blessing, choosing, colds, doctors, sickness, weakness


Despite my hand washing routine, it happened. I got the worst cold I’ve had in a long time.

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The doctor said it will last three weeks. Should I have rebuked him in the doctor’s office? “Get behind me Satan! I’m not going to be sick for three weeks! I’ve got too much to do!”

I didn’t rebuke him but rather limped home, crawled into bed (nudging the cat out of the way), and slept. For about thirty minutes. I tossed and turned for another hour until I couldn’t stand it anymore. It seemed the longer I lay there, the worse I felt. I got up and made my way to the kitchen for water, pineapple, and a new determination to ride this cold with strength.

I know some sicknesses don’t allow you to get out of bed, some of you reading this are fighting life-long battles, and this is harder. I am praying for you.

But for me, the lesson learned was that I felt worse laying in my bed. It made me feel sorry for myself. I felt better when I got up and got a few things accomplished. (Plus I took some cold medicine to help take the edge off.)

I know, I know…I’m going to take it easy, but I’m not going to stop living ’cause when I do, I feel worse. The aches are stronger. My head hurts worse. I feel better when I live through the pain.

Every day we have a choice. Some days the choice is easier and clearer to make than others. We can choose to be defeated or to live. This lesson goes across the board of life in all circumstances. Rocky marriages. Sickness. Difficult jobs. Tough relationships. Grief.

I know it is different for each of us, but I just want to encourage us to choose life today if we’re tempted to live defeated– even if the diagnosis was just three weeks with a bad cold. I don’t want to be defeated for any amount of time, nor do I want you to be. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world!

Challenge: Be a blessing to somebody today! And remember to wash your hands!

Have you had a moment when you chose to live? Tell us about it!

Much grace and peace,

….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 (2 Cor. 12:9).

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