In Others’ Words: Truthful
And even as I write those words, I want to back up, hit the “delete” key until that sentence disappears. Start again.
But I am determined to be honest . . . not to garner sympathy, although you all — yes, you, if you are reading this blog — are amazing encouragers.
I could go into the why of the discouragement. I am, after all, familiar with the circumstances of my life. And some of you are too. And some of you aren’t. But here’s the thing: For a kid who was nicknamed “Me too” (among other things) I’m not one for talking about myself.
Yeah, yeah. I’m hedging.
I think the months of back pain … and the trying to overcome it … and the trying to heal it … and the trying to be okay with it … and the trying to pray through it … and the trying to ignore it … and the trying to not be helpless and hopeless … all of it creates discouragement that lingers on the outskirts of my mind. And sometimes gets closer … close enough to stalk me.
And to be honest, sometimes I don’t fight back. I lay in the dark and think this is it … the way it’s always going to be … and I let the discouragement win.
But here’s the truth of it all: I am not a woman who wants to live in discouragement. I don’t want discouragement to take me down. I don’t want discouragement to determine my outlook.
So in light of where I am today … what truth changes my outlook? What truth shatters discouragement?
Nothing can separate me from the love of God. Nothing. Nothing. Not. A. Thing. (Romans 8:31-39)
And for now, that truth is enough.
In Your Words: What truth do you know that is enough in the tough times?
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