I had a stent put in around 6 weeks ago and it has been a challenge to get back to my normal self. It’s hard to be a physically weak person especially if you are me. On a good day I tip the scales at 280 pounds and can lift almost anything I put my mind to. After my procedure it took around a week to get passed total exhaustion in the house. Then I would get extremely winded walking to my car and doing simple chores. Going back to work was the real challenge though. It was like every bit of energy I had would be totally gone by lunch time and I would have to go home and take a nap for a couple hours. Finally my days have been getting longer and my energy is restoring itself. I can feel God boosting me every day little by little. I honestly thought that I would have bounced back quicker than that since I’m only 41 years old but God had other plans. He is showing me that my strength is a blessing and not a right. To use it for good and not for vanity. That I need to rely on Him and not so much my physical attributes. That can be a challenge at times when you can literally lift the front end of a car. All of my strength comes from God and it is definitely a blessing. I’ve been able to use it on multiple occasions to help people in need and want to continue to do so. If God chooses to take my physical strength however that just means that He is showing me a different gift that I haven’t tapped into yet. God has given us multiple gifts and we may not always see them because we are so focused on our favorite one. God gave me the gift to write and pray for others. He guides me to those who are hurting so that He can encourage and uplift through me. Praise God for multiple gifts. What are your gifts today? Pray to God and ask. Matthew 5:14-16 ” You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on it’s stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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