I have been suffering with Lupus and Psoriactic Arthritis for a while now. I have had severe pain in my cervical and lumbar spine... to the point that I have laid awake crying all night with the pain. My kidneys function only partially at times... leaving my body to fill with fluid... which in turn makes it hard to breath. These are just some of my symptoms with Auto-immune diseases. Medicine helps to some degree... but largely I am allergic to most medications... or the medication I need causes other problems. I was on an anti-inflamatory drug that absolutely helped with the pain... but it caused my stomach to bleed and anemia followed. I am on chemotherapy now... which seems to help some, but the side effects are difficult. I have had a lot of nausea and sores in my mouth..etc. I also take steroids... they are just plain horrid!
However, I have learned to find JOY in the little things. A friend of mine, (Jeffreejon Anglemyer) sent me an email with silly little pictures. I have added scripture verses to them... and this makes me smile. It gives me joy and that joy... gives me the strength I need to go forward! The strength to move past the pain... past the illnesses and into Jesus arms! Within the long painful nights... and in the long weary days... Jesus brings me the peace... I need and long for!
So I have to ask... Where does your JOY come from?? Where do you gather STRENGTH for the day ahead? If you don't know Jesus... contact me... I would love to share Him with you!
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you today... and may you find the Joy in knowing him!