17.8.12

Finding Shelter {Living With Chronic Pain}

{This post today is for anyone out there living in chronic pain, whether it is arthritis or another disease. In case you missed the first post in this series, click HERE to read Hidden Pain.}

Go to God for strength. This verse has been a motto in my life during the struggles I've faced. I know what it's like to have my flesh fail, and whenever that happens, your heart is sure to follow. But what a great comfort it is to know that we don't have to rely on our own strength. In times when we are weak, He is strong! He is our strength, and always will be. Whenever you feel that you can't go on...go to Jesus. He is always there and his strength is waiting for you.


Find rest in His arms. It's okay to be weary. Believe it or not, it happens to everyone at one point or another! For those of you who face chronic symptoms daily, you know this feeling all too well. After facing severe pain levels for days, or even weeks on end...you get beaten down until weary is the only thing you know anymore. Jesus is waiting with arms wide open, waiting for you to come to Him and find rest. It's like finding peace in the middle of a storm, a calm place in the chaos. 


See the good in every day. This is so difficult! But I cannot stress how important this step is. For your heart, your spirit, your health. You might not see perfect days come around very often in your life. But not matter how horrible your days get, I believe that there is always something to be thankful for. Look around you, find something (anything!), and praise God for that blessing in your life. It might be family, a faithful friend, having a roof over your head, sunshine in the sky, or even something small that brings a smile to your face. Focusing on the good, will help you forget about the bad.

Don't lose hope. Struggling with a chronic disease can bring on severe depression in your life. The harsh reality and facts tend to hang over your head and bring you down. It darkens your mood, tears you down, and ends in total despair. This is dangerous and a scary place to be. Losing hope is never a good thing. Look to the future, find hope! In some place, in some one, in some thing. Just always stay hopeful! That hope is more powerful than you know and will keep you moving on and get you through the pain.

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Other notes on things that have been helpful to me...

-Write it down. Keeping a journal that you can go to whenever you need and vent, release, or simply just get it out. It's healthy, and always helps me to see it out on paper. 
-If you can no longer write (or type!) then talk it out. I know, not all of us are big talkers. But talking to someone and getting your emotions out is so helpful and better than keeping things bottled up. 
-Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Your life is happening right now, each day is a gift, and don't let it pass you by! Find ways to enjoy this life you've been given, as difficult as that task might be. You might have to get creative and try some new things, but fill your life up with things you love and enjoy, and let those things bring happiness into your life.
-Know your limits. Don't be shy, don't be ashamed to say no. There are some things, on some days, that you just won't be able to manage. And that is ok! Listen to your body.
-Your disease does not define who you are, it is only one part. It might seem to overwhelm you sometimes (or all the time!) but don't let your pain become who you are. Yes, it has a huge part in why we are the people we are today, but the definition of our lives? No...It shouldn't be that way. Explore your personality, embrace your individual character and uniqueness. Find joy in being the best version of you that you can be, and only let your pain be one part of your life.
-Don't let guilt creep in. Ever.

-More than anything...stay close to Jesus. Seek his wisdom, know his sweet comfort and peace. Keep your Bible close and run to it often. Inside you will find strength, understanding, guidance, love, and a safe hiding place from all your pain.

Love,
Marie


2 comments:

  1. Thank you! I needed this today... you are such a blessing!

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  2. Thank you sweet girl! You know my struggles this year and though many of these have been life-lessons for me already, I always fine that new journey's mean I need to learn them all over again in new ways. :) So this was a perfectly lovely reminder for me. And I needed that "don't feel guilt" and "it's okay to say no" items in your list especially. I'm not very good at either but I'm working on it. ;) Hehe.

    Thank you for your encouragement through these posts! :D
    Love and Prayers!
    ~Rachel~

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