2 Chronicles 20:17 - You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.
There are many battles that we fight every day.
We battle to make it through a pain day.
We battle with our bodies to make them move.
We battle to exercise when we really don’t want to.
We battle with our food choices.
We battle with our minds to believe we can overcome chronic pain.
We battle to open our hearts to others.
We battle finding encouragement to try something new.
We battle with our internal organs to function normally.
We battle with our mind and to not let the negative take over our thinking.
And we battle to stand firm and not retreat and erase what we’ve accomplished thus far.
Chronic pain and emotional pain often walk together. It’s a battle to take that next step in our healing. We may fear the future when we learn that this is not a temporary battle, but one that will last for years.
To lift us up out of the mire of discouragement we must push forward. We must give each day all we have.
So what are some things we can do to prepare ourselves for battling chronic pain and depression? Select the link that follows to watch a short video entitled, “Depression and Chronic Pain Video – Treatment, Symptoms and Causes.”
Also from spine-health.com, in their article, “4 Tips to Help Cope With Chronic Pain and Depression,” you'll find four ways to address chronic pain influenced depression.
As you step onto the battle field remember as the Bible verse above says, you won’t have to face it alone. God will be right beside you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.