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Does anyone still believe in GOD?
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martyr - October 14

I know I don't. I used to be a very religious person. I would always be the one to volunteer at hospitals and sit and talk with the sick people and little children. But now that I have developed this horrible disease known as fibromyalgia, I now have lost all of my faith in God. I have prayed over and over again for Him to heal me. But I still live in constant pain. I am no longer able to work or volunteer at the hospitals because I need a walker now. Why has God forsaken us? Why must we go on? Does anyone know of any special patron saint to pray to for help??

 

mustangsh - October 14

Hey Martyr...I am sure it is hard for you to continue to have faith in God when you constantly are in pain but God created all of us and will never stop loving us. Suffering is one of the things we will never understand but I do know that even Jesus suffered and then was crucified..and because of that if we believe we are promised internal life. That life will be without pain. Please don't give up and I will pray for healing in your life. God Bless you

 

brooksidefarm - October 14

Hello Martyr. As I sit here, my legs hurt, my hands have no strength, my shoulders are tight, my arms ache and I wonder how I will get through the day. It can be very difficult to sustain faith in trying times and I will pray for you. Here is what God’s guidance has taught me.
Mostly we are plagued by things that we think we should have answers to and have control over but do not. It is OK to wonder, do not carry guilt over that. But, we all need to be reminded from time to time that our way is not God's way. Whatever life deals us, good or bad, is under His control. Why we suffer or enjoy experiences is often not clear until later.
First, He created you to be uniquely you. He knows you now and before you were in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
Second, God gave you gifts that you still possess - even in pain. He will use your gifts for good. (Ephesians 4:7-8)
Third, He loves you. Though we count love in what we can see and touch, God send us love through His Spirit (Acts 1:5). We experience His love and forgiveness through the Holy Spirit, and feel His presence in our lives when we seek it. He also sent His son to be savior so that when the difficulties of life in this world are through, the importance of eternity are settled. (John 3:16)
Fourth, He is there always. He is always working around us, pursues a love relationship with us, invites us to join His work, speaks to us through the Holy Spirit, brings us to a crisis and asks us to adjust our lives to join him. He helps us know Him through experience and obedience and uses all things for His will and the good of those who love Him.
Fifth, faith is not something we can muster up or develop. It is a gift that we receive (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we must turn to God for a greater measure when we feel our faith lagging.
Here is what you can do to find peace and answers.
Pray and tell God your fears and doubts. Seek His forgiveness for your sins and accept that He is your Savior. If you have done this in life, tell Him again. Often we need to tell ourselves these things to reinforce our beliefs. Ask God to talk to you and show Him what He needs you to know. Sit quietly and listen. This takes practice. Do this everyday and sit for 15 minutes and listen. After a month or so, you will find answers revealed to you.
Read scripture. If you do not have a Bible, go to biblegateway.com. Pick up a study guide from cbd.com or a Christian book store called “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby. In a short time each day this study will show you how to know when God is speaking to you and recognize Him in your life. Read Matthew 6:25-34, to help you not worry.
Do not seek a saint to pray to or any other mystical answer. God prohibits this (Exodus 20:3-4), and it will put sin between you and Him so that you will not hear God clearly.
Talk to a pastor. If you do not have one, ask a friend, or call a local Christian church.
Ask others to pray for you – for strong faith, to hear God, for healing, and for daily guidance.
Please accept this as an offering of ministry to help you, not direction. Faith is tested in all our lives, and these things are what get me through difficulty. Soon, after a time, you learn to trust God more easily, and you wake up with peace – even in pain. God bless you.

 

Nola - October 14

Never have, never will.
I dont believe "GOD" gave me Fibro therefore the "cure" is not in prayer.
Having said that positive attitude can have a huge effect on anyone with a chronic condition.
You dont have to be a Christian to have faith.
Good luck to you.

