… you can do hard things.
AND you can rest and be still.
You don’t have to choose which one to be. You can do both and still remain a warrior.
This weekend I was reminded of this while resting, essentially succumbing to a terrible migraine. If you know me you know I’m a fighter. I have that warrior spirit. I go, I push, I strive, I keep perspective, and very rarely give in to my chronic symptoms from Lyme disease.
But you know what? I am still human. And some days my symptoms overpower my spirit and I’m learning that that is still okay. I can rest. I can be still. I can allow my body to do the fighting and my spirit to rest as I come through a hard flare up. I don’t have to fight, fight, fight all of the time. I can rest and still be a warrior. All warriors need to rest or they’ll burn out.
I find that when I do allow my body to do what it wants to do, and I just let it go, let it be, I can hear from God even better than when I’m powering through. He whispers so gently to me in my moments of grief, sorrow, and sickness. And I hear Him, well, clear, and He comforts me.
I’d love to encourage you with a few scriptures on strength through God, in God, and with God during hard times, tough journey’s, hard battles.
5 Scriptures of finding Strength in God
1.Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
2. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him! Exodus 15:2
3. Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26: 3-4
4. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29
5. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
May you find strength in Him, may you find that He carries you through and that you can rest, should rest, and be still, heal, allow your body to recover from the bad flare-up of pain or disease, and lay down the warrior/fighter battle for a moment and let God take the reigns again so you can live to warrior on another day!
Are you someone who loves somebody fighting a chronic illness and you’d like to support them but aren’t sure of the “right” words? I have an ever-growing digital card library for sale on my Etsy shop with special words and scriptures for someone fighting a hard battle. One of the newest cards is this beautiful watercolor landscape I painted with the words:
Mountains or Valleys, He’s with you all the way.
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