Proverbs 14:29 - A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
When I’m in pain or sick I often find that things irritate me more than when I’m feeling better. I even get irritated at my dog, when I’m walking her; if she’s taking what I feel is too much time to find that “right” spot to relieve herself. Do you become irritated when you’re in pain and what kinds of things irritate you?
Isaiah 21:3 - At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
So much hurt and pain surround us. We hear about terrorist attacks abroad and in the U.S. Watching everything unfold whether it is in the newspaper, on TV, or on the internet can cause our physical and emotional pain to increase. What do you do – stop looking at the news so much or maybe even not at all? How can we find peace in the midst of the storms raging all around us?
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1 Peter 4:12 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
With all of the tests and treatments we undergo, plus the various prescription drugs we try, do you ever feel like a guinea pig in a lab? I know I do sometimes.
Job 17:7 - My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.
Losing a loved one or friend through death can be difficult to get past. If you’ve lost someone, what helped you the most to find peace and how did you move beyond grief and walk back into the events of normal life?
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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.