I receive a daily email from, Thoughtful Mind <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The quote for today (Inspiring Quote for May 17th, 2018) is this:
“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.” ― Kris Carr
I can fully agree with this quote. And yes, there will always be dark days. Our Lord even gave us this warning, “But the gate that leads to life is narrow and the road difficult, so few people find it.” (Matt. 7:14 CEB)
Yet, I believe with all my heart, even the difficult times that stress us, weaken us, and tear us down, can become an opportunity to deepen our faith.
I have learned through experience after experience this world is not fair. I have learned that those who say they are your friends and supports can turn out to be just the opposite. I have also learned that though you try to open and transparent, there always be those who question your motives or will try to drag you down due to motives of their own.
In this midst of these challenges (even as I write this blog I get hit with another pain causing incident) our only way of coping, not escaping, burying in the back of our minds, or creating an illusion of wellness, is to recognize our own powerlessness and grab hold to the pole of patience that is anchored in our faith in our Lord.
I proclaim this often and believe it completely, Jesus said, “I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” (Matt. 28:20 CEB)
Even when our minds and bodies cannot live by this amazing truth, our hearts can.