God created us to be warriors. He made us for more than just sitting down, defeated by the battles that come against us. So often in my life, especially with my health, I have given into the temptation to settle for a wounded and defeated existence. I have concluded that my body is weak and therefore I must continue on with that weakness.

God has been bringing me through a process with my health and teaching me so many lessons. I have lived a certain pattern of thinking these past 12 years that God wants to change. Instead of consigning myself to my chronic pain, God has called me to fight back. He told me, “I made you to be a fighter. I have called you to contend for my Kingdom. If I have allowed this in your life, it is to make you stronger. However, you can only grow stronger if you get off the ground and fight back. Next lesson in being a world-changer: how do you handle the battles you have been given right now?”

These past few days I have been super active outside, and I have found so much joy and fulfillment from all the exercise. I have found a passion for being active, not because I enjoy the pain, but because I am fulfilled in stepping into my role as a warrior. And honestly, the pain has been minimal. I am at a crossroads right now. I could sit and think, “How terrible it is that these things happened to me and how difficult it is to deal with it!” or I could take charge of my health and say in another way to Satan, “You can throw what you want at me, and I will still get up.” I am choosing a new way of thinking and a new way of being. Struggles are part of the journey and they open doors to a greater adventure. I refuse to let anything get in the way of living an abundant and rich life for Christ and in Him.

And you know what? That includes mountain biking and hiking to waterfalls and riding horses and…..and….Life is Just. So. Beautiful.


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