A Can-Do Spirit

My first night in uniform

I will often tell my kids that there isn’t a word like ‘can’t.’ The start of this year I began to practice what I preached, and joined our local Taekwon-Do training group. After I was diagnosed (in 2016) with Crohn’s Disease, I found that I would time and again say that I can’t do certain things, because I might get sick or I would make up excuses of painful joints and stomach aches.

God in His Word said that is not the kind of life He planned for us, by hiding away and not living at all. We read in the book of Timothy:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

It did however take over three years to come to this point in my life where I can step out confidently. Although, I’m sitting here typing with a sore body, I know that it is well worth while. God has brought me from the ICU bed in 2016 to where I run around with my kids, with a new outlook on life. God has told me that I can do anything, through Him.

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45 NIV https://luke.bible/luke-1-45


Published by juanitasamuels

I've recently graduated from Massey University with a BA in Creative Writing. I am a follower of Christ and wish to spread some hope in this world of ours. I live with my husband and two boys in Auckland, New Zealand.

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