Don’t Waste Your Suffering

When I was struggling intensely a few years ago due to some possible severe health issues, I heard on the radio a pastor say, “don’t waste your suffering. Embrace it and learn from it.” That spoke loudly to me at the time, as I felt I was resisting everything in every way. I was terrified of the what ifs and could not embrace the season at all. It is so hard in the midst of pain to count it all joy like the Bible says to huh? But God wants us to trust Him and remember that He is sovereign and in control and He causes everything to work together for the good. I did eventually surrender to it and embraced it and I learned so much about some deep rooted stuff that was still within me that needed to be worked on. God was using my pain to refine me and purify me…the refiner’s fire. I endured it for 2 years and grew so much in my faith and trust in the Lord. I am sure we can all look back at a difficult season in our lives and say I gained some wisdom and maturity in the midst of that hard time. I encourage you, if you are in the midst of one of those seasons, to embrace it, keep focused on God, persevere in the midst of it all, trust Him deeply and learn from it. He will work it all out for the good.

Be Love Give Love

About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”