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I Can and I Will (Part Five)

Both title phrases help us to change our point of view
When faced with painful trials beyond our control too
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
I will claim Your word My grace is sufficient for thee

Lord, my list of frustrations I am leaving at Your feet
I can rest assured every burden and care You will meet
I will trust You in unknown cut backs to work schedule
Wait for spine doctor appt. pending insurance approval

People ask questions why about my medical treatment
Many show concern but still add in their own judgment
Implying my symptoms should have more answers now
I do not need to understand but trust Your plan anyhow

When my right calf stiffens and feels like a heavy chain
You give me strength to walk on it despite the sharp pain
Faithfully protecting me from falling with each step I take
Even driving, in moving my foot from gas pedal to brake

When right rib cage pain extends to right shoulder blade
I feel pressure from various right arm movements made
Sneeze, cough, or deep breath often reacts the same way
But You faithfully help me endure through it all each day

When headaches or blurred vision cause job interference
You help my eyes refocus and compensate the difference
Closing my eyes and taking extra breaks are effective ways
But if condition persists adjust hours and work boundaries

I will praise You even in the midst of my pain and despair
Your strength is perfected in my weakness, for You are there
I can put all my hope in You and rest in Your healing power
Your mercies are new every morning before my waking hour

Every obstacle I face by Your grace I have strength to overcome
I will not worry about tomorrow, but take each day as it comes
Thank You for understanding friends who faithfully care and pray
For temporary relief from my pain giving me hope after a long day

© Carol S. 7/30/13

Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do
not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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