Encouragement For Those Who Suffer From Chronic Pain
Inspirations for a Sunday…
I have a little book by Norman Vincent Peale, entitled Words I have Lived By. It is a lovely little book filled with many words of wisdom. I have turned to it time and time again over the years for encouragement.
This past week, I pulled out this little book yet again and found in the section titled “Pain & Suffering” many helpful quotations for those who live not only with the chronic pain brought on by illness, but with the every day pain of daily living brought about by this thing called “Life.”
My favorite quote from this little book is one by a medical doctor! Go figure!
“One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.” ~Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
As a sufferer of Chronic Late Stage Lyme Disease & Fibromyalgia, pain is a part of my daily life. But, it is good to be reminded that I can choose to channel that pain in a positive way. To reach out to others who might be suffering and to be a friend and an encourager. Not to get “Stuck in my own harsh reality” so to speak.
“The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.” ~P. Syrus
In the realm of chronic illness, it pays to keep a positive outlook, a grieving mind is much harder to bear than a failing body. Accentuate the positive. Even if that just means, I was able to get out of bed today and get dressed!
“Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.” ~ Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
A good reminder, that God has a plan for my life. His way is always best. I just need to trust in Him more fully for the unknown future. There is always a “Silver Lining” always.
“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.” ~ Paul Harvey
What can I add to that? I have always loved Paul Harvey. He just always had a knack for putting things simply and profoundly. Good to be reminded I am not the first to walk this path, nor will I be the last. I am not alone.
“When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Gotta love C.S. Lewis. He had such a way with words. I love to think of the love of God as a tincture. Healing and cleansing. How wonderful.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
“He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
God’s grace, His promises are all I will ever need to journey this path called life. For that I am so grateful.
Have a blessed Sunday. Keep encouraged.