Posted by: bshelley | November 18, 2008

When I am Weak I am Strong?


Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. NASB

I know why this verse jumped out at me today. I unexpectedly had to go to the oncologist about an infection that puffed out the left side of my face like the Pillsbury Dough-boy. I am now on ten days of double antibiotics and they delayed my chemo until next week which means we had to push out the CT scan to mid-December. That’s the test that will give us some indication if the treatment is working or not. She then sent me to the dentist to get x-rays of my jaw to figure out why I have such a massive infection. He took one look and referred me to a specialist to do a tooth extraction which will entail my coming off of blood thinners for my clotting. I initially sat down to begin work on this at 8:30 this morning and it is now 3:30pm.  I have been at doctors offices all day, unplanned. Not that I’m complaining (ha). I was actually talking to the nurse at the dentist’s office about what a blessing all this has been. Alright, she thought I was kidding too. But really. I have never known such boldness and strength in my ability to witness in all sorts of places as I have since this all started a couple of months ago. When one finds themselves surrounded by people in all kinds of life threatening circumstances, it is somehow easier, or maybe more pertinent seemingly to discuss God and things eternal. It just seems to be an open topic, where before it always seemed to be a bit intrusive or cumbersome for me. You know what I am saying, “Hi nice car, by the way if you were to die tonight would you go to heaven, yes or no?” I always trip over that transition. But alas, now that I have cancer, it is like I have permission to talk about death and dying and preparation for eternity with much more ease and gravity. Sometimes even some humor. Even after another weird day of doctors and less than uplifting news, I am content. What changed was not my circumstances so much as my attitude. All of us have a date with death. Some sooner than others. I am being spiritually pruned by God right now. I am already better for it. I am certainly weaker, and as a result stronger. Be content in Christ today.


  1. Bryan,
    You are such an encouragement when we should be the ones encouraging you. You are teaching all of us how to handle adversity in light of God’s promises and I hope we can all pass the test when life presents it to us.

  2. It is prayer warriors like you who are truly the wind beneath the wings of the wounded. Thank you always for your love and encouragement. Bryan

  3. You certainly are strong, no doubt !! Can’t help but think of you when God Says.. Well done, good and faithful servent. He knows you have mulitplied your talent many fold. You are an encouragement to all of us. Keep spreading the news……Ruby

  4. Please Pray for Street Bullies In The Name Of Jesus Christ
    I Pray. Please pray for financial miracle Blessing from Heaven … for Work & Good pay for each Family Live on Same road I Live on. I pray God will over flow Blessing from Heaven. For each families. The Ones who are not saved In the Blood of Jesus will get save. I Pray For Peace, Love & Joy For each Family on same rode I live on. & please Heal each ones Health. Pray for Each Family Salvation. For each Families In The Name Of Jesus Christ I Pray… Amen… I Do Pray for Anger Kids Will Reach to God Hands For Peace, Love, & Joy That Jesus Christ Can Give to Kids…. I Have Faith God will provide People for Jobs. Heaven is not in no depressing. Pray In The Name Of Jesus Christ.
    Seek Kingdom Of Heaven
    Matt. 7:7, 8: “Ask, and it shall be given you

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