When we have chronic illness in our lives, it can seem to take the focus away from almost everything else. Just lately I have been feeling overwhelmed by problems I see in my life and just the daily-ness of living with chronic pain. It just doesn’t let up to give you a break.
This negative mindset, while it might be understandable, is not really helpful. It can really get me down. Even though my life may be limited by chronic illness, I need to stop and remind myself of the blessings that are still a part of my life.
Someone suggested to me a few years ago that I keep a Blessing Book. Somewhere where I could keep short reminders of all the good things God does in my life. A simple book that could be pulled out when I felt the need of some encouragement, or a reminder that God has never forgotten me in my pain- He is still caring for me.
As I “count my blessings” I am able to see just some of the good that comes from my illness and pain:
- a greater closeness and dependence on my Father God
- a greater appreciation for encouragement
- people I wouldn’t have met or heard their stories
- things I wouldn’t have had time to see before
- lessons I wouldn’t have learned – even if they may be hard.
There are still many negative things about my situation, but if I take the time to look for the blessings and focus on them, my life is not so overwhelming.
In acknowledging these blessings and the difference they make in my own life, I also am encouraged to look to see who I can bless on their journey. I believe God gives us great opportunities to be a blessing to each other, but if we focus only on our own situation, we may miss those opportunities.
I pray that I might not miss them.
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the blessings God brings in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the .