Last Monday I woke up and marched out to my “War Room”.
Yes, I marched. I didn’t walk, I didn’t saunter, I didn’t even stumble in those early hours of the morning when normal people are sleeping.
It was symbolic for me.
Anyone who battles a chronic illness will understand what I’m about to share.
I have battled Adrenal Fatigue for many years. I am not sure for how long, since I had already battled fatigue for at least a few year before I found out what I had.
In 2006 I was told I had chronic fatigue. Since I didn’t “believe in that”, I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion.
I often battle fatigue, sometimes it is accompanied by depression. I recently walked through such a season and it came to a point when I knew I needed to take serious action.
I began digging out verses on joy to meditate on.
Naturally, one verse I turned to was Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'”
Such a great verse on joy! But did you notice the last part? Our strength comes from joy. But not just any joy – the joy of the Lord!
I’ve always known that, but for some reason as I tried to climb out of the blanket of fatigue that threatened to smother me with its weight, it took on new meaning.
Last year I wrote a 5-part series on Adrenal Fatigue, but in all my research on food, sleep, stress, exercise and healthy eating I left out very important and critical element: the spirit.
No, I am not insinuating that Adrenal Fatigue, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or any of these chronic illnesses that lead us to extreme fatigue are spiritual in nature. I don’t believe that at all. But I do believe that how we respond to them spiritually can make a difference!
If we only seek to resolve them in our body and soul and never seek a spiritual response, we’ll find ourselves stinted in our recovery. But more than that, we’ll find ourselves continually back at square one.
I realized 2 things that day:
1. My mind played a critical role in my recovery. Much of stress comes from my mind and my thought patterns. I can’t wait to write more on that!!!
But the way I think and the thought patterns I develop can – and will – have a direct affect on the amount of fatigue I feel.
2. Joy isn’t circumstantial. Happiness is. Happiness relies on situations and circumstances, but joy is a choice. And joy is centered in Christ. So, I can be sick in body and I can be walking through a trial, and still have abundant joy because joy is centered in Christ and in Him I always have reason to rejoice!
And if joy is in Christ and the joy of the Lord is my strength then in Christ I can always find strength for my day.
And as I meditated on that all day, suddenly I began to feel the fatigue drain away.
The next day, I opened my concordance and began jotting down more verses on strength and all week I meditated on verses having to do with joy, strength, my mind and my thoughts.
And can I tell you that the depression is gone and despite minor setbacks – like a 2-day migraine – I feel better than I have in months.
Dear sisters: our war rooms are for that purpose – to go to war. To war against not only the enemy of our souls, but the enemy of our bodies as well!
He attacks in sneaky ways, and one way he wants to attack us is through our bodies. As we battle chronic illness, he seeks to rob our joy. And by robbing our joy, he robs our strength!
But here are 10 verses (and there will be more of them coming in a prayer challenge later!) on strength that you can print out and put in your war room to remind yourself where your strength comes from.
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