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  1. stephanie smith on July 16, 2013 at 8:18 am

    By the time I had accepted mental or emotional distress as normal and necessary to spiritual growth, I began to experience physical distress – and felt like I was hitting a wall.

    For a while that wall was self-pity; a “why me” attitude. A wise woman responded “why NOT you?”

    I’m beginning to be skilled at not looking for my “out” with pursuing dependence on God. Every bit of what I experience can be used to be closer to Him.

    The days when I accept it as normal rather than persecution are those when I participate joyfully, though quietly, through physical and emotional barriers due to pain.

    It helps me to think of my grandparents’ generation who did not wake up tuning into every defect in their bodies. They performed their duties and complained little. It helps to know I’m one of a million folks who, at some point, feel like they’re swimming up stream.

    “There is nothing new under the sun”. : )