I’ve been away from my blog on a spiritual retreat and getting help for the depression and anxiety I’ve felt on and off for many years.
It was time for me to face it, rather than deny it.
This is my last week at The Center – A Place of HOPE, where I have received wonderful care from my therapists, doctors, nutritionists and a host of new friends.
The best care has been given me by the One and Only who is acquainted with my sorrow – Jesus.
I have so much to tell you.
I hope you’ll come back to my blog in the coming days and weeks where I’ll share some of the amazing revelations I’ve had these past six weeks.
I have turned my trials to triumphs.
I have removed bitter roots and I see sprouts of new growth and a better life.
I have examined every area of my life, like peeling an onion layer by layer.
My faith has been tested and has produced the quality of endurance.
I have asked God for help and received answers to long ago prayers.
Suffering and pain got my attention. It got me to listen to God in a way nothing else could.
I have learned that adversity is the greatest teacher.
When I am weak, Christ is made strong.
My faith has been tested. It is precious to God. It is more precious than gold.
I am more dependent upon the Lord as I have learned to face and embrace adversity.
I am allowing the Holy Spirit to develop Christ’s character in me.
I have learned things by the way of suffering.
This testing of my faith has produced endurance. This endurance has produced perseverance.
I have been pruned.
I have been purified.
I have become better instead of bitter.
God’s grace has been my Divine Anesthetic.
I see the promises and blessings He has had for me all along. But the bitterness in my heart clouded my vision.
I can see clearly now, my pride is gone.
My hope and prayer for you, my friend. Is that you will be able to endure your painful trials and process them to effect real change.
May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Bless you with hope. If you don’t have any today, let me loan you some of mine. It is abundant in my heart this day.