Press On!

But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 3:14

It’s been a tough few weeks.  I’ve been trying to communicate with a couple of different doctors to get my medications changed to something that will actually help me (I hope), jumping through hoops to get routine prescriptions refilled, and battling the endless red tape that is being off work and on long-term disability.  I lost my beloved aunt and wasn’t physically in any shape to make the trip for her funeral.  I haven’t felt like doing any of the things I normally enjoy: cooking, writing, getting out in the beautiful Spring weather.  But I’m trying to turn that around.  I’m going to focus on my goal of managing my pain well enough to lead a more normal life.  I’ve made it this far, surely there are blue skies ahead if I just press on.

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11 thoughts on “Press On!”

  1. Speaking as a chronic pain patient, I identify fully with what you wrote. God boxes us in so that we can follow His will more easily, even though our lives may be difficult. I’ve found that the greater my physical difficulties the more I surrender to Him. One thing to remember is to never give up. Never. He will lead you to where He wants you to be. And never beat up on yourself for stuff you wanted to do but didn’t get done. Just follow the Lord into the dark tunnel and let Him hold the light.

    1. I love your light in the dark tunnel metaphor – that is EXACTLY how I’ve been feeling lately, and I needed the reminder to trust in Him and His light – thank you!

  2. I’m awfully proud of you, and I don’t tell you enough. I know I wouldn’t be as positive in your shoes — I’d be a downright grumpy arse.

    Love you.

  3. I will be missing my father’s funeral later this week as I’m not up to making the trip either. I understand at least that part of what you’re going through. Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one.

    1. I’m so sorry about your father. There are more of us out there than we think, I’m sure. We’ve all just gotten so used to “toughing it out” and not talking about it that it feels very lonely sometimes.

  4. I Sam in the story of David and Goliath, David found himself, “reaching into his shepherd bag.” He reached within himself and his experiences. This is what I have been thinking about this week.

  5. Angie, what a great perspective of not allowing circumstances to control you. You are doing a great job of practicing Phil. 3:14. I am praying for you as I post this comment. Blessings to you!

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