Job 11:18 – You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
Knowing you have to endure a painful sickness the rest of your life is difficult to cope with. You try to stay closed up in denial, but it doesn’t change anything. It still hurts. It still can destroy our happiness. It still follows us where ever we go. There’s no use in trying to escape it, because you can’t. Denial is not only fruitless, but can cause our illness to increase in velocity and strip away our inner strength. When you accept even negative things in your life, hope begins to bloom. Sometimes that hope miraculously heals us. Sometimes it doesn’t heal us physically, but it gives us the strength to not just endure our sickness, but to bloom a rose garden of beauty in our lives. God loves roses. He’s ready to plant them in our lives if we let him.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 - If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Letting people into your life can be messy. And yes, it can be hurtful. It can take away the safety we feel inside our sheltered dwelling place. But is it really living if we keep ourselves walled off from the world? How can the flower of deeper friendships bloom if no sun has a chance to lift the darkness off your path? It can’t. It may feel safer to stay out of reach from other’s lives, but it’s really no way to live. Reach out. Try. Ask God for the courage to share a piece of yourself with others. Then as you watch your garden of friendships grow, it will help you to throw out the weeds of fear and share more pieces of your life with others.
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.
Psalm 9:18 - But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Knowing you have to endure a painful sickness the rest of your life is difficult to cope with. You try to stay closed up in denial, but it doesn’t change anything. Denial is not only fruitless, but can cause our illness to increase in velocity and strip away our inner strength. There are no easy answers here. There are no ways to deny it away. It’s here to stay. But that doesn’t mean our life is over. That’s right – our life isn’t over. When you accept even negative things in your life, hope begins to bloom. Sometimes that hope miraculously heals us. Sometimes it doesn’t heal us physically, but it gives us the strength to not just endure our sickness, but to bloom a rose garden of beauty in our lives.
Luke 8:24 - The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
How can we find peace in the midst of the storms raging all around us? Whether it is the political realm or in our personal lives, it can bring us down into depression. There is a plan, though. Our world isn’t spinning on its axis alone. God holds our world together in the palm of his hands. So stop giving so much emphasis to what the media says and start to allow God to calm the storm in us even if everyone around us may be drowning in discouragement. But I need to heed my own advice. I need to find the courage to believe God’s in control and pass on that courage to those around me. Do you have trouble finding peace? How do you deal with all that’s happening in the world around us?
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Welcome to our first forum. Today’s discussion will try to answer the question: What is the best way for others to comfort you, and how are you comforting those you know who are suffering? Please remember to be respectful of each other and their comments. There are no wrong answers.
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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.