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Pain Is Often Debilitating


In the above picture, I am participating in a Chiari & Syringomyelia walk in the fall of 2017. Dory’s motto “Just Keep Swimming” from “Finding Nemo” was the theme our family friend, Molly picked for her awareness walk. Sometimes, it is hard to keep pushing through all the pain ~ pain comes in so many forms and can take your breath away. We all face moments, days, weeks, and sometimes years when literally putting one foot in front of the other is a choice.

Then God reminded me of 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The Greek word “dynamis” is translated strength in this scripture. It is a perfect action verb, which can show continued or progressive action on the part of the subject ~ in this case the subject is referring to God. “Dynamis” may be interpreted ability, abundance, meaning, power, strength, violence, force, and worker of miracles. And, the Greek word “ἀσθένεια” is translated infirmities which is a plural noun, and may be translated either physical or emotional weakness, sickness, or feebleness.

Therefore, you are trading your emotional or physical pain for God’s ability, force, and miraculous power. Our God, through His son Jesus Christ & the price paid at Calvary, is our strength when we are weak in any or every aspect of our life.

Whatever pain you are facing ~ grief, physical, emotional, financial, marital, loved ones, family, friends, loss of a dream, or discouragement ~ God is your strength!

Be a Dory, and “Just Keep Swimming.”


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