Not giving in to despair…

Halfway through radiation and I am starting to struggle with fatigue.   From outward appearances it would appear I am just fine but it’s hard for me to write and gather my thoughts at times.

This morning I was able to share a very important lesson with my daughter.  In response to what I thought was a moment of encouragement, I was told “but that’s you” when referring to strength and overcoming storms in my life.  As if I was born strong.  When in reality strength is learned and something we build up.  In fact being strong is hard work.

Since I was a young girl I have witness my family work hard.  Despite the circumstances, whether we found ourselves on a mountaintop or in a valley there was always one constant in our home, work.  But work is not limited to employment.

In Genesis 2 it states that God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to take care of it.  In Proverbs 14:23 it states that hard work brings a profit and mere talk leads to poverty.  In Proverbs 12:11, it states “the desires of the diligent are satisfied” while in 2 Tim 2:6 it talks about “the hardworking farmer is the first to receive his share of the crops”.  God will bless the work of our hands but in order for that to happen we need to put our hands to the plow.

Now why is work important when facing hardship?  Well we can’t fight a battle laying down.  That would be giving in to despair.  The bible states in Ephesians 6:11 that we are to “put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against…”

In addition to stating we are to “put on” the armor of God, it tells us to also take up and stand firm in subsequent verses.  Clearly, there is a responsibility on our part to take action.  Even the humble, yet impactful and life changing act of praying requires work on our part.

What are you standing against?  Whatever it is I pray you find yourself taking a stand against it.  Stand with me in prayer, putting on the armor of God and standing firm in His promises.  Storms never last forever and sometimes it takes a lot of work just to hold on for dear life but we can do it.  

As of today I have 14 radiation treatments left.   Just a little more to go…

2 thoughts on “Not giving in to despair…

  1. Wow, this was really beautiful & full of practical instruction. Thku, so much for sharing. May the Lord strengthen you and keep you in His perfect peace.


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