Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Hope

Dealing with daily chronic pain, hope can seem so far away at times. It can be aggravating when people, that do not know what you have to endure, say such things as "it'll get easier", "hope you feel better soon." The fact is, this pain will never go away. It's just learning how to deal with the pain that helps. But, we all have bad days (don't beat yourself up about it either).
When hope seems lost, it feels like you are drowning in a sea that is carrying you further and further away from shore. When I feel this way, the only proven cure has been reading passages in the Bible. Here are a few that I enjoy:

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you will be full with hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Setting goals can help us feel the hope of tomorrow. By setting small goals it will give us the sense of accomplishment. When writing out what you want to achieve, or something you want in life, make sure to set those smaller goals before the bigger ones. This progression, cognitively, provides positive reinforcement toward living a fulfilling life. By setting goals you are an active participant, it's too easy to just expect life to turn out how you dram it will.

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.  Proverbs 10:28

Hope is living the changing seasons; through this tough winter we have hope that there will be a spring. Giving and believing in hope helps us to endure and cherish the life that we live. The pain I feel both physical and mental has contributed to my depression and thoughts of suicide. However, I hold onto my faith and hope for the day that I will no longer feel pain and God wipes away the tears (Revelations 21:4).

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1