Saturday, December 17, 2011

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

What is good about this disease that I can call my own? Or better said how will God use it in my life for good? In the beginning I would not believe that God had a way to use something so horrible for good. It seemed so contrary to my way of thinking. I could not come to this pain and think how it would be used for good in my life. I could not see it. But as time goes by I can see how I have changed because of this trial that I have and am going through.

1. I have compassion for those who suffer. When someone shares their pain I have learned to care and not take it lightly. I have learned to imagine the best I can what they are going through and take them seriously.

2. I have learned to endure. Endurance is a good thing in and of itself.

3. I have experienced the unconditional love of a good man. Any man can stick with a woman when life is good and bright and cherry. But it takes real love to stand by someone when they are weak and in pain and constantly calling on you to be their strength and care for them. It takes love to stand by someone when day after day they are a problem and sometimes a problem that they can do nothing about. I see that kind of devotion in my husband.

4. I have felt a closeness to my Lord that I don't think I would have known had not I needed Him so much. He has been there in the darkest moments. And I have known His presence.

5. I have a first hand experience of what nerve pain is like. This gives me a clearer picture of His nail pierced hands and feet and the pain of the thorns being pressed down into His head. I have no control over what I feel but my Lord went through that pain willingly for me. I love Him all the more for this.

6. I am glad for heaven, because in heaven there is no pain.

7. I understand what it is to really fear something. I never know when the pain will strike or where I will be. And I understand what it means to take that fear and turn it into trust in God.

8. I have learned to pray for others.

9. I have learned humility.

10. I have experienced the love of others, over and over again.

11. I have learned not to fear the future. Only God knows what the future holds and the worst thing I can do is allow myself to imagine what it might be.

God truly uses all He puts into our life to bring good. Not always easy but always good.


  1. Hello, I too have been diagnosed with TN and came across your posts and was touched by your words and prayers. I am also a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and know he always has a plan.. I wanted to share some info I recently found online with you... one is, just type in trigeminal neuralgia, people have gotten symptom relief from vit b12, omega 3s etc... worth a shot to look into, Also have you gone to a NUCCA chiropractor? look that up as well, and one more thing I came across was a Dr Shahinian who does a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery that has helped many people.Just thought I'd share... May God bless you with sustained peace and no more face pain! :)

  2. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate the website. I have enjoyed looking at it and will go back to it again I am sure. I have gone to a NUCCA chiropractor. I went for about three years. He did help some but also set me off once on a bad bout. I like the chiropractor I am going to now. He takes a more holistic approach, nutrition, light therapy, cranial work etc....
    How long have you had TN? Is it bad? I will pray for you.

  3. I'm so grateful for this post! I really appreciated reading it, and would like to always cultivate this mindset in any situation I don't feel initially happy about. Thanks for sharing, Peggy!