Tool Boxes and Drain Pans
Living the last 6 years with a chronic disease, first, an unexplained auto immune disease and now chronic kidney disease, has certainly been a trial and has helped me grow closer to God as I learn to lean on Him in the hard times, wait patiently for answers and trust him for my healing.
I have gathered many coping tools along the way and have a big "toolbox" full of beautiful words that encourage me when I am down, or when I am weak. I find strength in scripture and the promises of God when life takes twists and turns that I can not control. Here are just a few:
But, being strong all of the time is hard (and it sucks). Sometimes I just need a "drain pan" and not a "tool box". Unfortunately many of those near and dear to us see us struggle and reach into their tool box and pull out cheer up words, be strong scripture and motivational memes to help fix us, when all we need is a drain pan to catch our words, our tears, our grief, our anxiety and struggles... a listening ear, a hug and a safe place to be vulnerable. I am thankful that my Heavenly Father longs to listen to me. He loves to hear me repeat His promises and he doesn't mind when I just need to cry.
After a good long cry of pouring out my fears and doubts, He is still there. He puts a new song in my heart and refills it again with joy, peace and comfort. Thank you God for never leaving my side. You have good things in store for me!
I hope this post helps someone today. Please let me know how I can pray for you, and if you are praying for me, thank you!! I feel your prayers and they keep me going!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.