Have you ever heard that still small voice of God asking something of you that felt impossible?
Throughout my journey with Chronic Illness, every time that I have wanted to curl up in my safe corner and stay hidden away, Jesus has called me to open my heart and be honest in the sharing of how HE meets me in my weakest places. Starting this blog, working on writing projects with my dear friend Anna Smit, and working on writing projects with my dear friend Ifeoma Samuel are some of those places where the strength of Jesus has overwhelmed me in my weaknesses.
Over this past summer, when my pain levels were at some of the highest points in this journey, my sweet friends at Chronic Joy Ministry, Pamela Piquette, and Cindee Snider Re, asked if I might be willing to share some prayers with the newly opened “Prayer Pond” section on their website. Through that process of opening my heart and writing down the prayers that were actually my own heart’s cries from the midst of the pain, the Lord began stirring in my heart to come alongside, to join in the compassion that is so evident through the ministry of Chronic Joy.
So when Pamela and Cindee asked me to pray about making the connection there official, I knew that the Lord had already been providing the answer in my heart. My own stubborn ways wanted to resist, to say that I could not handle the load now, to say that I wanted to be well, not to be talking about illness. And yet, the heart of Jesus had already overwhelmed my heart with love for those who walk the same kind of path that I do: a path that is strewn with thorns and rocks, and yet a path where Jesus lifts our feet over every treacherous obstacle and keeps our feet from stumbling.
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 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
I would love for you to join me over at the website of Chronic Joy Ministry, to read more about my story and the connection with them, and to hear about the beautiful new way of sharing together at the Prayer Pond.
And then come back here to read about a giveaway I am offering here this week!
Chronic Joy Ministry has given me a book to be able to donate through a giveaway here today. It is the first book in their “Thrive” series, Discovering Hope, written by Cindee Snider Re. I have offered this book in a giveaway here a few times before, and I am so glad to offer it again. All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment here, and I will draw a name at random this coming weekend, and announce the winner here next week. **This giveaway is closed now. Congratulations to Melissa Hendersen for winning the copy of Discovering Hope!
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