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This Is News. This Is Not Truth.

Recently I had to have emergency surgery on my ears. And while the pain went away, there was a really loud constant ringing in my left ear that wouldn’t stop.

Finally I went back to the doctor and what he had to say was really hard to hear. The doctor told that there is significant nerve damage and I should be prepared this could be permanent.

I wasn’t prepared for the word “permanent.” Wow. That seems like a really long time to hear this awful noise in my head and not be able to hear everything else normally.

After hearing this news I reached out to my friends and asked for prayer. I was immediately flooded with prayers and notes of encouragement. One of the emails I got was from my friend, Shaunti Feldhahn. It contained one line that stirred me so much I just had to share it… “Lysa this is news. This is not truth.”


I’ve always thought of news and truth as one in the same. What the doctor gave me was news. Honest news based on test results and medical facts.

But what I have access to is a truth that transcends news. What is impossible with man’s limitations is always possible for a limitless God.

So, I find myself looking at the word impossible a little differently today.

Impossible when looked at in light of Shaunti’s note to me could be completely different if I just stick a little apostrophe between the first two letters. Then it becomes I’m-possible. God is the great I AM. Therefore He is my possibility for hope and healing.

I’m-Possible is a much more comforting way to look at anything that feels quite impossible.

I suspect many of us have things in our life that feel impossible. Maybe you just got some bad news. News of an impossible financial situation. News of an impossible job situation. News of an impossible kid situation. News of an impossible friend situation. News of an impossible marriage situation. News of an impossible medical situation.

Whatever news you just got or will get, I pray Shaunti’s advice helps you too. This is news. This isn’t truth.

And our reactions should be based on God’s truth, not our news.

This is truth:

John 14:6-“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Psalm 146:6—“He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them-he remains faithful forever.”

Isaiah 41:10–“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 73:23—“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.”

Psalm 32:7—“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

If there has been any comfort for me with this on-going hearing loss and screeching noise constantly screaming in my ear, it’s knowing that somehow God will use this for good. And that God will be my possible in the midst of what can sometimes feel so stinkin’ impossible.

Lysa admits that she, like most women, has experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or react somewhere in between. Emotions were meant to help you experience life, not destroy it! Order Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Unglued, today to begin experiencing breakthrough in your relationships.

Lysa TerKeurst

About the Author

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author, National Speaker, and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries. You can read her daily blog at www.LysaTerKeurst.com or hear her encouragement through the Proverbs 31 radio program played on over 1200 outlets. She loves that the first four letters of Messiah spell a "mess." All of the messages Lysa speaks and writes about come from her awareness of what a mess she can be. Most days you can find her writing from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband Art, her five priority blessings named Jackson, Mark, Hope, Ashley, and Brooke, 3 dogs and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.