Share your story of endurance!

I am currently working on an article on Christian suffering. Hopefully, to be published in the Journal of Christian Nursing. A section of the article explores how we endure suffering while maturing our faith and deepening our relationship with Christ.  As I was researching, it occurred to me that I know many Christians who have persevered through cancer, chronic illnesses, grief, trauma, abuse and other travesties with the daily grace of Christ for the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17; 1 Peter 4:16)—Amen & PTL!

As I look to guide Christian nurses in both enduring suffering and supporting patients and families, I would love for you to share your personal experience. The current overarching themes I discuss in the article are: lamenting, humility, surrender/vulnerability, endurance, perseverance, joy, hope and alert to Satan. I am open to other concepts, themes or words the Lord has spoken into your suffering, so feel free to share.

You can share your experience or thoughts on Facebook, here in the blog, or privately via contact form (see below). Sharing your story gives me permission to take an excerpt of your story and possibly use it in the article. I can’t commit publication of any excerpt or content, for I am not the final editor. I will only use your first name or initials to preserve privacy.  At the same time, I do state the following disclaimer. If you are concerned about your privacy, then maybe it is not a good idea to share it with me.

My prayer and blessing for you is “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer, trusting in the one who is, who was and who is to come, amen.” (Romans 12:2; Revelation 1:8)

NCFI Cares: My Shelter, the Sovereign One

Psalm 91:9-10 For you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One. No
harm will overtake you; no illness will come near your home.

 Our testimony is more than a way to bring the lost into the saving grace of Christ.
It is also more than our “salvation” story. It is a constantly changing
expression of how the Lord is working in our lives. Our testimony is a continuous
narrative of our faith journey filled with valleys of sadness and peaks of joys.
These times can be Godly intercessions for us personally and professionally,
and may also include family, colleagues and/or patients. Whether our family is
protected from an accident, our patients are healed from an illness and/or a
colleague finds cancer in the early stages. The Lord’s will intersecting in our
day-to-day events is opportunities to share. When we tell others the mighty
deeds of the Almighty we build up their faith and encourage their spiritual
growth (Psalm 145:4; 1 Cor. 1:4).
I encourage you to take time and reflect on a recent time the Lord has strengthened and/or encouraged you as a Christian nurse. Pray for the opportunity to share with a colleague how
“my shelter, the Sovereign One” worked in your nursing practice. Like the
writer of the 91st Psalm, we can use our life journey of living in
the refuge of the Lord as a teaching tool for our patients and colleagues.