The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!
It’s why I share everything that has helped me through sickness, anxiety, and depression… So that others can find and have life abundantly too.
Encouragement like that changed my perspective. Knowing my hardship wasn’t without purpose pushed me through every hard day. God is still good in the midst of the hardest moments. And if it means, it would comfort one person and impact them to know God and see His goodness, it will have been worth it.
It’s why I have such compassion for others who appear fine, but in reality are deeply hurting inside.
“We find great purpose in our suffering, once we realize that our hardship will serve as unique comfort and guidance for others going through similar situations.”
The whole time, I took one note that Angie Smith had quickly said in passing and it stuck with me for years.
For months on end, I would spend hours upon hours in doctors offices being pricked and poked. On this one particular week, I had spent 5 hours in the doctor's office getting treatments.. I was worn out and tired. Life was exhausting. I came home from running errands and the little plastic bag holding my groceries ripped and a GIANT can dropped on my big toe.
Had a good ugly cry, wrapped a bandage on my toe, and then dragged myself to Bible study because I was desperate for good friendships.
I sat there looking fine no one had any idea just how hard my week had been, but inside I was deeply hurting, and my toe was throbbing.
(it’s a miracle I’m still alive kinda sick).