Heat and MS aren’t very compatible. So I need to stay in on hot days like this one. Miles came and pressure washed the driveway, and this strong high school student accomplished a lot despite the heat. I marvel that God has given him and others health and this kind of capacity physically. It’s been a long time since I could accomplish much on a hot day. Long ago, I felt restless at the necessity of staying inside in hot weather. Instead, today I felt a sense of anticipation, hoping that this block of time might allow me to continue making some progress on some writing I have been doing. A friend called and asked a question about grief, and what it meant when a woman prayed that they would ‘grieve fully.’ We had a good discussion about the nature of grief and things close to my friend’s heart today. We prayed for one another and I felt very thankful that God has prepared me to be able to minister to women and others who are hurting, both through my education and experiences. He is a Redeemer and loves each of us so tenderly. Sometimes God uses a phone call to confirm some direction or a need which He might like to address partly through things I can write about. I shared my recent intro with her about how Jesus ministers to us in those places of loss and grief, and what the Word says about grief. I pray God will use my writing to encourage and comfort her.
Sometimes living with limitations can be frustrating, and I look to God to help me. Lately God has confirmed that I can persevere by His power and grace, and that He desires me to run this race with endurance. How quickly I accomplish something isn’t the issue…only that I offer my efforts up as a sacrificial praise offering to Him. You see, I can’t do this without Him. I wouldn’t even try. But I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I believe He desires to redeem the things I’ve experienced for His glory. So, I will press on and trust Him with the timing and outcome.