Why the Good Days Cut Both Ways

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I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13

If you have chronic illness or disability, I know you’ll understand what I’m about to say. Those good days, as much as we long for them, are a double-edged sword, aren’t they?

The way we feel on those days, the things we can do again, the dreams it feels are coming alive again after all… those are beautiful things. They are what we pray for. The memories made on those days can carry us through many a darker day. Those are happy-dance days and Praise God days and I love having them and hearing about them and sharing them.

But then the next day. The day when you’re back to awful, or worse than you even were before the good day… those are even harder than they’d normally be, simply because of the comparison we can’t help but do. The next day stands in stark contrast to the happy-dance day.

I want you to know that you are not alone in these struggles, Dear One. I’m dancing in joy with you when you share your good days. I understand when the next day is harder than it should be.

So does Jesus. The above scripture promises us that He holds the secret. You can do both kind of days through Christ, who will always give you the strength you need.

And there’s one more comparison He wants you to keep in mind…

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. – Romans 8:18

On that bright and glorious day, all of these struggles will just fall away. What a day that will be. And me and Jesus? We’ll be standing with you then, too.

Precious Lord, please take our hand through whatever kind of day we’re having. Help us to reach out to each other, too. Thank You for the Hope that is You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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2 Comments on “Why the Good Days Cut Both Ways

  1. Thanks, Shelly – for standing with me on so many of these “both kinds of days” and I am currently praying fervently for you as you are facing your current relapse.

    Holding you close in heart and prayers.

    xo Lynn
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  2. Shelly, this is so timely. I made it through a week of company, and going to a baby shower Sunday. Yesterday I was SO sick. Yesterday it was difficult to keep my perspective. Yesterday things seemed bleak. But, today is a new day. I look forward to that great day, when I will behold The Lord, and there will be no “payback”! Amen.

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