I Think I can…I Think I can…I know I can!

Philippians 4:13

 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

When I was a kid and struggled with something…I would chant “I think I can…” over and over. Just like the train in the kids story that was trying to get up that steep hill. As a kid though….I believed in super natural powers that would certainly come from my chanting. Thankfully, as an adult I now realize that those super natural powers come from my heavenly father.

The past few months have been incredibly challenging. I am struggling with health issues. Doctors believe I may have carcinoid cancer, but so far the tumors cannot be located. This is not unusual for this type of cancer, because the tumors are very small. What has been tough for me is going through the various tests to find the tumors as I am trying to balance the symptoms that I am experiencing.

A few weeks back, I started to feel so overwhelmed, self pity was becoming too easy. I was reading in the evening in my fiction book….God strategically placed a nugget for me. In the entire book the protagonist kept using Phillippians 4:13 to motivate herself. It resonated so loudly with me.

Yes I can do all things….even scary tests…with Jesus who strengthens me. He not only strengthens me, he carries me when I feel unable. It helped put my day to day reality in perspective. I do not want to become stuck in pity and negativity. I want to discover what is wrong with me and how to treat it. I want to continue this adventure known as life and live each day to the fullest telling others of my love for Jesus.

What about you? Are you stuck in the pity party mood? Are you frustrated beyond belief? Are you feeling abandoned? Are you feeling isolated? Whatever may be happening I hope you take these words to heart. Just like in the poem “footsteps in the sand” God is willing to carry you. He knows you will have episodes of needing to be carried and you do not need to fill out special accommodation forms or fight for an advocate. God hears our cries and responds accordingly.

It is my prayer that even if you are not feeling the need to be carried that you remember that you can do all things…even with your disability…because you have God who through all things strengthens you. The only requirement is that you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.

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