Hope for Chronic Pain

Hang gliding for my 38th birthday - Lookout Mountain, TN.  Literally being lifted up by thermal currents.
Hang gliding for my 38th birthday – Lookout Mountain, TN. Literally being lifted up by thermal currents.

The moment captured in this photo was because of a deep desire in my heart to know what it feels like to rise up as on eagles wings.  Little did I know at the time how my Heavenly Father would use this experience over and over to teach me about about hope and faith, for you see every time I am faced with the choice to hope or not to hope, it is another flying lesson for me.  Will I cling to what feels familiar and safe or will I choose to hope and to step out in faith into the unknown or unseen so that He can lift me up with His Holy Spirit as on eagles wings teaching me to fly.

In 1998 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I in no way believe that my Heavenly Father made me sick.  Why would he do such a thing when He allowed His only Son to offer Himself as a sacrifice to accomplish my healing (1 Peter 2:24)?  No, John 10:10 tells me exactly where this disorder comes from “The enemy comes only to steal, kill and destroy.  I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” I can with all honesty tell you that what the enemy purposed to destroy me, my Heavenly Father who makes the impossible, possible (Mark 10:27) has turned to His good purpose (Genesis 50:20).

I would not go back to life before Fibromyalgia, even if I could, because of all the healing I have experienced  physically, emotionally and spiritually since 1998.  Surprised?  Me too.  My life does not look like I would have fashioned it, and oh how thankful I am for that because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.  🙂

Just because I don’t want to go back, doesn’t mean I don’t pray and look forward to being healed completely and apprehending completely the freedom Jesus died to purchase for me (Galatians 5:1),  The compilation of posts below shares how unconditional hope shapes my life in the midst of chronic pain.

Does God really love me if I am chronically ill?
Reality check
I’ve Not Been Myself Recently

Does Patience Make You See Red
The Trap
Like A Rock

My Enemy or My Child
Who Is This Christmas Gift?
Wrong thing … right reasons
Where is God misbehaving?
My Cocoon Doesn’t Fit Any More
Prove or Accept?
Our living hope
Living Courageously
Your super-sized portion
God’s Destroyer
Pursue, Overtake, Recover All

Beware of the measuring stick
Hope that does not disappoint
What are you missing?
By Our Love
How do you say “I love you”?
When the hits keep on coming

What’s your fuel?
Surprised to discover being a refugee is a very good thing
My rainbow shield

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