The Genuineness of Your Faith

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

I’ve been married to Dale for 33 years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about this man, not so. For two weeks straight I’ve watched him endure  the pain of a kidney stone, it was so great that he couldn’t sleep for 36 hours at a time. In his greatest hours of pain (Scale of 1-10, pain was a 10) I witnessed something indescribably priceless, he worshipped the Lord. He would pace for 10 hours straight glorifying his Lord and Savior.  I’m talking non-stop walking and praising!

Kidney stone  pain isn’t like a contraction where you experience great pain and then you get a two minute reprieve. It’s straight pain with no reprieve. With no reprieve from the pain, he worshipped. I would follow him while he paced the floor, you would have thought I would’ve been the one with great strength leading him in prayer, but he was leading me.

When the pain was  bearable he would turn worship music. When it was intense he turned it off, the only way to endure it was to converse with the Lord audibly in prayer. What a testimony to watch Dale suffer such a painful trial and see Jesus glorified and honored every hour of it!!

I saw in my husband a man stronger than I had ever seen before, and I thought I had already seen strong!  In his greatest hour of pain, he  remained unoffended at Jesus and embraced Him, all the more. Peter says that fiery trials test the genuineness of our faith which is of greater worth than gold. Trials  heighten our spiritual alertness and prepare us for greater purposes in Him.

Thank you for praying for Dale. The stone has been broken, but  hasn’t passed-yet.

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” I Peter 1: 6-7

  • Joanne Peterson said:

    I will keep praying for Dale and for you. This was a reminder I needed, along with the reminder of Hebrews 10 thru 12 I received this morning. Thank you for sending this even amongst your own suffering.



  • I'll keep praying for him. How inspiring he is.

  • shirley said:

    My heart and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

  • bonnie parks said:

    Amazing... I am so moved by the story. I will pray for Dale and everyone connected. Thank you for sharing. The stories u have written about help me. THANK YOU! I really needed to read this today!

  • Phil Monk said:

    Dale is an example and a blessing, I love him like a brother. Praying for your prompt healing.
    Press on, press on, press on.


  • Vonnie Kronk said:

    I will continue praying for Dale & you and Please Know my husband Dale went thru this like your Dale a couple months ago with a gallbladder stone! We have Also been married for 33 years!! My Dale is all better now & I know yours will be too soon. I'm so glad I found you & please Keep me in your contacts

  • Pat Kashtock said:

    Amazing. Poor Dale for the pain. I understand the worshipping. It is counter-intuitive, perhaps, yet really the only way

  • tamara said:

    Praying for your husband. I've seen my own love suffer and respond the same. The trials in life not only perfect our faith, but they reveal what's truly inside. I bet anyone who truly knows your husband is not surprised at his response in praise and worship.

  • Sam said:

    I love this, and I witnessed a similar thing when my Dad had his first knee replacement. Something you have to understand when it comes to my Dad - he professed faith, but wasn't really "into" church, worship, etc., when I was a child. To see him praising God and asking mom to pray while he did was an amazing thing. A real testimony to the the difference between professing and believing - and life-changing for me - because I know that he's never been taught to do so. It's just what came out of him!