Jesus on the cross

I’ve reached a point I never thought I could or would. I’m beginning to thank God for my pain. Even as nerve pain continues to radiate through my body I just can’t deny what I’m sensing and seeing. God is using my pain for my good, the good of others, and for His glory. Once you see God using even your deepest pain it’s hard to not celebrate what God is doing. I still don’t like any of it, but I’m finding so much joy in the midst of it.

Personally, my prayer life is reaching a height never before possible. I find myself living in constant pursuit of God not just when I need something, but because I know He is still at work. I’ve become so much more aware of His presence and I’m learning what it means to truly have peace even beyond your circumstance. God is drawing me closer as I’m learning to release total control of my life to Him. In fact, I’m learning how to trust that God is totally in control.

On top of the richness God is bringing within me He is doing such a great work around me. My struggle keeps creating a bridge of opportunity. One, I’m able to display to others that God can and will hold us together even in the midst of utter chaos. Two, I’m able to identify with the struggles of those around me in a way I could not before. And, finally I’m hearing testimony after testimony of how God is using my pain to encourage others in the midst of their pain.

How can I not celebrate the good God is doing? Even when things feel so bad I find such joy in knowing that God is working miracles. I’m finally learning what it means to take joy in your trials because you know that God is developing you and others through it. Let’s just admit it that apart from crisis most of us never find our way to the foot of the cross. Thank you God for allowing me to suffer in a way that can bring you such glory. Thank you for all You have done, are doing, and will do despite the suffering we face in this world.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory.”                         (1 Peter 4:12-13)


  1. So very true, my friend, well said! Praying for you & Aimee, and sons! God WILL NOT give you more than He will enable you to bear it! Let’s try together on one of your visits this way!


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