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Dealing with a New Physical Normal – Confident Trust

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.
Remember the great reward it brings you!
Patient endurance is what you need now,
so that you will continue to do God’s will.
Then you will receive all that He has promised.
HEBREWS 10:35-36 (NLT)

Our body can ruthlessly rob us of many abilities, but we still can control many things in life. The human body has a miserable capability of wreaking havoc without consent, and typically in the the most painful ways that rob us of our most beloved abilities. However, there is still much in our control even when the body’s functionality collapses. Examples of what is within our control is our sustained trust in Jesus, our attitude response, our response management of our relationships, the activities we choose and choosing to rise above the disability’s impact.

As tempting as it can be to simply give in to the ravaging of our body and to just melt onto the couch daily, try to not sink so low, and let your body tell you that you are too broken to do anything. Almost no one has absolutely no ability to do anything, including you! Otherwise, you would not be reading this post or trying to find out how to adjust to a new normal!

Strive to adjust your attitude, moment by moment, strengthen your spiritual life, and set up and seek new activities or adaptive ways to do old activities you once loved. There will always be something in life that you can do, and there will always be decision crossroads where the choice is yours. Get up, chin up, and regain the reins ensuring that God has ultimate control.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character and
character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment.
ROMANS 5:3-5 (NLT)

(Written with permission from the blog of Abi Gordon)
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On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky