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  1. Margaret Shearman
    June 24, 2011

    Great article! I often struggle with knowing what is true and what isn’t. My feelings are quite hypervigilant and want to be my guide. This is due to the many betrayals, some quite serious, that I have had in my life, so my body and brain work overtime trying to keep me safe. I am not paranoid just hypervigilant, and clarity is something I struggle with daily. My feelings sometimes get triggered to a past event and try to play themselves out in the present. It’s a lot of work sometimes. The good news is that having faith in God had made my life so much better when dealing with memories.
    For me, I have to stop awhile and rest fully in Him. Instead of trusting my feelings, I have to trust in Him. Scripture has helped a lot as I wait upon the Lord. This is all good for my mind but also good for my body because I also have to deal with physical pain and rest is what I need.
    Yes, this can be a process that takes more than a day or two to where I am feeling better about things, but it works for me. I spent so many of my years going so fast and furious. At times I had to due to situations on my life, but the pace has taken its toll on me. Maybe I was running from so much and now I am facing what needs to be looked at, but in this process, I am realizing what was and I am not alone this time around. I am facing things with Jesus, trusting Him to show me the reality of what was and then forgiving and then letting peace come into my life like never before.

  2. Beth
    June 24, 2011

    Kari: Your husband has given you a creative idea for those times when fear and doubt and other negatives take over your mind.

    I haven’t checked my two files made for a similar purpose for some time, but think I will do that again. One is full of jokes and funny stories. The other one has notes and cards from people I’ve received over the years that have especially given me a lift. Showing me specific ways I’ve encouraged others. Laughter is good like medicine, as the Bible tells us, and the notes, etc. remind me that God has been using me in the lives of others. That helps me counteract the lie that sometimes pops into my mind telling me that my life has been wasted.

  3. Kristina
    June 28, 2011

    I have been going through a very bad pain flareup and I can honestly say that I have had moments when my future seems very bleak. I do pray every day and give thanks to God every day for His many blessings. But there are days when I just can’t be positive about my life, when I throw a HUGE pity party and just don’t care. Luckily, these days don’t last long. I do recognized that God is teaching me lessons I could not learn any other way. My relationship with Jesus is the closest it’s ever been and for that I am eternally grateful. I just need to remember that before the pity party begins ;)

  4. Janice Neal
    July 1, 2011

    Hi Kristina. I am Jan and I too am going through a bad flare-up that started last night, didnt sleep much at all and still fighting the pain. I also have some days that I cant be positive about life and with this kind of illness/pain I think it can be understandable as long as we turn it all over to God. That is what I do. I pray to Him asking Him to change my frame of mind. I lost my husband awhile back and going through many adjustments so yes I do get pity parties. I think with belonging here and seeing others like ourselves going through the same thing sure helps me alot plus God does answer my prayers when I do ask Him to change my additude. I do not have any plans for the weekend so I see that they have opened up the chat room. I am excited about that because I sure have met some great people on that. :) Just wanted to post to you and tell you to hang in there and I will pray for you. Hugs, Jan

  5. Kristina
    July 2, 2011

    Hi Janice, thank you for your prayers. I will pray for you as well as you learn to navigate the new landscape of your life.

    I also want to thank Kari for providing this forum for us and for having the courage to share her experiences. You are all amazing people!

    God bless,

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