Day 2 – Beauty In The Beast: How To Suffer Well

To 'dare', is 'to have the courage to contend against’. I dared to contend against the NHS report concerning my diagnosis. I dared to contend against what I could see with my physical eyes which was near-death. I dared to contend against my doubts. I dared to believe that God had already healed me. I put my personal trust and confidence in Him and let go of the trust and confidence that I had in myself or other humans. And now I dare you to do the same!

Day 1 – Beauty In The Beast: How To Suffer Well

I have no doubt that the most common question that we ask God when we encounter suffering is; ‘God, why is this happening to me?’ I know this because it was the same question that I asked God when I received my diagnosis of this rare serious illness. God’s response to me was, ‘Why not you?’

‘Beauty In The Beast: How To Suffer Well’ Devotional now on YouVersion!

We are told to reject suffering and pain, but what do you do when you are confronted with suffering through sudden illness, loss, abandonment, heartbreak and more? This devotional draws you into the journey of suffering, healing and finding beauty in the beast of pain. We ultimately learn how to suffer 'well' through the counsel of Scripture and develop a renewed faith in the power of prayer.

Psalm 23:4 – #BeautyInTheBeast

‘EVEN THOUGH I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil’. - Psalm 23:4 The conjunction ‘even though’ makes me understand that the valley is an expected part of the Christian walk. The word ‘walk’ makes me understand I need not run through this valley experience and I dare not stand still. The only thing I need to do is walk WITH God. And if I ever felt compelled to 'run', it would only be into the name of JESUS (Proverbs 18:10). Finally, the word ‘through’ is a word of hope in this verse. ‘Through’ tells me that the valley is not its not a permanent experience.

This testimony is bigger than me #BeautyInTheBeast

Sometimes God will let you go through to let you know that He IS! I pray that this testimony will spin the world and that many will come to the revelation of God through this. May this testimony serve as a reminder that God is able to pull you out from the depths of death and that He is still Jehovah Rapha — the Lord who Heals.