Blessings In The Midst of a Fibro Flare

This week was rough with a flare up of my Fibromyalgia. Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday were particularly rough days with pain and fatigue. But there were blessings especially Thursday evening.

Living with chronic illness presents me with a choice. I can choose to focus on the chronic illnesses I have or I can focus on Jesus. By focusing on Jesus, it holds off the darkness of depression that can accompany chronic illness. I love the passage in Hebrews 12 that says:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”.

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The last part- so that you will not grow weary and lose heart- means so much to me. If we lose heart, we can lose so much more. The pain that accompanies Fibromyalgia varies from day to day but it is ALWAYS there. That would make it easy to lose heart, but Jesus is also ALWAYS there for us.

By pushing through the flare up and not letting it keep me down, I experienced wonderful blessings yesterday evening. I went to the school where my morning Family Literacy class meets for open house. I was able to meet new prospective students and see current and former students. Just seeing them gave me a huge boost. Seeing my colleagues at the school was encouraging too. 🙂

This a photo of me in my classroom in early April. 😉

Wednesday evening it was seeing my students in my evening class. I love the energy of a classroom with students who want to learn English.

But the greatest blessing was Tuesday evening. During some time with the Lord, I felt his presence so deeply. As I prayed, it was one of those moments that he showed me many things. It reminded me of the passage in John 15:

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jesus lets us know his business. He show us things. What a blessing to have Jesus call us friend and let us know things.

The choice is ours as to what we focus on. My desire is to focus on Jesus even in the midst of a flare up.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

19 thoughts on “Blessings In The Midst of a Fibro Flare

  1. Professor Big Brother, you remain in my earnest prayers regarding the pain. Every now and again I think of you and lift you up before our Father. Thank you for being an example of how we go about focusing on the things and the ONE who is eternal. Though this outward body is perishing away, the inner man is being renewed. Love you much big brother ❤️

  2. That’s a handsome picture of you big brother. I’m thankful you were able to keep going regardless of the flare up, and that God blessed you through it all. You’re an example of God’s continued faithfulness in our lives. I will keep you in prayer. ❤️😊

  3. He no longer calls us servants but friends. This is truly a blessing indeed. Keep holding on to the Lord because He is your strength. I pray that your weekend will be without pain.

  4. Oh Big Brother, you truly inspire me! ❤️

    Loved how you reminded me of God’s precious Word:

    “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”.

    Speaks volumes. So powerfully. I lift you to Our Heavenly Father in deepest love and gratitude ….. may you keep on pressing on ….. and fight the good fight of faith! HE IS ALWAYS BY YOUR SIDE! ❤️

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