suffering and sadness helps us to grow more and more dependent on HIM ALONE!

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing comments. I am so sorry to hear about your son and grandson. Indeed our suffering and sadness help us to grow and deepen our dependence on HIM ALONE.

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  2. Amen Tangie. Continue to press and do the will of our Father. Wow you are a walking testament to the will of the Father going forward despite all. But I am reminded of the passage in 1 Peter 5:10, “that the God of all Grace after we have suffered a little while he will restore, support and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to Him amen!!”

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I pray my Holy Spirit inspired personal medical journey encourages, inspires and blesses others, especially those who are experiencing same or similar health conditions. It can definitely play the mind if you lose hope and faith. You are definitely right He is doing great things to bring glory to who He is. Blessings…

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  3. You are an amazing and strong woman who is inspiring so many others by sharing this – God is definitely smiling and so proud. He chose you to show us. I will keep you in my prayers. xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts on this message. It took encouragement from my husband, spiritual mothers and friend, the late Ruth Williams, to get out of my comfort zone and write about my experience and feelings. For years, I needed another outlet with others who could truly relate to my health journey. I also wanted to encourage others as well as being encouraged. I am so happy that I started blogging, and bloggers in our community have been nothing but amazing and I enjoy interacting with everyone. I appreciate your prayers and you. Blessings.

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  4. You are a very strong woman. God bless you. The God we serve will heal and deliver you from every afflictions of the devil because Jesus is the greatest physician and he is more than able to do what no man can do. Once again, you are blessed.

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    1. You are welcome and thanks for reading and commenting. I am thankful to the Lord that it was inspiring to you. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12: 8-11

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    1. Thank you for reading Dolly. I appreciate your feedback and agree that devotion and quiet time with the Lord are imperative. We serve a GREAT God, King of kings and Lord of lords. I am trying to let my light shine before others to glorify my Father in Heaven.

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  5. Thank you Mrs T., I am honored to feature in your blog😊
    You are truly fighting the good fight. The devil attacks and tries to distract people like you doing good for God’s kingdom, but God always works things together for good and for a greater testimony. Keep shining and being an inspiration. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be blessed!

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    1. You are welcome. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, I concur Satan is going to do what he does best to draw us away from the Lord. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I also pray for a speedy recovery for you and family. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” I Peter 5:7-11

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  6. Wow ….this has led me to transform myself into a better human being. No matter what we are going through in our lives, we need to stand firm and believe in his divinity. Allaha bless you.

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    1. I really appreciate you reading and commenting on this message. You are definitely right about remaining steadfast in the faith and not giving Satan control of our life and soul’s salvation. “Do not let the taste of the fruit cost you the taste of Heaven. — Tangie T. Woods

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  7. Tangie, what an inspiration! Your words are an encouragement. Your testimony reflects an amazing godly woman who chooses to keep her eyes focused on the Lord even as the enemy continually tries to drive a wedge. God bless! 💗

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    1. I appreciate you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I am blessed knowing you and others are inspired and encouraged by messages written by guidance of the Holy Spirit. I try hard to remain focused on my relationship with the Lord. Unfortunately, sometimes unwise past decisions tries to control my thoughts but thank God for His word returning my mind back to the blood dripping down the cross for the remissions of my sins. We must continue to flee from Satan. “If we don’t let the past die we cannot live in the present.” – Author Unknown

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    1. Thank you for reading and sharing your comment. Agree, we must do our best to care for the temple of the Holy Spirit with help from the greatest physician Dr. Jesus. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have receive from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20

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    1. Thank you for taking time to read and comment your encouraging words to me. “I” worked on another blog for a week that “I” wanted to share but it was not inspired by the Holy Spirit so “I” could never get it to flow. Notice I, I, and I; it is not about me. Finally, yesterday morning this message was inspired by the Holy Spirit to share after seeing a question from a fellow blogger. Everything in God’s timing…

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    1. I appreciate you reading and commenting; most importantly you being encouraged and inspired spiritually. I follow the Holy Spirit guidance on what to write so others are led to the SON light. The Lord has really been gracious to me on my health and spiritual journeys.

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  8. Tangie, I really don’t know what to say exactly! Hats-off to you for sharing your story and still being so grounded in Christ!

    Well, I just felt like this post wws written just for me to make me realise that the Lord is always there, whether one knows it or not.

    I don’t know how you’ve still kept faith. Though I know I am strong than many, I am also aware that I weaker than so many.

    Your story wrapped with the scriptures was really an eye opener. You owe all my respect!❤️ Stay blessed, Tangie.😇 You’re strong!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Your response is exactly why I follow the Holy Spirit guidance on what to write to make an impact on lives with all glory and praise to God. It definitely has not been an easy journey but if I can weather the storm in the arms of the Lord, so can others if they remain steadfast in faith. Encouragement goes along way in changing another person’s mindset.

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