Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hope In The Lord

It has been a rough week for me due to the herbal antibiotics I am taking causing a lot of die off of Lyme bacteria. This die off leaves behind toxins that greatly increase symptoms. After an emotional meltdown last Monday, I turned to my Bible for support. My Bible fell open midway, to Isaiah 40 and this underlined verse ~#31~caught my attention.

"Those who hope in the Lord
will soar on wings like eagles
they will run and not grow weary
they will walk and not faint."
I found a great deal of comfort in repeating this verse out loud throughout the morning. Later while reading a devotional these verses popped up, and when I went online to read a few blogs, I came across one from Spiritual Sundays that started with this same verse. The title of the post was "Don't Quit". Isn't God wonderful! You see, I was ready to quit the treatment due to the horrible all over neuropathy/nerve pain from die off. Reading this post and the scripture above gave me courage to keep going. I found hope that the suffering would eventually end and I would not feel weary.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation that brings us to our knees and we wonder if we have the strength to keep going. We don't. Not by ourselves. But God does have what we need, and His strength is available for us at our asking. When we trust God and put our hope in Him, we WILL soar on wings like eagles. What a great promise He has given us!!
If anyone has a loved one with Chronic or Late Stage Lyme Disease, you are invited to read my other blog, Renee's Reflections, where I share my journey with this disease.
*Please join Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays to read inspirational posts or link up your own.


Whidbey Woman said...

Amen! Saying a prayer for you today.

Lisa notes... said...

I’m sorry you’ve had a rough week, Renee. I had a meltdown on Monday, too. Sigh. I guess we don’t outgrow those after all?

I love the verse that you used. Such a comfort. I am so on my knees right now over multiple situations; I either go on with His strength or I don’t go on at all. I’m glad He is so faithful and strong.

Virginia said...

It is amazing how He constantly reminds us to focus on Him and to have hope in Him.
Praise God for the power of His Word. Placing your name in my Prayer box.
Sweet Blessings,

Joan said...

Praying for you, Renee. I love the verse from Isaiah - such comfort in those words.

Anonymous said...

You are in my heart and prayers Renee.

Cindy Adkins said...

Dear Renee,
I am so sorry to hear that you have had a rough time this week...One of my best friends has had lyme disease for many years. I will pray for you--I believe that our own prayers, as well as the prayers of others can and do make a difference...And I love that scripture. May you rise up with the wings of eagles...have a blessed Sunday.

sarah said...

I'm really sorry you had a hard week...yet your faith shines so strong....I'm praying for you Renee..know that ok.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

I have a friend who also had to deal with neuropathy (for different reasons) and remember well how much she hurt - praying for you much!

Isn't it a blessing when we find encouraging Bible verses and read them out loud? There are several in Isaiah that I love doing that with as well, including Isaiah 41: 10.

I love your blog name and decor - in large part because I also LOVE AUTUMN best too - and it's coming soon! :) :) :)

Blessings to you!

Ruth said...

Hi Renee, i'm with you in prayers!

Mevely317 said...

There are no accidents, this I believe. What a wonderful testimony you've shared! When I read, "Don't Quit!", I literally broke out in goose bumps!
I'm holding you in my prayers!

Charlotte said...

I don't know much about lyme disease. I have heard of it, of course, but never knew anyone who had it. I'm glad you received comfort in the ways you explained. God is good. I know your sharing your experiences will help others.
Prayers and blessings,

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I love when I read all the highlighted verses in my Bible. Each one touches my heart.I will be praying for you Renee.
God Bless,

Dianne said...

Dear Renee,
I am so sorry that your week was so rough but so glad that you received new hope and answers from our God Who is always faithful. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

hip-chick said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have known people who have suffered with this disease. It's not easy.

Pat@deepintheheart said...

Isn't it wonderful how God provides the word we need at the exact time we need it!

I'm praying for you today.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Continuing to pray for you, sweet lady!

mya said...

It is evident that you know God is there for you. You are an inspiration as you continue to think about others.

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you got an encouraging word from the Lord! Please know that I am praying for you today.:)

JOE TODD said...

Beautiful post. Thank you

daylily777 said...

Amen, we can't do it by ourselves !
I am praying for you Renee , I hope you feel better soon .
Love in Christ,

Jan Lyn said...

I am just catching up on your blog now and sorry to hear about your rough time. As usual, your blog is encouraging though and speaking Truth to your readers. That verse is so special to me as well--it is sewn on the cover of one of my favorite bibles here.
Feel better, I pray.