6 Responses to Can You Spread God’s Love with Your Chains?

  1. Di, your devotional today made me think of all the times I’ve felt like my illness impacts every action, thought and decision, I make. While I could resent that (and often I do!) – I’ve learned so much and had those opportunities to share the hope I have, that helps me “rejoice” like Paul says.

    “Jesus is always there. He lifts the burden of those chains, granting me the strength to keep going.” – SO grateful for that and for those who help “carry the mat” when the burdens are great.
    Blessings dear friend.
    Fiona

    • Fiona, you’re so right, illness seems to effect all aspects of our daily life, making it hard, at times, to choose to rejoice, to share our Hope. But God is good He gives us so many chances!
      I love your “carry the mat” reference! I think of that often, especially here at Rest Ministries, knowing that I have such dear friends here, and fellow kindred spirits, all praying and supporting one another in love.
      Thanks for sharing, many blessings my friend, Di

  2. Thank you, Diane, for your honesty and exhortation. I too am a cancer survivor and when I tried to return to my job after recovering from 2 major surgeries, I found that I had to leave work again because of the effects of the heavy preventative medication I’m on. It was a hard decision to make, but I see how I can open myself up now to other ways God wants to work in and through me: praying for and meeting with other chronically ill friends, more time in His Word, and taking care of myself so I can be Christ for my family.

    Bless you. 🙂

    • Shanna, thanks so much for sharing some of your story; such sweet words and a instant connection since we have such similar stories. ( cancer, surgeries, loss of job) just like you, God opened many doors, and new opportunities during this illness. Im so thankful for those blessings on this journey. I pray as you continue on your own journey, God will continue to bring Joy to you though many new avenues. That His strength and love will carry you though so others will see and hear the hope you have, just as you have shared here today. Peace & Christ’s love be with you. Di

  3. Sure can relate to this Di…. thanks! 🙂

    It often feels like heavy chains weighing down my limbs with exhaustion. Thank goodness that Jesus is the Key to my chains to unlock them & have heavenly freedom to follow the Lord to His paths. I’ve had lots of thoughts flowing from this, so thanks Di! God bless. Lotsoluv Kerryn

  4. Diane, Philippians is such an amazing epistle. Joy in the midst of circumstances that few of us can really understand. At least literally.

    And yet, here was Paul rejoicing because the gospel was being spread right there in the palace through the guards. God surely does work in mysterious ways.

    I often think that we have the opportunity to be witnesses to a special group of people, who might not otherwise hear the good news. I’m speaking of other patients, family caregivers, doctors, nurses, lab technicians, etc.

    Our testimonies can be so powerful when connected to the truth of God’s Word. I really appreciate your prayer, especially this part, ” You want to help us be living examples of the great love You have for all mankind. Thank You for the honor and privilege of being used to share the Gospel of Truth”. May it be so in my life.

    Thanks Diane.

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