I’m hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing, and mountain air.
Psalm 69:29 MSG
Happy Thursday. Remember to forgive others and yourself.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking before a local civic organization and a very nice lady spoke out about how our City, in this case meaning me, should do more to hold on to new businesses just starting out. I explained that I have featured the new businesses on our city’s website, and before I could continue she cut in and said “who reads a website, you need to send flyers home with the children at the schools”. While this is a good idea that I have not disregarded, with summer upon us God led me in a different direction.
After selling my boss on my God inspired idea, which is in addition to my other duties, I called the newspaper and asked if I could interview new business owners and submit articles for publication. It was almost too easy to get the official yes. So, three weeks ago, my first three articles appeared. Since then, I have had six more articles published. This week the competing newspaper requested I send my articles to them as well. I was excited that they would be interested. Along the way, I realized how much I enjoy this new assignment added to my already long list of duties. I’ve been staying later than usual and enjoying listening to the stories and helping the business owners.
Over the past six months the enemy has been using Rheumatoid Arthritis to beat me up. While I know I am healed by Jesus’ stripes, I am still tackling the physical and emotional symptoms. My biologic treatment that was working in the past doesn’t work anymore. It lowers my white count too low. So, I’ve tried a couple of different treatments. The one I’m taking now requires a daily injection, and it is the last available treatment option. Most of the time people can’t see my symptoms, but lately it has been obvious. My eyes look like they are bleeding and I’m not able to physically do what others are doing. It’s so embarrassing, and I want to keep up physically. The more good I do, the more I feel like the enemy attacks me. However, the more I’m busy helping other people, the less I notice.
I share this for my readers who are tackling physical and emotional pain. Don’t give up. We all have a lot of work to do. So, don’t let anything stop you from your calling. Every person can and does make a difference.
Have a great day! God bless you.