 

bwelladjusted - October 15

Martyr
Even as I write this, I am praying for God to give me the right words to say to you. My heart aches for you, and I wish you could know how strongly I feel about this. I have been reading this post for many months since my diagnosis, and this is the most vitally important question you could have asked. I'm sure you are not the only one who feels this way.
I absolutely believe in God. But I don't just believe He exists, I know Him as a friend, father, and savior. That is why, even though I don't understand exactly why He has allowed this condition, I have never doubted His existence.
If you had heard about someone, read about them, even sent letters to them, but never met them, you might be able to be convinced that they weren't real. But what about a friend or family member? No matter what anyone said, you would never be persuaded that your friend wasn't real. Why? Because you know them. You've seen them, talked to them, had a relationship with them. You know they are real, because you have experienced them! This is how you can know God is real. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is real, because I have accepted Him into my heart, talked with Him, been comforted by Him, and had a relationship with Him. I cannot imagine life without Him. He wants that with you too.
I know right now you feel that He's forsaken you. Even though I have never doubted God's existence, I have had my own doubts about His faithfulness. Probably everyone here has at some point. We see seemingly hopeless circumstances, pain we can't understand, and wonder what kind of a God could allow it. Why won't He answer our prayers? The truth is, He always answers. But the answer isn't always yes. Sometimes it's "yes", sometimes it's "later"...but sometimes it's "no". It's hard for us to be able to understand why God says no to something so important and life-changing. But there is a verse in the bible that says "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Do you remember when you were a child and you wanted something very badly, but your parents wouldn't give it to you? (Or perhaps you've been on the other side of this.) You asked and begged and insisted you had to have it, but they still said no. At the time, you didn't know why, and you may have been angry at them. But they weren't saying no because they didn't care, but because they loved you so much, and knew it wasn't best for you. That is a picture of God as our heavenly Father. He delights in giving us good gifts, but He loves us too much to give us everything we want. I will be the first to admit that my first argument has always been "But this is different. This is something very important...we're talking about my life here! And the lives of everyone around me! I know being healthy is best!" No matter how hard I try, I can't understand why God would say "no" on this matter. But I trust Him. I trust Him because I know Him. I have seen His faithfulness, I have talked with Him, I have felt his love for me. I KNOW that He is good...even when I don't understand.
He wants so much for you to know this too. Even though you don't believe in Him now, He still believes in you. It hurts Him that you have rejected him, but He doesn't love you any less. He still has a plan for your life, even though that plan may be totally different than the one you had for yourself.
Another bible verse says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.I will be found by you," declares the LORD."
You may not get the answer you want, but He promises that you will find Him. And when you do, He will be more than enough. Though your body may have pain, your heart will have a peace and joy you have never known before. This peace only comes when you admit that you don't understand, that you haven't always lived for Him, and that you have sinned. If you ask Him to forgive you, to take over your life and teach you more about who He is, He WILL do it. There is no doubt, no catch, no work on your part. There is no saint to pray to, in fact God tells us not to pray to anyone or anything but Him. Because of Jesus, we have direct access to God. He alone forgives us, and He gives salvation freely. He died just to give it to you. And there is nothing you have done or ever will do that can separate you from His love.
I know this post is very long, but I hope you will think about it. This is the most important decision you will ever make, and I will be praying every day for you, that you will discover Christ and his love. That you will learn who He is, and experience his goodness and peace. If you have any more questions, or need help, let me know. If you should choose to accept His gift of salvation, I would love to know so I can pray for you and rejoice with you. My email address is bwelladjusted at yahoo.com. I will be praying for you. God bless.

 

martyr - October 15

Thank you all for your kinds words and inspiration. I'm feeling better because of it.

 

dolphin22 - October 15

All I can tell you is that I do not believe I would have been able to get through the past 5 years of my life if it wasn't for my faith in GOD. Just beleive... and allow GOD into your life, and you will feel much better.

