Overcoming Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Learning to Excel with Chronic Illness – Overcoming the Blahs, Blues and Depression
An Optimist calls it the Blahs
A Pessimist call it the Blues
A person who is giving up calls it Depression
My Blog entry today is partly a method of therapy that I have learned to implement on troublesome days, and partly an attempt to help those who may be suffering through transition in their life due to illness, financial decrease, family troubles or any other circumstance that would threaten to overwhelm your Mind, Will, and Emotions.
It has been a very tough year for me, as my life is in a constant state of transition due Fibromyalgia and the Economy. When it comes to my job, I have always tried to follow the Bible principle that states, "whatever labor you do with your hands, do it with all your might". I have always tried to give more then was expected of me. I have always tried to excel beyond other people’s expectations for me. The chronic pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia has limited my abilities and at times I feel somewhat worthless. Some days I am not even able to achieve my own expectations, much less those of others. Feeling inadequate can definitely affect your mind, will and emotions. It is a constant daily struggle to remind ourselves that God can help us overcome, even in the worst circumstances.
When we are weak:
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
The Bible is my only solace on days like today, when I feel weak and useless. Learning to Excel when we feel like Crap is truly a battle for our will. God’s Word tells us that His Grace is sufficient to cover our Need. My Mind and Emotions are trying to tell me that I Need to stay in bed and hide from the world of my troubles. But God’s promise is that I can overcome the negative thinking and depressive emotions that cause most people to give up and give in to their problems, because it is not only illness that brings such thoughts and feelings, but any transition that takes place in our lives. Our minds and emotions do not like change. But change is the only constant in God’s universe. When we are suffering through transitions in life, we must remember that God can use our weakness to bring Him Glory. If we allow ourselves to be used of God, even on the days that our problems would overwhelm us, He will make a positive out of a negative. "When we are weak", God is able to show His strength to give us the power to overcome. What is your problem today? Is it an illness, a lost job or a dysfunctional relationship? As humans beings, we have a very narrow and limited view of life and we sometimes cannot imagine how God can work a miracle for us in our present state of being. The Bible assures us that God sees and knows all things pertaining to our life, and that He has the power to turn our weakness into His strength (if we are willing to abide in Him). God’s principles for living our lives are the only effective means of overcoming our thoughts, actions and motives. Here are three techniques to help rid ourselves of thoughts and feelings of defeat that can limit our ability to work on the tasks that need to get done (no matter how we feel).
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
God reminds us here that we cannot allow our thoughts of illness, needs, distresses, etc… to overwhelm us. We must take a firm stance in our own responsibility to control our own thoughts. Affirmative and Godly thinking is the beginning of the process that leads to victory over any circumstance. Control your thoughts instead of allowing them to control you and thereby affecting your emotions.
These verses are also a reminder that if we allow our emotions to control us, we are elevating our thoughts above the thoughts of God Himself. Are we smarter than God? No, we do not have the knowledge or foresight that God possesses. When we allow ourselves the "luxury" of negative thoughts and emotions, we are basically saying that God is not strong enough or smart enough to help us in our time of need. Our emotions take over when we neglect that God is in complete control and that He does have Love for us that gives us the power and the will to overcome. Don’t allow your emotions to hold you hostage. Take control of your emotions with affirmative thoughts and God will be able to give us His Power.
Will to Obey, Obey to have Will:
When we speak of the human will, we are speaking of a person’s active decision making process. How will you decide to function and live today> Many of us are tempted to give up when times get tough. This is due to human conditioning that we are essentially helpless and hopeless unless we have health, money and influence. You have been conditioned by life to expect less than God is willing to give you. God loves you and wants to give you Joy, Peace and Plenty. However, we often cannot receive God’s Best, because we feel like we are at our Worst. Controlling your Thoughts gives you power to win back your positive emotions. It is only when we have allowed God to rescue us from our selfish thinking and emotions that we then have the power to make positive decisions that can not only help us, but will also be a great influence on the people around us. Bring every thought under control that you may be on top of your emotions and actually accomplish something worthwhile today… Something that has eternal value.
What we learn here, and what I am reminding myself of, is the fact that we have to choose how we will think, feel and act each day. Will we give in to temptation and lay in bed thinking of our terrible problems and how they are not allowing us to function because we are so depressed. Or will we seize upon God’s promise of Victory through the process of controlling our thoughts, actions and decisions? God wants us to be happy, at peace and actively involved in steering the course of our life… Don’t let Anything stand in the way of your Blessings. Not Illness, Not Money, and certainly not the Actions and Decisions of other people. Take Control and Take Action to Receive God’s Blessings of Abundance.
I did not feel well when I woke up today. I did not think I could do my job. I did not have motivation to work and help others. I did not have anything positive to add to my life or the life of my family and friends until I reminded myself that God is in control and that He has the power to give me the complete victory over my Illness by learning what His Word teaches about the human soul and our responsibility to use His Strength to Overcome my thoughts, emotions and will… I Now have my day back and I feel so much better.
May God Richly Bless You,
Pastor Charles Beason
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