Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 11.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 11
Author: Danette Spiers
“This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 (HSCB)
Through God’s word and faithfulness, I have grasped a much better understanding of how the hardships I face daily have a bigger purpose than me. The disease that has limited my ability to walk is a big part of my story, but not as big as what God is doing in my life. I have moved from a state of anger and sadness into a state of joy.
My muscles began to deteriorate in grade school. I remember walking to class by myself, suddenly losing my footing, and falling to the ground so hard I wanted to cry. I got up as quickly as possible, so no one would see. I walked into class as if I was fine; bloody knees and all.
This was really the beginning of a physical and emotional battle.
I know that God never planned for me to live with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. But, through my experiences as a disabled person, I can share the power of God. However, there is a choice that has to be made in order to do this. I have to decide every day whether I am going to give power to the disease or trust God.
What I am learning now is that when I depend on God, what feels impossible becomes possible. I stood stuck in the parallel bars a few months ago and let my thoughts take over to the point that I could not let go to turn around. I was so mad at myself! I knew I could do it, but I let fear control me. There was no doubt in my mind that my therapist would put me back in those bars on my next appointment. This time, I called on Jesus to help me, and I was able to make multiple turns. These are the moments I have a chance to show others His glory through me.
When I truly depend on Him, I can stand tall, literally. When I seek Him, I become confident that what makes me different is special. When I trust Him, I can be myself and smile without worry. This is the glory of God.
I challenge us a church to connect with others and share what God is doing in our lives. God is helping each of us in unique ways. If we can learn to be more open and see beyond ourselves, God’s glory can shine through for others to see.
Elevate Church in Santa Clarita is passionate about helping the community connect with God in a real way by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Santa Clarita church focuses on providing the community with practical principles for daily living based on Biblical teachings.
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