Psalm 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Finding a new physician takes courage. You may ask yourself questions such as will the doctor believe what I am experiencing? Will the doctor find a way to help me? Will the appointment go well? The bottom line – Will you find a doctor you can trust? You must take a leap of faith and make a move in the direction of trust. Do you know, though, that you’re not the only one who has to take a leap of faith? The doctor has to, also. He must have the confidence in the course of action that he has chosen will benefit you, his patient. It’s important to realize that you don’t have to try a new doctor on your own. God will always be with you. If you can’t completely trust your doctor, remember to trust in God and he can give you the wisdom to choose wisely.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
After battling chronic pain and illness for over twenty-six years, I’ve learned there really isn’t a “normal” for my life and if there was, I don’t want to live it. What I want is to be an encouragement to those who are suffering. I want to minimize how much pressure I put on myself and be who I am. I’m not going to get to that place if I keep wanting that “normal life.” I will find it by focusing on my world as a place where I can plant flowers to bloom in another person’s life. There are always ways you can do that, even if it’s only to be real in your world. Even if you think you can hide from your friends what your life is right, don’t try. They can still see what’s beneath you. They will also find a breath of fresh air by seeing you pour your life into others; and they’ll see you not giving up on how you can still be of use to those around you. God is the one who guides my life and he can also guide yours towards that goal.
Exodus 3:7 - The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”
Do you find days when you feel miserable? Would you like to know how to free yourself from those feelings? Be friendly to everyone you meet. Friendly people are hardly ever miserable people. Each person you cross paths with, give them the gift of a smile and hello. It may seem fake to smile at everyone when you don’t feel like it. But this is when the gift of a smile begins to clear out our miserable feelings by being friendly. I’m not saying that there won’t be seasons in your life where misery pulls you down. I’m talking about your every day walk of life. I had a friend who witnessed a terrible crime in her home with the death of her husband. She was young and had children to raise. But she decided that day that she could allow grief to last the rest of her life, or she could choose to find ways to lift her misery. And how did she do it? She learned to make other people laugh. And God honored her efforts. She found the more she smiled, the more real it became and her misery was lifted away.
Proverbs 14:30 - A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Jealousy and envy can chip away the happiness we have in our lives. This applies to not only our general lives, but when someone battles a chronic health condition. We can become jealous of the lives of people who don’t face this battle every day. I know they have some kind of battle they fight, but they may not find pain at every corner. We can also envy other people’s lives as we watch them leave for work or meeting up with a friend. Why do others not face the daunting life of pain? But you’ll never find peace or joy in your life if you keep looking at healthy people’s lives. You don’t know what’s really going on in other people’s lives. It may be that they are healthy, but perhaps a spouse or parent battles health issues. That can be like experiencing it in your own body because you hurt to see them suffer. We all have pain in our life one way or the other. Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to want someone else’s life. And remember that God sees everyone’s lives, including yours. Let him wash away your jealousy and envy and give you the goal of praying for the people you think are leading a healthy life, because God can give us the gift of thinking and praying for others no matter what their lives look like, and in return he will help your heart to feel joy.
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.