Freedom from Pain

We started Finding His Purpose about seven years ago to help others with disabilities, chronic pain and illness. My husband knew these challenges well. After an accident left him with a broken back in multiple places and the inability to walk, he also suffered with debilitating pain that never went away. This started in 2003. A lot has happened since 2003. I was not there when the accident occurred. We remarried in 2009 after being divorced for 20 years. John was a changed man by then, not physically walking but it was more important that he was walking with God. He knew God had called him to start Finding His Purpose support group. Our life verse was Romans 8:28 and we stood on the promise it held for us. Everything would work out for the best.

Since last October John started having some procedures on his back to hopefully help his back pain that was getting worse. It was not unusual for him to have an 8 or 9 on the scale for pain! The first procedures on the lower back and the right side seemed to work so we were encouraged. The last one was much more complicated, on his left side and included some neck area. The arthritis also set in making it more difficult. We checked with the doctor to make sure it was normal that even after weeks he still was in pain. I know John hoped that this would be the end of his pain journey and was disappointed that it was not turning out that way.

Well on May 27th he was so surprised when the pain was just gone! Praise God! He is pain free for the first time in 18 years. We thank God for healing him and giving him freedom from pain.

We know that each of us are unique and our circumstances are also. There is also other pain we experience that is not physical that can be as challenging. Pain of losing a loved one, loss of a job or a dream, emotional & relationship pain, ongoing illness and mental issues. All pain is seen by God and He can strengthen you to go through whatever you are dealing with. Keep praying and trusting Him for answers and direction. We know that all pain will not be relieved on this side of heaven. Our hope must always be placed only on Jesus. Pray for others and help support them through tough times. If you do get a miracle, like John did, do not waste it! Use it to encourage others and point them to Jesus. True freedom only comes from a personal relationship with Him.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭

Hope Revealed

Hope is such an important thing for us to have. It makes the difference in how we can see events and how we picture our future. Have you ever been in such a dark place that it was hard to even have a little hope of better days? You are not alone in feeling this way. Many people have had these feelings of despair. How do we get past this? How do we move forward when our feet feel like they are stuck in cement?

While reading the Easter story I found some insight about hope. After Jesus was arrested, the disciples and his followers were afraid and confused. Nothing looked like it was going to work out. Jesus was going to be crucified. They forgot all the things that Jesus had said and promised them for the future. In just a few days everything totally changed and hope that was buried deep in their hearts was revealed once again at his glorious resurrection! His promises were true and their Savior was alive!

Remember that not everything is always as appears. God is working behind the scenes and sometimes we need to wait until his work comes to light. Keep praying, keep trusting that hope will be revealed again in your life. Surround yourself with friends who will support you and uplift you. Stay in God’s word so you will be encouraged as you move forward into what God has planned for you and your future.

This Easter thank Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross, so we can be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life. Hold on, hope is coming. Our hope is in you Jesus Christ.

“May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalms 33:22

Focus on Jesus

This year our word is focus. Our desire at Finding His Purpose is that we Focus on Jesus. During these uncertain times we need to go back to our foundation. We must have a firm foundation in Christ so that we are not swayed by every test that comes our way. We need to get back to basics.

As we all Focus on Jesus this year, may we renew our relationship with Him and with His word, the Bible. Strength for our trials can come by the encouragement we get from His word. Let us all continue to grow and learn. Love one another and support others in their struggles.

Remember the main thing- Jesus

“and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:11

Christmas Blessings

Here we are at Christmas time in the year 2020. Yes even in this crazy year Christmas can still shine brightly for all of us. Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins and give us new life and that has not changed. For some it might be the first time they have heard about this wonderful gift. For others it is something that we celebrate every year. Let us not ever take for granted the wonderful gift of Jesus in our lives. Let us worship Him today and everyday! This year might look different for many but Christ is forever.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” Hebrews 13:8

Merry Christmas to all

Be Thankful

Thankfulness is on our minds right now during this time of Thanksgiving. We can always come up with a long list of things we are thankful for. Family and friends probably top the list, just like mine. This year we especially have a lot to be thankful for, since just making it through a day seemed to be a challenge at times. We have made it to the end of November 2020 and that seems like a great achievement.

As I was thinking of my thankful list. I actually thought about the people in my past who made an impact on my life. Friends I made at school, work and church. People who I made memories with that I still remember fondly. They were part of a puzzle that brought me to who I am today. A music teacher who believed in me and pushed me to be better. A boss at my first job who was tough but who really taught me to expect more of myself. A ballet instructor who gave me confidence when I had none. Two special aunts who listened and gave advice that was God directed and reflected the wisdom they learned through trials in life. A Sunday school teacher who presented a story about giving in such a vivid way that I can still remember the feeling I had the first time I heard it. New friends I made when first coming to Florida who opened up their home to me during the holidays and helped me feel comfortable in my new town.

