Psalm 25:16 - Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Does it ever feel like you’re alone even when people are all around you? No one can look inside and see the hurt that you’re holding on to. You want to talk about it, but you’re afraid what kind of reaction you will get. Sometimes, we must take the risk and let someone into our lives. You still may hurt, but at least you know you won’t be in the battle alone. And don’t forget Jesus will never let go of you and he is always by your side through all of your pain. Do you ever feel alone even with people around you?
Psalm 38:4 - My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
Guilt can be a heavy weight for those of us who suffer from chronic pain and illnesses. Someone else has to pick up the slack we can’t carry. And usually it’s our family. How do I combat not only my guilty feelings, but also keep my family from feeling resentful? Express my gratitude more often. Even in the small things. Gratitude can lift off our cloak of guilt and uplift our family’s hearts. Do you have feelings of guilt because of your pain? What have you done that’s helped your family see you’re grateful for their help?
Isaiah 43:18 - Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
I often think about how I would have done things differently in my life. My eyes are colored with regret if I allow this train of thought to continue. I can’t “what if” about my life. I must remember the past is the past and in the future I can have hope if I believe God can turn it around for me. Do you regret things in your life? How have you moved forward away from your past? I’d love to hear from you.
1 Samuel 16:7 - But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
I may not be a beauty queen, but I’m always beautiful in God’s eyes. Remember that when you try to lose weight and are exercising ‘til the cows come home. It’s easy to get zealous about losing weight and being at a healthy weight is important. But we have to try to not just make it about losing weight, but becoming healthier. That way you won’t become so discouraged when the scale doesn’t move. Do you struggle with believing you’re beautiful? Let’s talk about it.
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.