What gives you strength?
My answers would be my faith in God, my family, and food.
This was made especially clear to me about five years ago when
I was diagnosed with cancer.
It was a frightening time,
but it was also encouraging.
It sucked being really sick but I knew there were people I could turn to. People who encouraged me, who listened to my complaining, and cheered me on to keep fighting.
Why would I be grateful for going through cancer? For one, I know God saw fit to grow me and sometimes, He uses difficult situations to help me become a better person.
Cancer in and of itself is no fun. However, what I learned along the way was invaluable. I learned that it’s okay to cry, to ask for help, and that everything was really going to be just fine. I struggled with my faith a lot during this time but in the end, it only grew stronger.
How does one grow strong without enduring through some of the most difficult trials of life?
Plus, I am grateful to be able to eat without experiencing severe abdominal pain. Can you imagine not being able to eat your favorite meal?
(I have made up for more than enough since then 😉 )
Here’s an idea: Invite people who give you strength to share a meal with you.
Encouragement goes both ways, right?