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IIWK ’16: The Questions

I have chosen something ambitious, crazy, and therapeutic to do. Invisible Illness Week begins tomorrow! Initially, my goal was to set aside seven daily posts – to help shed some light on invisible illness, my struggles, and what has helped me. Sounds good, right?

… But, sometimes, plans change.

While I am still pursuing ideas and blog posts related to invisible illness, I am going to refrain from the daily posts on this particular blog. Here’s why –

I want to try and blog on invisible illness much more often. Originally, the idea was to blog on it for a month, but I created a free space to talk about the high’s and low’s of chronic illnesses.

A while back, I made a promise to not send more than one blog post per a day. There have been exceptions to this rule of thumb, at times. So, this was my initial reason to make a separate blog for talk chronic illness.

The new blog series is still comn. It just might last much longer than a month. My list of questions is long, a lot of much needed questions arising to the surface. There is soo much about invisible illness that is left in the dark. Friends, we have to talk ab struggles of invisible illness. We have to be able to talk freely about it.

Otherwise, how do we expect to find support and win the battle against our enemy – chronic illness?

So, I am making this challenging adventure separate from what I do on Gracefully Overcoming. It is the same author. The same me. Just sharing a bit more about my life with invisible illness – for those who want to see how I tackle those things  and use it as an opportunity to allow my faith to be stretched – too.

So, meet me over at “Chronically Overcoming” to join me for this journey! But, before I let you go… I need to ask you a HUGE favor!

I am currently compiling a list of questions to answer on a regular basis, and the answers will be shared along with any insight, struggles, hope, joy, sadness, tears, grief, etc, that I have to offer up too.

But, I need something from you- my friend!

Comment Below with a question about…

Invisible illness.

My struggles.

How my faith plays a role in my health issues.

 

… Anything you want.

You can also email your questions directly to me at gracefully.overcoming@gmail.com. I am on a break from social media for the month of October, so please refrain from sending over any questions using those avenues. I would hate to miss your question//message!

Pray for me. I am looking forward to seeing what God decides to do in my life, during this season.

~ Stacey

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Pilgrimage to Easter Scriptures Examined

Isaiah 53:4a – Allowing Him to Carry Your Burdens

In the Interlinear Bible, we find these words from Isaiah 53:4a (if you click the highlighted word, it will take you to its meaning in the original language).

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried;

My paraphrase based on the definitions:

In fact our afflictions (grief, illnesses, and sicknesses)
He Himself carried (to be swept away). And our mental
and physical pain He willingly made His burden.

The words used for “bore” and “carried” are two very different terms.

  • Nasa’ is the word used for “bore”, which means:
    1. to take, take away, carry off, forgive
      1. to cause one to bear (iniquity)
  • Cabal is the word used for “carried” a few words later. It is defined as: “to make oneself a burden, drag oneself along”.

All of our burdens carried for us.
Every. Single. One.

We need to acknowledge what has been done on our behalf. This is what Jesus has done for us through the cross. God has sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for every weight and sin we have been weighed down by and has kept us from seeking God. We each have turned to our own way. He came for us. That’s how big God’s love for us is.

The greatest act of love has already been accomplished. It was accomplished the moment Jesus said “it is finished” and the veil was torn through His death on the cross… The veil reveals that wall that separated us from God – is gone. Our debt has been paid in full through the blood of Jesus Christ.

God shows His power.
We are His, and are dearly loved by the Father!

He longs for us to give Him our every burden to carry. He longs for us to just ask: “Lord, please help me.” We don’t have to carry the heavy loads we have been carrying. He wants to help us. We have been given full access to our Creator. He longs to help us and give us the Peace only He can give

Won’t we give Him our burdens? It begins with prayer. Talk with God about what’s going on and the struggles you are facing.

Reflection Activities:

  1. Meditate on these few, but significant words of this Scripture.
    But he ·took [bore] our suffering on him and ·felt our pain for us [carried our sorrows/sickness].
  2. What is weighing down your heart?
  3. Are you willingly talking to your Savior Jesus about it, and let Him lead?
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The Overcomer Life

Prayer: To Be Saturated

I planned to get to into the Word through my reading plan yesterday. Plan: epic fail. Today? New day, today. I may be behind, but more important to be in the Word, to be present in the Word, to enjoy my time in the Word. To be saturated in the Word. Just me and God. The desire to be in the Word may not come so naturally on a day like today. Day when I am preparing to go out into the world, and do stuff. Feelings of rushing come naturally. Preparations, I must make. Aching wrist (no longer aching after time in the Word. How awesome is that?!?). Anyway, I am here. I am enjoying the stillness of the world around me (empty house), and ready to just be here.

I am not the only one with this struggle. Paul had it too. In some ways, there’s comfort in that. I am not alone. Paul knew the struggle to. In the book of Romans, Paul wrote: “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate (vs. 15).” Paul battled the same struggle that I, and many others, do. The struggle between what I ought to do, and what I find myself doing. The physical part of illness can get in the way of my quiet time a lot more than I wish it would.

We are called to prepare ourselves for action, revamping our thoughts- only way to change our habits and help us get into the Word, and we need to be renewed. Being  renewed comes from being with God, and it happens as we spend time with the Lord. This is where the saturation process begins. I need to be saturated. So, I want to take little steps to get in the Word and surround myself with the Lord: listening to praise music and fellowshipping with other Christians is a big part of this saturation process.

Lord, forgive me for choosing things other than You. Cleanse me like only You can do. Lord, help me. Help me to want the things that You want for me. You know the ultimate good. You know the crummy things that I settle for, the things that leave me feeling empty. Help me to be saturated in Your Word. Help me to desire to be deeper in Your Word. Give me a deeper understanding for Your Word, and my need for You alone! I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Few other Bible verses that are important on this subject for those who are interested:

Romans 12:2

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

“But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Colossians 3:16

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.”