I am so glad you have made your way to this website. As you search the site, you will be able to find information on my book, Patient Endurance: Lessons from a Journey with Chronic Pain as well as hope and encouragement for your journey ahead. My prayer is that this website will be a place for those suffering with chronic pain and their loved ones to find love, compassion, and understanding for the struggles they deal with on a daily basis. So take a look around, share your story on the forum, and come back often; I will be sharing stories, scriptures, and a word of encouragment from time to time. “God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 1 Corinthians 1:3-4
This is an article that I just wrote for StephDodson.com in honor of her one year anniversary of her website. She publishes articles once a month to encourage, inspire, and educate those living with invisible disease. She is an incredible woman who is using her pain to help others. You can visit her website and subscribe to her monthly newsletter. I pray that God would speak to your heart as you read through this article on Sweet Surrender. Just click on the link above labeled sweet-surrender.
I am super excited about my custom made set of bracelets made by Michelle from Hope in Bracelets. She has an awesome ministry where she is raising awareness and donating funds for diseases that have no cure. Please check out her website www.hopeinbracelets.com and the link to this set of “Patient Endurance” bracelets is at http://www.hopeinbracelets.com/sold-items.html The cost of this set is $30. They are absolutely beautiful in person.
Well it is December 29th and this year is quickly coming to an end. It is this time of year that you begin to reflect back on what has been and what is to come. I am so thankful for a great 2011. God has been so good to me and my family. Physically, I am feeling better than I have felt in the last six years, my first-ever book was published this year, God has brought more healing into my life (physically, emotionally, and spiritually). My marriage continues to thrive and grow. Tony and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this year. Our son Tanner is a freshman and is such a joy to be around. He is so full of life and laughter. We are blessed that he is ours. Our extended family is growing and doing great. We have so many nieces and nephews, it is hard to keep count. We have had some ups and downs this year within our family and church family but God has brought life into every area that has been bruised and crushed. Our business continues to grow and provide for our family and for those around us. God is doing some amazing things in the life of our family and church. We have been blessed. We are blessed! Thank you Lord. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17
As important as it is to look back, reflect, and realize all that God has done over the past year it is equally important to look forward and dream for what you desire God to do for the upcoming year. “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.” Proverbs 29:18 amp We need a vision for the future. It is okay to dream, hope, and envision what you want your life to be like. It is also okay to really evaluate and pray about those things that you want to change in your life. It is in those times of deep reflection and prayer that our purpose can come forth and be birthed into reality. Some people may call it making New Year’s Resolutions…what do you want to change in your life this year? What would you do differently this year if given the chance? What are you determined to accomplish this year? What resolutions are you going to make as this new year approaches? What is your vision or purpose for 2012?
As a christian I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions anymore because I have come to realize that there is nothing that I can change or do in myself without the help and power of the Holy Spirit in me. So for our purposes here instead of me asking you “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” I am going to ask you a series of questions, “What do you want your life to stand for this year? What purpose do you want to fulfill? What is most important in your life right now? Who and what are you going to give the majority of your time to this year? What is your vision for your immediate future? What are you hoping and dreaming God will do for you and your family this year? What do you want changed in your life? Where do you want to be this time next year? To sum it all up…What do you want your life song to be?
As I was preparing for this last night I came across a scripture that sums up my life song for the upcoming year: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 I want my life song to be all about Christ and what He has done in my life. This year I desire more of Him no matter what…no matter what is going on around me, no matter the circumstances of my life, no matter the stress, no matter the pain, no matter the restrictions. I desire Christ more than anything and I want my desire to meet face to face with my actions, thoughts, and deeds. I pray that I am more in love with Jesus and my family next year than I am right now. I desire to be walking in more freedom tomorrow than I am today. I desire more healing in my mind, body, and spirit. I desire unity in my relationships. I desire that love rule my life. I want to bring life to every situation and every person I meet. My prayer is to be walking in my purpose of serving my God, my family, and everyone He puts in my path especially those with chronic pain and food allergies. I don’t want to waste my time but be in step with the Spirit. I want to fear God more than I fear people and put Him first in my decision-making. I want to be just as much of a student as I am a teacher. I want to walk with my head held high knowing who I am in Christ, never doubting for one minute how much He loves me and that I am His! I pray my life song will forever sing gratefulness and thankfulness to my Creator King for His love and faithfulness towards me. May you be encouraged to do the same!!!
