A reason for hope: He is risen!

Happy Good Friday, friends!

Do you struggle to be consistent, positive and hopeful?

I do.

I haven’t posted on the blog in two months. I’m still struggling with some health issues, which are overwhelming at times. In fact, because I have an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s, a hypothyroid condition), my doc decided to test for other autoimmune diseases last week. People with one autoimmune disease are more likely to have others.

I tested positive for ANA (antinuclear antibody). ANA is present in most people who have lupus, but not everyone who tests positive actually has lupus. The doc has referred me to a rheumatologist in Little Rock for further testing and evaluation, and I’m still waiting to get an appointment. (I tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis last week, but I seem to be developing osteoarthritis.)

I don’t want this blog to be about my health, but you need to know that my health struggles are an ongoing source of concern for me and my family, and a source of exhaustion and frustration for me in particular; it means I struggle to concentrate and stay focused on what I’m writing, so I’ve started and stopped many posts many times.

(I also live with a dude who’s had an autoimmune disease since the first year of our marriage, so there’s that.)

With every post I write — especially when I haven’t posted in weeks — I struggle with whether to bring up my health, because that’s the main reason for the inconsistency.

And I struggle to stay positive. I struggle to get out of bed every morning, and to put one (injured) foot in front of the other.

So let’s look at the very best reason to stay positive and have hope:

HE IS RISEN!

Today is the observance of Good Friday, the day our Lord Jesus was crucified.

On the third day after the crucifixion, He rose from the dead.

He died and rose for ALL of us, no matter what race, color or creed.

Those sins you’ve struggled to conquer? He conquered death so you could rely on HIS power and strength, not your own.

That disease or family problem or job strain or those money woes you’re stressed out about? He has overcome the world and, while we still have to live in the world, that’s not the end of the story.

His death gives us HOPE because He has promised us a future, if we will believe in Him.

If you’re not a believer, you can become one this instant.

Admit you’re a sinner in need of the Savior’s forgiveness, grace and mercy. Turn from your sin and hand him the reins of your life.

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Yup. You have to relinquish control. And that’s nothing to worry about; it’s actually FREEING. You have Him there to lead and guide you, every step of the way.

He died for this. He died to give us hope and a future.

I celebrate this fact with you today, because it’s the only thing that can get me out of bed some days.

HE IS RISEN!

Jesus is Lord, and He is alive and living in the world today, even when it seems crazy to believe that.

I pray that this brings you hope on this very Good Friday, and may you go out and give hope to someone else this weekend.

HE IS RISEN!

Blessings,

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Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley, writer • editor

Writer, editor, blogger. I love books, baseball, Bruce and Jesus, not necessarily in that order.
  • Trina Welch says:

    I love you sweet friend and I will keep you in my prayers for total and complete healing!

  • Suzy Taylor Oakley says:

    Thank you, Trina! The Lord is sustaining us. It’s what I cling to — and good friends like you. 😊❤️