Suffering is Like the Little Sheepdog…

 

“Suffering is like the little sheepdog that runs at your heels to get you to run into the loving arms of your Shepherd” —Joni Eareckson Tada
 

 

Isa 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us, we long for you.  Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort,

2Co 1:4  He comforts us in all our trouble, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in every trouble, through the comfort with which   

               we ourselves are comforted by God.

 
 
 
 
 
This song, “Blessing in the Thorn”, really ministered to me this morning.  It’s short: check it out.  It’s a treasure I think you guys will appreciate too.    Thank you, Verona for mentioning it to me.
 
 
 
Another dear friend shared this with me in an email and with her permission, I thought it would be a blessing to others too:
 
I brought a biography of Joni Eareckson Tada to read while here…called The God I Love…some things that I wrote down may give you food for thought during the night also…”I need to be caught up in God’s thoughts about me, not my thoughts about Him.”
“Will I release myself to believe that the joy of the Lord is big enough to enrapture and enthrall me, despite my circumstances?  I may never accept my situation (her paralysis), but I CAN embrace God.  I can embrace Him as I think of His greater affliction.  And as I embrace Him I can’t but help to love His will.  I have faith not in my ability to accept this situation, but faith to embrace Christ, to trust Him BECAUSE of my problems.” 
“God permits things He hates to accomplish something He loves.”  (the latter being my growing in my need of Him)”
 
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I am interviewing myself this morning  😉 –talking my thoughts aloud on paper and thinking them through. 
 
So far the new pain medicines (oral and topical) I’ve taken the last three days  for the disrupted arm nerves has done nothing for the pain.  The oral medication can be increased but I am hesitant due to the unsteadiness on my feet that it has caused.
 
Will I trust the One Who is totally able to remove the cancer and heal my nerves and take away the pain in my arm in a blink of the eye but has chosen not to do that so far? 
Yes. 
 
How about if it’s permanent and I continue to constantly feel like I have either an inflated BP cuff or a tourniquet on my arm the rest of my life? How about if the cancer takes over completely despite all we do?  How about if a lot of suffering is yet ahead and it does not quit?
Those things may or may not happen but I will CHOOSE to trust God through it all.  God is in control and in charge of everything He brings into my life.  I might not understand it but it is for some good purpose of His.  I will cling to His Word. I am His child.  He will never leave me or forsake me.  He makes no mistakes.  His grace is sufficient and He will give me all the grace I need.
 
Who is in control?
God is.
 
He’s in charge of this entire mess?  The aggressive cancer, the pain, the treatment that leaves me feeling so terrible?  What’s the point, Paula?
I sure do not understand how all this works, but obviously God has allowed all these things for some good purpose.  He is the One that promises in His Word that He makes ALL THINGS work together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.  It’s not up to me to figure everything out, just walk closely with Him.
 
Some things that I know to be true:
 
 
Who I Am In Christ

Biblical Truths to “Practice Believing”

I AM GOD’S…

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possession Genesis 17:8/ 1Cor 6:20

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child John 1:12

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workmanship Ephesians 2:10

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friend James 2:23

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temple 1 Cor 3:16/ 6:16

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vessel 2 Timothy 2:2

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co-laborer 1 Timothy 5:18

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witness Acts 1:8

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soldier 2 Timothy 2:3

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ambassador 2 Cor 5:20

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building 1 Cor 3:9

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husbandry 1 Cor 3:9

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minister/instrument Acts 26:16 / 1 Tim 4:6

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chosen Ephesians 1:4

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beloved Romans 1:7/ 2 Thess 2:13

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precious jewel Malachi 3:17

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heritage 1 Peter 5:3I HAVE BEEN…

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redeemed by the blood Rev 5:9

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set free from sin /condemnation Rom 8:1-2

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set free from Satan’s control Col 1:13

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set free from Satan’s kingdom Eph 2

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chosen before foundation of world Eph 1:4

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predestined to be like Jesus Ephesians 1:11

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forgiven of all my trespasses Col 2:13

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washed in the blood of the Lamb Rev 1:5

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given a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7

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given the Holy Spirit 2 Cor 1:22

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adopted into God’s family Romans 8:15

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justified freely by his grace Romans 3:24

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given all things pertaining to life 2 Pet 1:3

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given great and precious promises 2 Pet 1:4

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given ministry of reconciliation 2 Cor 1:22

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authority over the power of enemy Lk 10:19

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access to God Ephesians 3:12

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been given wisdom Ephesians 1:8I AM…

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complete in him Colossians 2:10

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free forever from sin’s power Romans 6:14

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sanctified 1 Cor 6:11

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meet for the Master’s use 2 Timothy 2:21

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loved eternally 1 Peter 1:5 /

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eternally kept in the palm of his hand Jn 10:29

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kept from falling Jude 1:24

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kept by the power of God 1 Peter 1:5

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not condemned Romans 8:1-2

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one with the Lord 1 Cor 6:17

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on my way to heaven John 14:6

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quickened by his mighty power Eph 2:1

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seated in heavenly places Eph 1:3

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the head and not the tail Deut 28:13

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light in the darkness Matthew 5:14

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candle in a dark place Matthew 5:15

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city set on a hill Matthew 5:14

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salt of the earth Matthew 5:13

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his sheep Ps 23 / Psalms 100:3/ John 10:14

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a citizen of heaven 1 Peter 2:11

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hidden with Christ in God Psalms 32:7

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protected from the evil one 1 John 5:18

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kept by the power of God 1 Peter 1:5

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secure in Christ Jn 10:28-29

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set on a Rock Psalms 40:2

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more-than-a-conqueror Romans 8:37

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born again 1 Peter 1:23

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a victor 1 John 5:4

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healed by his strips Is 53:6

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covered by blood of Jesus Rev 12:11, 1 Pet 1:19

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sheltered under his wing Psalms 91:4

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hidden in secret place of the Almighty Ps 91:1I HAVE…

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access to the Father Romans 5:2

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a home in heaven waiting for me Jn 14:1-2

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all things in Christ 2 Cor 5:17

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a living hope 1 Peter 1:3

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an anchor to my soul Hebrews 6:19

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a hope that is sure and steadfast Heb 6:19

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authority to tread on serpents Luke 10:19

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power to witness Acts 1:8

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the tongue of the learned Isaiah 50:4

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the mind of Christ 1 Cor 2:16

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boldness and access Hebrews 10:19

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peace with God Romans 5:1

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faith as a grain of mustard seed Luke 17:6I CAN…

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do all things through Christ Philp 4:13

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find mercy and grace to help Heb 4:16

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come boldly to the throne of grace Heb 4:16

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quench all the firey darts Eph 6:16

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declare liberty to captives Isaiah 61:1

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pray always and everywhere Luke 21:36

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defeat (overcome) the enemy Rev 12:11

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tread Satan under foot Rom 16:20I CANNOT…

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be separated from God’s love Rom 8:35-39

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be perish or be lost John 10:28, John 3:16

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be moved Psalms 16:8

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be taken out of my Father’s hand John 10:29

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be charged or accused Romans 8:33

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be condemned 1 Cor 11:32

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