cannot call affliction sweet,
And yet twas good to bear:
Affliction brought me to Thy feet,
And I found comfort there.
Before I was afflicted I...thought I was all that and a bag
But now I...know I'm just the crumbs at the bottom of the bag, a little cheesy and too
salty. I'm no good alone, but I'm still delicious on the "casserole" of friendship we ladies form when we
study the Word together.
Before I was afflicted I... thought I was self sufficient
now I...know I am not. God was the One helping me all along. I am so thankful to Him for
Before I was afflicted I...may have taken my relationship with
God for granted and didn't lean on Him or feel as close to Him as I should.
now I...feel closer to God and desire to please Him and lean on Him more in prayer and thought, etc.
Before I was afflicted I was like a free bird in flight to come and
go as I desired and enjoy all life has to offer without giving it much thought,
But now I view
the world though a different set of eyes and take nothing for granted, especially the beautiful life God has given to me,
even with a few blemishes, while on earty.
Before I was afflicted I...could not fully understand the sufferings
of others and respond to them in ways that would be the most helpful or encouraging,
But now I...understand the pain or mental suffering of others; I know what things people did to
help me, both the ones that worked and those that didn't; and I can do for them the things that helped or encouraged me and
tell them the things I discovered in God's word that helped me grow spiritually in spite of duress.
Before I was afflicted I...did it all. Enjoyed sports, always was able to be at all church services, enjoyed being helpful, life of
the party, not as thoughtful of the infirmed as I should be, immature, etc.
But now I... Now I have time to reflect on these qualities and practice them, because I am not rushing
here and there, but choosing and doing that one job to the best of my ability. May we all rejoice in the health that
we have and do not take for granted.
Before I was afflicted... I was always in a rush, and it seemed I had almost no real friends, even at worship. Then within 2 years I became
both legally blind and have to wear hearing aids.
But now I... have many more friends, in part
because I HAVE to sometimes call on others and rely on them. And my disabilities (which are, to me, mostly inconveniences)
don't bother me as much, knowing that not only is God the GREAT Physician but that friends are also "physicians,"
to uplift when there's stress and also to share happiness with!
Before I was afflicted I...moved too fast,
didn't stop to LISTEN to God
I...have more quiet time to spend with Him and I listen more.
Before I was afflicted I... took my own plans too seriously.
But now I... wait to see what God has planned. His plans are better.
Before I was afflicted I...Did not realize how
fortunate I am.
But now I...Am
so Thankful for my life and realize I am blessed everyday with a loving family and God's Love.
Before I was afflicted I... was spoiled by the illusion of immortality and lacked empathy
with the afflicted.
now I... Recognize my mortality, am humbled by my frailties, and have much more compassion for the individual trials
of each human being around me
I was afflicted I...assumed I knew what God's plan for my life held.
I...understand that He is in control, and all will be well. Even though my life is nothing like I expected.
Before I was afflicted I... assumed I knew what was best for me.
But now I... wait for God to show me His best for me.
Before I was afflicted I...took
for granted being able to have company over for meals and singing hymns afterward, visiting the sick, and having lunch out
with the ladies from church, being able to drive and garden.
But now I... wish
I would have done more of everything. I miss it, HOWEVER I'm thankful for the things that I CAN do. I can type and send
notes this way. I appreciate, even more, the love and friendship of my sisters in Christ. And I truly appreciate my
husband, who is my good friend and never complaining caregiver. He helps me keep a sense of humor over my very frustrating
Fibro-Fog and being limited in "brain" and body.
Before I was afflicted I...was
But now I...am loving
Before I was afflicted I...could do almost anything on my own,
But now I...have learned to rely on God's strength alone.