 

katrinalove_1 - October 15

With out God in my life I wouldn't be able to deal with my fibro. I found a very good doctor with his help. I have pain but I do aerobic exercises and take fish oil supplements which help inflamation. I also started taking meds for this and also the meds should help my neuropathy in my feet. I know God helps me cope. He will help you also if you have faith in him. I also have kidney disease and copd but I still enjoy life even with some limitations. I use to clean the church and help other ways and can't do that anymore. Think positive there are new meds that cvan help you. Check with your doctor. God Bless You!

 

axxie - October 16

Hey Martyr, I feel for you and all of us for that matter. No is not fair that we suffer from Fibro nor for Cancer or any other problems. But life is such. Remember, everyone suffers from something, what bothers me is your outlook on life and your fibro. I know it's tough, I feel it, live it, and get mad over it, but I will not have my life consumed about God, prayers or a miracle. I am tough and I shall prevail. I do not look back, I merely look forward. I take things with a grain of salt, and I do not blame someone else, something or somewhere or myself for what happens to myself.
You are tough girl, duck down, keep your mind about you and go on. You can do it, I can do it, and everyone else can do it.
I have met tough people in my life and no one or nothing scares me. I battled many injustice in my life, but I would rather look forward and not reminiscent when I was! I am a new person with a new bag of tricks. It is for me to do as I please and I would rather look forward then look bad. I have a smile and true there are days I don't feel much about myself or my health problems. But I still get up and I try as much as I can to look forward. I don't pray for a miracle, I have been blessed in my life, cancer I have had, I wasn't suppose to live, but I did. The miracle is my treatment, my doctors and myself and my family. Those should be your miracle. Don't beat yourself over what you have, look forward to nice things in life, and forget the rough stuff, it will only make you depressed. Embrace life with open arms and take in the good and leave the bad.

Duck, hold on to your heart, and move forward.

Love to you.
Sandrivers

 

cancewicz - October 22

Pleae read "Footprints In The Sand" and you will know that God has not forsaken you. Also read and memorize Jeremiah 29:11in the Bible. Whenever you are feeling low say it. It works!

 

shaq - October 23

Hey, i hope u are feeling a bit better. i know how u feel, cause i have been there, and still some days go through the same feelings.i guess, you just have to accept it,it takes a lot of time and courage, especially with fibro when apparently you don't have a brokine limb, to say you seem to be physically fine. times when your own family starts to say, well it's all in your head. it is hard but i some how have learned to keep my mouth shut of what iam going through my worse days, cause they don't understand, it's me who is suffering with pain, all i need at times is some one good to vent to, who just listens with out judging me. it's very hard and you have to take one day at a time. i just found this site yesterday, i think it's amazing seem like we all are going through the same thing and we all understand. Wish u well.

 

rebel04 - November 6

"But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..."
Isaiah 49: 14-16a

Beloved, God has not forsaken you. Of course He wants us to do good works, but above all else he wants a relationship with you. He calls Himself Friend, Counselor.

I am currently involved in a Bible Study by Beth Moore at a local church. Each week we watch a video together. I can't tell you how timely this has been for me as I have wrestled with the same feelings you have expressed. Week 6 was a turning point for me. If you are interested you can purchase and download that one video session on the Lifeway website. I wish I could recap it all for you but it I would be writing too much and not capturing all that she is able to explain in God's Word.

In His love! ~CCN

 

Keturah - November 10

Martyr,
The words of bwelladjusted on October 14th are true and well tested. I have suffered with FM for 10+ years and had I not had Christ to lean on each day and his grace to sustain me I would have thought things were hopeless. No matter how difficult my days are I still have the joy and love in my heart that only knowing Christ as your personal Lord and Savior can bring. You have nothing to lose and a whole new life to gain.
I will be praying for you....Ket

 

Noca - November 10

I don't like God. God never gave a damn about people who DON'T want to exist forever. I wish to cease to exist, I don't want Heaven nor Hell.

 

Canada17 - November 10

I don't think I've ever really believed in God the way the Bible puts it.

The Bible is an absolutely amazing and empowering story. It was written by man though. I do believe that some of the things that happened in the Bible did actually happen but we have a tendency to glorify and embellish when we are trying to prove something is right and good.

