(Trying to get cozy in bed while strapped to a heat-pad).
I’ve just completed the second video session of Beth Moore’s new study, Children of the Day, on the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Without giving too much away because I think you should do this study yourself, the teaching in this session focused quite a lot on authenticity. Ultimately each person must make a decision about Christ for herself, but we believers are naive to think that we don’t have to live this thing out. That we don’t have to prove ourselves faithful (not perfect or rigid) in the eyes of the world.
There was a powerful word in this lesson for me, and it came when Moore quoted her pastor, son-in-law Curtis Jones:
Whatever you go through, leverage it for the Kingdom.
Use it. Let God use it. For Him. For you. For others.
And so we start on a new journey together.
It’s only the second day. 48 hours. And yet I feel the withdrawal symptoms setting in. The “brain zaps,” which feel like someone reaches in a smashes my brain against my skull. Exhaustion propelled me to bed early last night, but I what sleep I got was restless and filled with odd dreams. The dry heaves began this morning. I’m ever-so-slightly confused, like when you just know you’re forgetting something.
It’ll get worse before it gets better, this process of coming off Cymbalta and estrogen supplementation.
My motivation in sharing The Detox Diaries with you has nothing to do with garnering sympathy and everything to do with the knowledge that there is someone else out there struggling along with me, someone who may wonder if Christ is worth trusting through the pain. Or someone who doesn’t even have the hope of Christ to hold on to. That struggle may not involve medical issues. Maybe it’s finances. Broken relationships. Job loss. When I have been faced with such mountains in the past, I have usually given in to defeat before ever attempting the climb. Maybe you have, too.
Not this time.
You can trust Jesus. I can trust Jesus.
Grace and peace along the way.
For all the posts in The Detox Diaries series, go here.
P.S. – Let’s listen to music together! Check out my Spotify playlist: Joy.