Here is Angie’s story from Raising Sticky Hands to Heaven. I have been loving these stories that show God in His glory and at work in all areas of life. Angie’s story is no different. Enjoy! ~ FFS
After the birth of my last child, I just didn’t seem to “bounce back” as quick as I had with the other 4. At first I thought it was probably because I was nearing 30 and not the young whipper snapper I was when I had my first. After a few months, however, I decided it was time to see a doctor. After over a year of many tests and attempts to “fix” my pain, I was given the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.
Chronic pain can be so overwhelming and exhausting at times that I’m unable to think straight. To not admit that I have questioned why this has happened to me would be a lie. There have been times that I’ve questioned my capabilities because of my disability. The Lord knows what He is doing though, and I’ve learned to have faith in His plan.
There have been 2 scriptures that I’ve been clinging to since the pain began. The first one is Isaiah 53:5, ” But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” I know I can be healed, however, until then I will continue to do what God has called me to do. I will boast in God and HIS abilities, not mine. In spite of my pain and fatigue, I will do His work! I will raise my children to walk in His ways, teach them at home, be a good wife to my husband, and help others in any way I can. I don’t care how much this pain tries to keep me down, I will keep going.
The second verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” For whatever reason I must go through this struggle, I am determined that God will take it and use it for His glory. Whether it is to pray for others going through a similar situation, to later share my testimony, or even to be able to help someone else relate their struggles with me and see that I still praise the Lord with my hands held high regardless of how much it hurts. No matter the reason, I will persevere for the sake of the fact that God can use this for good.
Not every day is bad. I don’t always smell like minty pain ointments. Some times I actually forget that I have this impairment and feel my age, or younger, instead of 30 years older. But no matter the state of my body, I will boast in the Lord!
Angie lives in Southern California with her husband Bobby. Together they have 5 children that she considers her greatest blessings. She loves to homeschool, write, sew, craft, bake, and laugh. You can find her at her blog, Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven where she writes about praising God in the midst of jelly sandwiches, toys, cracker crumbs, laughter, and tears.
Do you have a story that boasts of the Lord? Please consider sharing it and encouraging others. You can comment below or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.