Catching up with you again! Hope the surgery to remove abdominal granulomas went smoothly and that you are mostly healed from that now. The migraine just sounds awful--pain is bad enough, but when it gets to the constant nausea, it is very hard to bear, and makes us dependent on others to accomplish what we desire. Still, we fight to live, and the time you are investing in your children is precious to God, to them, and also to you.
How do we know what to pray in times of suffering like this? Since you have given me the Word in my times of need, I share a few treasures with you now:I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
(Rom 8.18-28)Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
Finally...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Paul asked the Lord to remove his "thorn in the flesh"... 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. (2 Cor 12.9)
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3.13-14)We live by faith, not by sight.
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him
, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
(2 Cor 5.7-9)
Debby, I will continue to pray for you. Suffering is limited to this life, and we will be delivered when He extends His hands to us. Love you, my sister in Christ and fellow sarcee warrior.