It was a great day of networking and meeting alot of warm and welcoming woman. I had the opportunity to meet a handful of women struggling with chronic pain and even had the privilege to pray with a few of them. That is what it is all about. Sharing our lives and experiences with others and bringing them to the safe, loving arms of Jesus Christ. Thank you to each woman who opened up, asked questions, and offered your hearts that day! I pray God would continue to meet with you very personally every single day and rescue you right where you are. For His Glory! Love, Kari
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I want to be as real and honest as I can be with you this morning. The bible study I am currently in right now is speaking about servanthood. That greatness in the Kindgom of God is to be a servant just as Jesus was a servant. So the question I was posed with this morning as I wrapped up my time with the Lord was this, “How do I serve the chronic pain community?” That is what I feel I am called to do in this particular season of my life which is why I wrote the book, Patient Endurance: Lessons from a Journey with Chronic Pain. I know that God wants to use all our experiences, all our pain, all the good, bad, and ugly things of our life in order to reach other people and ultimately to bring Him glory! I sincerly believe that everything that satan means to harm us with, God will turn around for good. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Gen 50:20
What God revealed to me this morning is that my first order of business (so to speak) in the quest for serving those with chronic pain is to find those with chronic pain. Which is what I have been trying to do ever since the book came out. I can’t serve those with chronic pain until I find those with chronic pain which is what promoting the book, marketing, and advertising is all about. And I know and trust He will guide and lead me in this search and ultimately He is in control of it all. He has graciously opened doors for me to speak about my book and I believe He will continue to do that very thing. He reminded me this morning of the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin. There was an all out search for those things that were lost. So at this point in the journey I will be serving those with chronic pain as I search for them and allow the Lord to guide me in that search.
Now this might not mean anything to you at this point in time but if you just bear with me I’ll show you how it applies to all of us. First of all for me it means everything. I have been in this struggle ever since the book came out. At first I was very reluctant to advertise or talk about the book because it felt like I was trying to promote myself. And that is not what I want to do nor is that my motive in all of this. But we have to be very aware that pride sneaks around the corner and can come in at any time so I don’t want to move so fast. I am in a new place of waiting. Waiting on God to open doors, waiting on God to get this resource into the hands of those that need it, waiting on God and His timing for everything to unfold as He wills. So I am trying not to worry but just patiently wait (once again) on God to do His thing. It is yet another place of surrender and I am now trying to just enjoy this new place and celebrate what God is doing instead of putting all this pressure on myself to do, do, do in order to get the word out and then feeling like I am self-promoting at the same time. So the word God spoke over me this morning was huge because it gave me permission to seek out those who are hurting and in pain but at the same time realize it is an act of service to them. This is the first step in serving them!
And as for you it should mean everything too. It means that God goes on an all out search for each one of us no matter where we might find ourselves at this point in time. Whether you are in chronic pain, or in relational pain, emotional pain, depression or despair. Whether you are lost and do not know Him or if you are safe in His eternal arms. ”The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 The price has been paid for your release from captivity. Jesus is the way! He took up your infirmities and carried your sorrows, the punishment of your sins has been paid for. “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 So if you’ve been found, let’s rejoice!!! Then we can follow our Savior’s example to serve and seek that which was lost. Until next time… Much love, Kari
I am not sure where your heart is today. Do you find yourself wrestling with fear, doubt, worry, or insecurity? Do you find yourself immersed in unrelenting pain and don’t know when and where relief is going to come. Are you fearful of the outcome of your situation? Do you feel like giving up? If that is where you are today, then you are not alone. I know exactly how you feel. I have been there so many times over the past 6 years and God continues to remind me that He is here with me. I am not alone in this pain and there is hope for my future. Be encouraged that God is in control. He is big enough to handle your situation and circumstance. Listen to the words of Isaiah 35:4,
“Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come, he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
Be assured…your God will come for you! He will come to rescue and save you. It might not be when you want it or how you expected His deliverance to come but He is faithful to His word and He will do it. He is coming for you. He is coming to rescue your heart. He is coming to deliver you from the pit of depression and despair. He is coming to heal. So whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP. Wait on the Lord. Seek His face and be encouraged by His word today. Blessings to you and yours! Until next time…praying the love and salvation of Jesus Christ over you. Amen!
God opened the door for me to do a live phone interview with Bryan Ficher on American Family Radio on June 29, 2011. I am so thankful for every opportunity the Lord gives me to speak of my own journey through chronic pain as well as His amazing love and faithfulness. I pray that it reached many hearts for the glory of God! Click the link below to hear the interview.