Ecclesiastes 2:23 - All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
You wake up in the morning and pain is waiting for you at your bedroom door. You go to sleep and wake up the next morning, and pain is waiting for you. Day in and day out, there it is. Living with chronic pain gets exhausting. But even if the pain is there, you can still find a reason for hope if you look for it. Can you find a reason to find joy even when your exhausted and in pain? Let’s talk about it. I’d love to hear from you.
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Sometimes, those of us who suffer from chronic pain and illness can feel like we have nothing to give. And if we see ourselves that way maybe the world does too. But we can show the world we have a lot to give no matter what our lives looks like. Be a caring and thoughtful person. Be the one person that listens, really listens. Stop criticizing others and encourage them instead. See yourself as alive and fun to be around instead of closed in. It won’t be easy, but make the effort anyway. Believe in yourself and in who God created you to be. Do you struggle with feeling like you have nothing to give?
Jeremiah 31:39 - The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah.
We teach others how to treat us. What we put up with really does matter. We are to give people a break sometimes, but we must be certain to set up good boundaries so that we’re not allowing others to take advantage of our kind hearts. Do you allow other people to cross over your boundary line and push their agenda onto you? How can that be prevented? I look forward to hearing from you.
Psalm 103:5 - Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
There’s so much in this world that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. I can’t let negative thoughts take over my life. I must try to find the good. When something difficult happens, I acknowledge that it happened, but also try to see something else around me that can bring beauty to my life. Do you struggle with finding something good in your life? I’d love to hear from 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.