TITLE: Pity Party? No Way!
By Lorene Weaver
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Why not? Neither leg works to 100%, more like 25 - 50%. The right foot is painful whether on it or not. The left foot is showing the same signs the right foot did before the first surgery. Crutches for four years is a real bummer and slows me down. I’m tired of pain and the exhaustion that suddenly drops in on me like an unwanted visitor on your day with your friends. Sounds to me like I have a right for a great pity party. How about you?
Have you also been slammed by well meaning friends and doctors who tell you you just need to exercise? They don’t have a clue what is wrong with you because they haven’t bothered to investigate sufficiently, but they are sure exercise will get you back in shape. Swimming is the only exercise I can do because of the condition of my feet and legs and I love swimming. How much that is going to do to the weakness in my legs and how it will correct my bilateral foot drop, I don’t have a clue and I don’t think they do either. It will give me freedom to move and a sense of accomplishment. Right now I can swim in my backyard pool, but come the cooler weather I will have to join a club. I’ve been there, done that, and enjoyed it. I stopped because I was facing a couple of surgeries and knew water would not be the place for me for a while. No more surgeries!
It would be so nice if exercise was the answer and I needed to do nothing else. I don’t believe that but it would be nice nevertheless. I will do it for me because it makes me feel good and it invigorates my being.
How many of you like to be around someone who is having a pity party? Not me! I migrate in the opposite direction. Well, I’m not the only one who does so. I discovered that pity parties are offensive to God. I don’t care to purposefully offend God. This new found knowledge has drawn me up short when I find myself going down that discouraging path. It’s amazing what prayer and determination can accomplish mentally.
Last August a visiting preacher prayed for me and God healed my emotional life from the very beginning to the present. I can not begin to tell you the benefits of such a healing but I would surely seek it. When God wipes all the crud away and fills up the emptiness with His love, it is so life changing - almost as exciting as being born again.
My born again experience was incredible. I was awakened at four in the morning to bells ringing and angels singing and a joy that I had never experienced before. It was Easter Sunday. I went to church to tell my pastor father about it, but he couldn’t receive it and that saddened me, but it didn’t dampen my joy.
Since last August’s healing, I have been able to deal with situations and talk about past events without any hurt or anger in my heart. Things I had previously denied because of the emotional pain involved, I was able to recognize, talk about, and still feel very good. When God heals, He does the work and I just do the receiving. Do I want to offend the mighty, merciful God who has brought me through sixty-four years of emotional trauma? Not knowingly. I want to love, honor, and praise Him.
This is my motivation to avoid pity parties. I know with a certainty that God will see me through every difficult time every step of the way. His Word is precious and true. It truly is “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Nothing will I fear as long as you are near, right there beside me. ”
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