Thursday, April 12, 2012

ALL Circumstances?

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Are you sure Lord?  How about this circumstance...

How about where my husband has a crappy chronic intestinal disease that no one can figure out and that has sucked the life out of him the last 2 weeks?  How about THAT circumstance?

Oh, that is included in "all"?  Got it.

Ryan has been battling serious health issues for the last 2+ weeks.  A little background: he has had intestinal issues for years-bloating, bleeding, pain, sensitivities etc.  Doctors have suggested everything from a gluten intolerance to Crohn's disease.  But no definite conclusions.  But for the last several weeks something changed and he has been dealing with more intense symptoms.  He is so brave and persevering!

  The physical pain has left him just laying on the couch every night and under some very sever Dr. Wife remedies.  We think we have it narrowed down to what the problem is but to avoid TMI (too much information) we'll spare you the gory details.  Ha! 

So anyway, my sweet husband has been so persistent in his walk with the Lord despite this crappy physical pain that drains him in all ways.  I admire and respect this man so much-it's amazing to be able to watch him trust Jesus fully!  We're weary but not shaken.  And what has comforted Ryan most in his daily times with the Lord is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (see above).

We should be thankful in every condition, even in adversity as well as prosperity. It is never so bad with us but it might be worse. If we have ever so much occasion to make our humble complaints to God, we never can have any reason to complain of God, and have always much reason to praise and give thanks: 
-Matthew Henry's Commentary

I really appreciate Henry's view on this.  Praise should be given to God in the hard and the easy.  We have every reason to praise Him and every reason to bring this hard season before Him.  Yes, Ryan's physical condition is a big deal and it would not be authentic for us to say "Thanks so much for the pain Ryan is in. We LOVE this illness.  Thanks God."  No way! But I can find myself praying:

Thanks Lord for what this sickness has shown us about our own hearts, character traits, walks with you.  Thanks for being a God who walks through it with us.  Thanks for not leaving us.  Thanks for giving us the hope of 1 Thes. 5:18 and resetting our hearts on you.  Thanks for Jesus dying on the cross because our world is broken and for Him knowing exactly what Ryan is going through (Hebrews 4:15)

And even outside of me being tired and my husband being in pretty much constant pain.-we have SO much to praise God for.

Jesus being our Rock
Each other
Supportive family
Faithful friends
The Bible's promises to cling to
A home we love to rest in
Jobs for income
Other parts of our body that function healthfully
Wisdom to be healthy
Health care
Resources to make healthy decisions (grocery stores, Internet, doctors, money, time)
Getting approved for life insurance even in the midst of this!! Wow!
Jesus as our hope

So that is where we stand today.  Feeling discouraged at Ryan's physical condition but hopeful in Christ.  And totally aware of what Jesus asks of us.  Jesus promised us suffering so I don't want to be surprised when it comes along.  He also asks of us an honoring attitude and heart towards Him when things are hard.  I don't want to be a phoney baloney Christian who's just is in it when times are easy.  I know I am not reliable in my thoughts/feelings/perceptions because I'm a dang sinner but thankfully God is consistently reliable.  He is Who He says He is and that means strength and more than enough for what burdens we carry.

We're standing on Him in this.  

Updates to come-- please pray for Ryan and this situation in the meantime!

My Journey to 1000 Gifts
281. Encouragement of 1 Thes 5:18
282. Our new juicer to help with digestion issues
283.  Exciting news coming up with Ryan's work
284. Full Easter celebrations
285. Students sharing the gospel at Mines
286. Our internet being restored!
287. Spring continuing to usher in to Golden!
288.  A house with SO many  tulips in their front yard-gorgeous
289. Anna deciding that I'm a real blogger because of my modesty opposer, ha :)
290. Random Chipotle lunch with Ryan and his boss
291. Joy of reading in Philippians
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance...

Romans 5:3

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  1. That must be so awful to live with :( Praying that you will find a diagnosis and a solution.

    1. Thanks Stacey! Thank the Lord that it is NOT this bad all the time but definitely has us on our knees for the last two week :) Thanks for your prayers friend

  2. Thoughts and prayers for recovery for your sweetie and patience for you both <3

    1. I appreciate it Angela. We are feeling expectant of God to show up!!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear this, Carly! I love your guys' hearts in this though, it's the reminder I needed today!

    1. Sara it is for sure not our tendency thank the Lord in this (or for anything hard unfortunately) but I am grateful for scripture to point us to where we wouldn't normally go!

  4. So sorry Ryan is battling such intense symptoms. What a testimony you are in wanting to thank God in this time. I will be praying for you both. Remember that God created his inmost being. HE knows what's going on...He sees what we cannot. Standing in faith with you!

  5. Hey Carly- not sure if this will help with Ryan's case, but Jaqueline from Deep Roots at Home posted about coconut oil and how it helped her son's intestinal issues. Maybe it could help him somewhat? Not sure if you've tried it. ( That is wonderful about your health insurance! And I will be lifting you and your husband up in prayer. -Nicole at Working Kansas Homemaker

    1. Whoa that sounds great! I will definitely go check out that post. It would make sense. Thanks so much for the help Nicole!

  6. Yuck that's such a bummer. I'm praying for you guys for sure. But man Carly I just love your heart and how you are so quick to obey God to be thankful. I'm sure thankful for you! You spur me on to love and godliness!! Let me know if you and Ryan need anything!

    1. Yes mam I will let you know! Thanks for loving us so well Angi! :)



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