"Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid nor dismayed for the Lord is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
My migraine history has always been harder on my husband than on me. He doesn't understand why the Lord won't heal a busy mother's chronic head pain. I've mostly felt helpless about my husband's frustration with them, not wishing to be the cause of one of his burdens.
But they're getting worse, sometimes lasting 3 to 5 days, and the over-the-counter pain relievers aren't as effective. Despair does come to me at times now; I want to be free of medication and pain.
This morning, four days into a headache, I needed a verse I could clutch tightly to my heart. A verse that would strengthen and give hope.
The Lord isn't providing physical healing, no. But I feel this: His presence. These life-giving words from Joshua couldn't be more perfect. The Lord is with me wherever I go. Even to the throbbing places.
I can be strong and of good courage because I am not alone.
Where do fear and dismay come from? From a lonely, powerless place.
But we are never powerless or alone. There is always His presence, His Word.
Powerlessness and loneliness? They are perceptions. Deceptions.
I won't fall. I won't go there.
I will give thanks for my companion, The God of The Universe. There's no greater gift than Him.
A migraine suddenly seems...insignificant. And come to think of it, the throbbing is a bit less now, too.
Dear Lord, thank you for these gifts:
~ A husband who loves me and cares about my comfort.
~ A husband who prays for me.
~ Rain on the crops yesterday.
~ Paul's commitment to reading the Bible daily. Peter needs more reminders, but Paul is self-driven in this. Praise the Lord!
~ Just when I think I can't minister to Lexi, our troubled neighborhood friend, any longer, God provides rest. For several days she hasn't come. This has happened before when I've felt overwhelmed with her issues. Suddenly, she quit coming. When she showed up again, I was rested and ready to love on her again. God is amazing!
~ No-melt suet on the tree, ready for woodpeckers and nuthatches.
~ Delicious sweet corn from the farm down the street, as always. I don't know how they did it this year with drought conditions, but the corn is superb. The kernels aren't as plump, but the taste is the same.
~ My on-line friendships
~ Husband's incision looks very good. Fully healed; he want back to work today. Both jobs decided to pay him for his time off, just because he's such a good employee. He's very well liked in both places. Since he's part-time in both places, they didn't have to pay him. Thank you, Lord.
~ Yesterday when I was in the throes of migraine, Beth got very fussy. I asked Paul to bake cookies with her to help distract her, and it worked like a charm.
What are you thankful for today?
Linking with Ann this week.