I do believe in a higher power. I don't believe in coincidences, everything happens for a reason.

I can't deny the power of positive thinking, sometimes people just need to believe.

I find it interesting that you say you feel forsaken by God but you want to put your energy into praying to a patron saint for help. Why not focus that energy on you, pray to yourself, meditate. You say you're in a walker, why not do chair tai chi? If you're looking for something to believe in; believe in yourself.

 

bwelladjusted - November 10

Noca, I know you want to stop existing at the end of your life, so it can all just be over and done with. After a long hard life, many people probably feel that way. And for your pain-filled body, it WILL finally be done. But a soul is not something that can die, it will live forever, that much we are assured of. The only question is where our soul will live. None of us can even begin to imagine what heaven will be like, it is something more perfect than our minds can even grasp. But it is a place of eternal joy and peace, where we will love and forever be loved by God. Imagine the most perfect moments of your life. At the time, you probably wished they could last forever. Heaven will be immeasurably better than those moments, and it will last forever. I promise you, even though you can't imagine it now, it is everything your heart could ever long for and incredibly more. But it is a place reserved only for those who have accepted Christ. He created us for heaven, He wants us there with Him so badly He died a horrific death, but He won't force us to come to him. He longs for us, but He leaves us the choice. Those who reject Him will still live for eternity, but an eternity in hell. Just as heaven is a place of such perfection and joy our minds cannot even grasp it, hell is a place of such horror, terror and pain, it is far beyond what our minds could even begin to fear. The greatest pain we have ever endured here, the darkest most frightening thing we have ever seen on earth, will be nothing compared to that place. And it will never end.
I'm not here to try and preach fire and brimstone. In fact, if you knew me you'd know that I hate those sermons! They may be true, but accepting Christ is not something to be done out of fear. You think God never cared about you, but I can promise you beyond a shadow of a doubt that He absolutely does. He loves you more than anything. Ask Him. He will reveal Himself to your heart. If you have a Bible, or you can find one online, read the book of John and Romans to start with. Despite what Canada17 said, the Bible is God-breathed. Man physically wrote it, like a secretary takes dictation, but God inspired every last word. Lee Strobel has written many books such as "The Case for a Creator", "The Case for Christ" and "The Case for Faith". He was actually an atheist who set out to disprove God's existence, and in the process became completely convinced of His existence and salvation. His books are full of scientific and historical evidence to support that faith.
I would love to talk with you if you want. My email is bwelladjusted at yahoo.com. I will be praying for you every day.

 

Canada17 - November 10

bwelladjusted - the Bible was written by man, a man on drugs nonetheless, but it doesn't mean what is written isn't good advice.

You should be careful how you word your advice. It would be easy for someone to misconstrue what your saying into advocacy for an early termination of life. You said:

"I know you want to stop existing at the end of your life, so it can all just be over and done with. After a long hard life, many people probably feel that way. And for your pain-filled body, it WILL finally be done. But a soul is not something that can die, it will live forever, that much we are assured of."

You basically go on to say that if you accept Christ into your heart, your soul will live for eternity in Heaven, if not they to Hell you go.

Would God really be that spiteful?

The Bible should be taken at face value, they are stories to control people. Controlling people is an important part of ensuring a certain way of living. That is why we have laws and by-laws, most of which evolved from the 10 Commandments.

I don't deny that people who go to Church and believe in God have a unique way of turning hardship into something positive. But there have been many, far too many, horrendous acts committed in the name of God!

God does not make our pain magically disappear, though faith can do amazing things. Faith is a funny thing though because no matter what you believe in, you can manifest your own destiny, with or without God. A woman can exhibit all signs of being pregnant, even though tests prove otherwise, everything from missing a period to milk production, all she needs to to really believe that she is. Does that mean that she is pregnant? No, it means she's manifested the pregnancy and tricked her body into believing that she is pregnant because she believed so strongly that she was...

 

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