These are just a few of the people who helped me along the way. There are so many more. I am thankful this year for all the times God has put that right person with the right message for me during a trying time.

I hope that I will be able to give back to others and lend support like I have been blessed to receive. As you think of your thankful list this year, think back and thank God for those who crossed your path and made a lasting impression on you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

Listening for you

We all have been in the midst of some really tough times for the last few months. There are many voices out there and lots of information that can be confusing. Who are you listening for? Do you listen for direction from God for your everyday life? Do you recognize His voice? Jesus said “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27

We know the voice of those we love and have a relationship with. Ask a Mom or Dad if they can hear their child over other voices as they cry for them. Bet they say yes! I know my grandchildren can recognize my voice in a crowded room or store. They have told me so many times. Why, because we have a relationship and we talk often( also I have a loud voice but that’s another story) The same thing happens when we know God, spend time with Him and have a personal relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit who lives in us will speak and direct us in our daily lives, if we just listen. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

In this time of uncertainty it is even more important to listen to God and follow Him. Remember to “follow the Shepherd and not the sheep.” Listen for Him. Obey His instructions and He will listen to your prayers and hear your voice when you call.

Perseverance

Our word for 2020 was perseverance. Little did we know then how much that word would be confirmed as important. Covid 19 virus has seemed to change our lives daily. We have just had to persevere!

Seems like where ever we look that word persevere is being used. What does persevere mean? In the dictionary the meaning goes something like this, to continue on even when it is hard and success is not guaranteed.

We are all trying to continue on during this time and we certainly can’t see the future. Sure glad it was not something I would have known beforehand. There is certainly a reason we are not told the future. God knows our future and He wants us to trust Him with it. We are to persevere, taking one day at a time.

So how do we continue to persevere even when it gets hard? Look to God for strength to carry on. Ask Him to keep you hopeful even when others around you may not be. Pray for others and offer help where you can. Stay safe, stay well, and stay strong! Focus on God and persevere.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭

God is with us

Hello Finding His Purpose family. Since we are not able to meet we thought we would share a few thoughts with you.

You are not alone

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭
Remember God is with us during this time.

Prayer changes things

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭
Pray for our world, our nation and our families. Pray for healing and revival for our world.

God can use bad times for our good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Trust that God is in control and can use this for His good and perfect plan for our lives.

As a group with chronic illness and disabilities we are all used to some amount of isolation at times. We can use what we have learned during those times to help others who have never experienced that. Contact others, pray for their needs, offer encouragement. We hope you all will be able to look back on this and say,

YES God was with us.

Stay well and God Bless you

Trust and Fear Not

We are all experiencing a time where fear is so evident right now in our world. The Coronavirus has made us all aware of the power of fear. We must take this threat seriously but at the same time continue to trust God to see us through this. Our powerful God is still in control and right now we must remind ourselves of that fact. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind “ 2 Timothy 1:7

In the last few months our granddaughter, Mia has been struggling with anxiety. We have talked about how God can calm your fears and how important it is to replace the negative or fearful thoughts with His words of comfort during anxious times. I would like to to share with you some scriptures that can do that for you.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Isaiah 26:3

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”

Proverbs 3:5

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Philippians 4:6

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Psalms 56:3

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:13

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:39

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Philippians 4:8

We pray for everyone to be safe and well. Keep close to God and let Him calm your fears. Stay in His word and worship Him with praise. God loves you!

All Things Work for Good

The favorite scripture verse that the group Finding His Purpose was founded on was Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

This verse was perfect for this group because the promise it gives us is one of hope. It reminds us that even in the bad things we encounter, God will work them out for our good. Certainly not everything looks like it will work out for our good. Issues of chronic illness and disability is no where close to a good thing. What God wants to do is to make us more like Him through these trials. Sometimes we don’t notice that God is working behind the scenes of our life. It takes time, sometimes years for the full story to unfold. We soon discover that He indeed took a very bad situation and changed it for our good.

What is our responsibility in this? To LOVE the Lord! This is a promise for those who love Him. The purpose is to make us more like Christ. God wants to mold us into the image of His Son. So no matter what your circumstances put your trust in Him. Let Him take your cares, trials and disappointments and make something beautiful of them as He changes you in the process.

Finding His Purpose started on January 23, 2014. It has been 6 years since the first meeting of this support group. We have seen good and bad in those years. We have prayed for things that did not come to pass. We have experienced some mighty miracles. We have lost some members/friends to illness but know they are with Christ and rejoice in that. We don’t know what the next years will bring but we do know we will continue to thank the Lord for His blessings and trust He will direct our path. All the glory goes to God and we will always look for the good he works in all of our lives. Pray for all at Finding His Purpose.

John and Cynthia Miller