Today a friend of mine posted that her family is going through a health crisis and they need prayer. Worry and stress was overwhelming her. Yes, she believes in God and His healing power. But – from experience – I know how hard it is when you see a loved one suffering. It made me think of the saying that some things we go through are so we can help others. This is my reply to her:
Dear friend, I have an inkling of what you’re going through because my hubby is like yours in this respect. I know you know this but sometimes we need to hear it said to us – try not to let yourself get too upset over what the doctors say. My hubby is still not following doctor’s orders, but he is still here praising the Lord with me.
God has scheduled our guys time on this earth and He will keep them through it all, good health or bad health, until He is ready to call them home. We can only pray, take care of them as much as they’ll let us, and try not to put so much pressure on them (and ourselves) that we all get stressed out.
I worried, stayed on his back, and cried many tears, for many years, trying to get him to take care of himself. For a while I even let satan convince me that he did not love the family or he would try to take care of himself for our sakes. The truth I came to understand (working on accepting), is that we all have things we refuse to give to God and won’t believe we need to give to God in order to make things better.
I think it gets worse when we try to pressure them into doing better. That stubborn ‘Lucifer-streak’ just won’t let our loved ones give in to what they know is best sometimes. Give it to the Lord because he is God’s child and only God can change his heart – physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
You take care of you so you can be there for him when he needs you.
When satan reminds you he shouldn’t be eating that – if you cannot resist saying something to him leave the room; take a walk, play in your garden, go to your ‘quiet place’ and pray. Tell satan ‘I gave my hubby’s health and well-being to God, now go away kid – you bother me,’ in your best WC Fields voice.
You may have to do that 20 (or more) times a day but eventually, through prayer and standing on the word, you will get to the place where you can say nothing to him (because it does no good), and satan will see that you are not letting him bring you down.
Love to you and the family, HANG IN THERE!