Cristina Harty

Cristina Are you in physical, mental or emotional pain? Are you exhausted, anxious and frustrated? Do you want to give up, throw in the towel and say, “I quit”? Have you lost hope? If so I encourage you to keep reading or pass this devotional onto someone who needs it.

I want to tell you that you are not alone and don’t lose hope. I have been dealing with excruciating physical pain for a lengthy period of time, and it is exhausting in every way. Some days I have asked myself how am I going to continue on being in so much pain? I have five children to take care of and a husband. I have daily responsibilities like you do, and it can seem overwhelming. To be honest life can be overwhelming not being in pain, so to add pain into our lives can throw us over the edge if we let it.

In my mid twenties my first husband was diagnosed with cancer, and that caused me to experience emotional pain off the charts. Experiencing emotional pain can be crippling as well. It was heart wrenching watching him suffer until he took his last breath.

Maybe you have been like me and have cried out, “Why God? Why have I had to endure so much on this earth?” Do doubts come knocking at your door? I encourage you to REFUSE to give up hope. You have to refuse to throw in the towel. You must know that no matter what happens in your life God has a plan and a purpose. He loves you with an unquenchable love.

How do you go on in this life and not lose hope with pain and suffering? You have to come to a place in your life that no matter what this life may bring, whether sadness, pain or suffering, you must never lose site that Jesus Christ suffered and died an unfathomable death so that you and I may have eternal life with Him. If that is all you have to cling to than you have won the race. This life is but a blink of an eye.

You may feel like God isn’t listening or why pray if you don’t get what you ask for. I want to encourage you to not give up on Jesus. Do you remember what your life was like before you had Christ? You were lost, a fool and had no purpose in life. Now that you have Christ in your life, even if your life is full of pain and sorrow, you have a hope and purpose in Christ.

How do I know this? Because I watched my first husband have strength and hope even through the most excruciating pain. He never gave up and he never quit no matter how much pain he was in. He had faith in God that He was in control of his life. He said, “Whether I go or I stay I win.” His attitude and determination through the most excruciating pain has given me strength to endure the physical pain I am going through and to not lose hope.

If you have lost hope and are mad at God and your circumstances please pray this with me, “God, I surrender my life to you. I give you my pain and sorrow. I give you my hopes and dreams. I ask you, Lord, to give me courage to not give up, to not lose hope in you. Help me to rely on your Promises and nothing else. I give you my fears, worries, concerns, frustrations and doubts. Have your way in me, Lord. I thank you, God, for not giving up on me. Help me, Lord, in my weakness. Help me when I feel I can’t go on. Help me when the pain is so severe I just want to die. Be my strength and my rock. I need you, God. Forgive me for thinking I can do it on my own. As I seek for help from others, I thank you that you are leading me every step of the way. I thank you, God, that you go before me and that you care about my every need. Lord, I pray through this time of suffering and pain I grow stronger in you. I desire to be closer to you more than anyone or anything. Thank you, God, for never giving up on me. I love you, Jesus, with my whole heart. Have your way in me, in Jesus name, Amen.

Practical tips to do on a daily basis, especially when in pain:
1. Thank God for all of the blessings in your life, your home, children, food, etc.
2. Thank God for all of the body parts that function properly. I start from my toes and work all the way up to my head. This helps you from being negative.
3. Start your day by reading a devotional, a few scriptures to meditate on throughout the day and pray. Give God all of your worries, concerns and start your day with a thankful heart no matter what you may be going through.
4. Have praise and worship music going on wherever you are; your car or in the house. I listen to Kari Jobe and Julie True on Pandora.
5. Watch or listen to YouTube sermons of preachers and teachers that talk on hope and strength. A few preachers I enjoy listening to are Joyce Meyer and Bill Johnson. I listen to them while I am driving, cooking or cleaning.
6. Ask for help from friends or family. Allow your friends and family into your life to help you. If you don’t tell others about your situation, they will never know. People want to help, but you must humble yourself and ask. Just recently my neighbor/friend came over and rubbed my feet while I was crying out in pain. It was just what I needed to get over the pain.
7. Refuse to isolate yourself.
8. Find someone you can help or be a blessing to even if it is just a phone call. Do what you can to make a difference when you are having a pain free moment.
9. Pray throughout the day, no matter what you are going through; continuously ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
10. Create a peaceful atmosphere in your home and bedroom to help calm you down and relax.
11. When a negative thought comes replace it with what God says about you.
12. Speaking scripture out loud or having someone speak it to you.

Job 11:18 And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety
Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

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