Youth Renewed Like the Eagle’s

“Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1-5

Now that my 15 year-old son is recovering from Lyme Disease, I am waiting for test results to show whether or not I also have Lyme Disease.  (I had expected to know by now, but the doctors’ office lost the test results.  Grr. )  If I do have it, it will be the 7th case of it in our family in the last 4 years!  I started to have pain in my knees when my baby was about 6 weeks old, and that pain has now spread to most of my other joints.  I feel like I would expect to feel in my 70’s, not my late 30’s.  I am also dealing with extreme fatigue.  If I did not have 8 children to care for, I believe that I could sleep all day, every day!   It didn’t occur to me at first that it might be Lyme Disease, because I did not have the high fevers that were associated with the first 5 cases our family had.  However, when I saw that my 15 year-old definitely had Lyme Disease but had not had the high fevers, I realized that I needed to get checked.

It can be discouraging to go through health problems day after day, week after week, month after month, and sometimes year after year.  I am blessed in that my health problems have been relatively minor.  I have not had to deal with any of the really life-changing problems that face many people.  Still, there are times when I am discouraged by the fact that my health is not as good as I think it should be.  😉

My 15 year-old and I were listening to the radio in the car together Friday evening, and we got to hear the daily broadcast from Focus on the Family.  We got to hear the story of Duane Miller, who had mysteriously lost his voice and just as mysteriously regained it several years later.  In fact, we listened to a recording of him teaching on the verses quoted above when his voice was restored.  The recording was painful to listen to in the beginning, as it sounded as if he had a severe case of laryngitis.  However, as I listened to his voice being restored, I had tears rolling down my cheeks.  I encourage you to listen to the January 15th broadcast of Focus on the Family!

Duane Miller talked in the broadcast about the sovereignty of God.  He talked about how he had to come to grips with trusting the Lord for his voice.  The Lord, in His wisdom, allowed Duane to lose his voice and struggle without it for several years.  At just the right moment for His purposes, the Lord then restored Duane’s voice.  Duane has gone on to have a successful speaking ministry.

Nick Vujicic is another person who has faced tremendous obstacles in life – obstacles that would have stopped many of us.  I had seen him on YouTube before, but was sent this video again today.  Nick was born without limbs, but lives life to the fullest, encouraging others to do the same.

Whether I have Lyme Disease or not, whether I feel good or not, whether or not things are going the way I think they should, I can still praise the Lord.  And when I praise the Lord, He will help me to get through the day in a way that glorifies Him.   Regardless of how my body feels, my youth is renewed like the eagle’s when I praise the Lord!

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  • Jen says:

    It is amazing how much we take our health for granted; I was in excellent health/shape before cancer beaned me at age 40 followed by a muscle disease at 42. I have watched Nick Vujicic before and he is an awesome witness (not to mention a big help in putting your own trials into perspective :o) I hope that you and your son both feel better soon!

    • Beth says:

      Thank you! How are you doing now?

      Part of me feels that I have nothing to complain about. I have all my limbs. I have NOT been hit with cancer or the other “big” diseases. But it does get discouraging when I look at how much I have to do and how little I’m able to accomplish. However, I need to keep trusting the Lord and praising Him for what I CAN do!

  • Tehachapi Grandma says:

    You know I think of you often throughout the days and the nights and that I am praying for you whenever the Lords brings thoughts of you. And a frequent prayer for you is for the strength to do those things that a mother of eight needs to do. This morning I thought of you when I read Psalm 138:3: “In the day when I cried thou answerest me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” KJV’s “strengthenedst” just adds layers to the word strength; but it is strength in the soul, way beyond the physical strength for which I had been praying!

    Now I will pray, not only for you but for my entire family and for other loved ones, for strength in our souls!


  • Beth says:

    Thank you, Mom! I am feeling your prayers and have actually accomplished quite a lot in the last couple of days. 🙂

  • Glenda says:

    Beth I hear you there… I will pray.
    [Tehachapi Grandma] thank you for that verse (I also needed that one) and I guess I can count myself as being under “the other loved ones” category you mentioned so thank you for your prayers 😉

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