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Mockingbird
06-05-2006, 04:18 AM
A good friend brought this cripture to my attention recently. I never really noticed it before, but it really is an excellent scripture, and I thought I'd share it. <div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote>To keep me from being conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to toment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10</end quote></div>

I know for all of us on this site, a huge thorn is cystic fibrosis, whether we have it ourselves or we have loved ones with it. I am sometimes asked how I am able to keep my faith in God when I am faced with this illness. It was really only within this past year that I realized it is not in spite of cystic fibrosis, but because of it. As one of my favorite scriptures says, <div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote>We do not want you to be misinformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ablility to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9</end quote></div>

My weakness makes me humble, and it is because of it I realize I cannot be the heroes which I see in the movies and on TV, nor can I be the great philosopher with sufficient wisdom and knowledge so as to bring peace and happiness to the Earth. Indeed, on my own, I cannot bring peace and happiness to my own self, nor save my own life, so how could I possibly do those things for anyone else? It is only through God we can do these things and so much more.

There was a time when I believed my success lie in defeating CF, in fighting it with every core of my being. Even then I knew I could not defeat it, but I believed by fighting hard enough I could somehow prove myself, or something. In this past year however, I have come to see that by struggling with CF I was struggling against God. It is not His will I should defeat my CF, for he most likely has much more important things planned for me; things that involve not this world, but the next. By accepting CF, by subbmitting to His will, He lends me His strength, and only then am I able to move mountains!

Anyway, this is just what I have been learning lately, and I have found it very powerful. Perhaps not everyone will find it as powerful as I do, but I hope so.

kayleesgrandma
06-05-2006, 08:34 AM
...we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus... You have already defeated cf by accepting His Grace. And--"where two or more are gathered in His name..."--we will keep praying for a cure. Thank you for your conviction.

Mockingbird
06-06-2006, 12:18 AM
More scripture. =-)

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote>Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent His rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son He delights in.
Proverbs 3:5-12</end quote></div>

<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote>Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet," so the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hebrews 12:7-13</end quote></div>

charlielima
06-06-2006, 12:59 AM
The 2 Corinthians verse is one of my favorites because it is always a great reminder that we can't do anything on our own. We are too weak. Only through God's power are we able to live. I know for my sister Jennie, her faith was the most important thing. Shortly before she died the only thing she was worried about was us, her family. She knew where she was going. She was tired of fighting CF and was looking forward to being in Heaven with her Father and know that she would no longer have to fight CF. CF has been placed in each of our lives for a reason. Some would see it as a reason to give up, but others see it as a reason to grow strong. God will use the CF and all that has been learned over the years to touch many people in our lives. I know for me it already has and continues to touch lives every day.

Mockingbird
06-17-2006, 05:47 AM
I wrote this for a non-cf site, but it is related to this, as well, and I mention CF in it. =-)

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"It would be a mistake for me to think, because I have faith in God, that I would never have to struggle. This past week has been sufficiently reminding me of that. It is ironic, because my work has just finally hired someone to take some of the workload off my shoulders. She started training just this Monday, and if all goes well, she should be able to take over next week. In other words, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! However, cystic fibrosis can carry with itself many aches and pains , and for the past few days I have been feeling it in several places at once. Added to that were some unforeseen complications at work, and the result is one of the worst weeks I have had in quite a while.

It seems cruel that I should be struck down when I am so close to relief. In the past, I would be very bitter and angry at my affliction, I would even turn my back on God for a while, feeling betrayed and indignant. How selfish I am! For 24 years, God has stood with me patiently though I have shown nothing but lack of faith, a heart full of sin, and even at times utter contempt for Him. Do I have any right to complain after only a few days?

"You have said in my hearing-- I have heard the very words-- 'I am pure without sin; I am clean and free from guilt. Yet God has found fault with me; He considers me His enemy. He fastens my feet in shackles; He keeps close watch on my paths.'
"But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than man. Why do you complain to Him that He answers none of man's words? For God does speak - now one way, now another - though man may not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn man from wrongdoing and keep Him from pride, to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword. Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress
in his bones, so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal. His flesh wastes away to nothing and his bones, once hidden, now stick out. His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
"Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him, to be gracious to him and say, 'Spare him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom for him - then his flesh is renewed like a child's; it is restored as in the days of youth. He prays to God and finds favor with Him, he sees God's face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. Then he comes to men and says, 'I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved. He redeemed my soul from going down into
the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.
"God does all these things to a man - twice, even three times - to turn back his soul from the pit, that the light of life may shine on him."
Job 33:8-30

I have not suffered nearly as much as Job, but Elihu's words speak to us all. As we walk the path of life, we cannot see what is around the next turn, or over the next hill, but God can see everything from his position in the sky. He knows what we will need to be prepared for, and exactly how to prepare us; we only need to trust Him that He knows what is best for us.

anonymous
06-17-2006, 05:51 PM
As we walk the path of life, we cannot see what is around the next turn, or over the next hill, but God can see everything from his position in the sky. He knows what we will need to be prepared for, and exactly how to prepare us; we only need to trust Him that He knows what is best for us.

Jem
06-17-2006, 05:55 PM
<b>As we walk the path of life, we cannot see what is around the next turn, or over the next hill, but God can see everything from his position in the sky. He knows what we will need to be prepared for, and exactly how to prepare us; we only need to trust Him that He knows what is best for us. </b>


These are words to live by. Thank you Mockingbird for the reflection.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border="0">

JennifersHope
06-23-2006, 04:00 AM
WOW THIS IS GREAT,,, I ALWAYS FORGET TO READ ON HERE . MOCKENBIRD YOU SHOULD HAVE DAILY LESSON/THOUGHTS FOR US TO READ THEY ARE REALLY AWESOME..

jENNIFER

Mockingbird
06-24-2006, 03:50 AM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>JennifersHope</b></i>
WOW THIS IS GREAT,,, I ALWAYS FORGET TO READ ON HERE . MOCKENBIRD YOU SHOULD HAVE DAILY LESSON/THOUGHTS FOR US TO READ THEY ARE REALLY AWESOME..
jENNIFER</end quote></div>

Erm, well I have a MYSpace thing I've been doing lately. Some of the stuff I post on here is just copies of that stuff.

<a target=_blank class=ftalternatingbarlinklarge href="http://blog.myspace.com/32643492">http://blog.myspace.com/32643492</a>