An organic community of Christians who encourage one another to LIVE whole and holistically for Christ in spite of chronic pain.

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We are so glad that you have found our little corner of the Internet. It has become a church home for many of us. We hope you, also, will soon find this to be a safe place.

Our special community is a place where we offer Christian love and genuine encouragement to others who, like ourselves, desire to LIVE WHOLE in CHRIST and holistically in body in spite of chronic pain and illness. We are a network of friends who are on a common journey in life.

We are people who will really "get you”.  We can promise to sincerely listen to you with our heart and then we will share our own stories all the while healing with you. We can inspire you, pray with you, and hope for you!

REBUILDING WELLNESS BY SUE INGEBRETSON - click on the title to read more

Passion UP Now!

My friend and colleague Prudence Sinclair is going to share her personal brink of death story that transformed her life into one of passionate purpose. She’s assembled others who have their own stories to share of how to live life full out – or as Prue says, Passion Up!     Please check out this […]

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What Are Your Fat Hormones Saying?

Have you been told that fat cells are sorta like bubble wrap that you wear? Benign and annoying? They’re annoying all right, but far from benign! Your fat cells speak in code and the hormones they release tell a fascinating tale. Pay attention if you have fibromyalgia, chronic illness, diabetes and/or thyroid dysfunction paired with […]

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A Tribute to Jack Norman, as we all loved and respected him. A note he wrote in 2011:

When I'm feeling alone, lost in pain and wondering what the future holds my mind betrays my faith and takes me on wandering paths of worry and fretting. I'm amazed that after decades of constant care in the loving hands of Christ I still have seizures of doubt. Makes no sense at all. God has revealed His faithfulness so many times and in so many ways it would really take more effort to not believe than to believe. I guess it is just a fragment of human brokenness that I still have to deal with.

 

When I keep my thoughts in the Spirit it is clear that if we want to know what will happen in the future we only need look to the past. Would a God who has been closer to us than our breath suddenly disappear? Would the One who has always come alongside to sustain in weakness be absent when needed? Or would the One whose provision has been perfect leave us lacking and in need? ... I don't think so. Aren't we beginning to see that God's faithful history with us, even when we were running from Him, shows pretty clearly what we can expect in the future? He never changes. There is no shadow of turning in Him. Our future is as certain and secure as the future of Jesus Christ; in Him we live and move and have our being.

 

When we walk in the Light of Jesus Christ and belong to Him the old fears are no longer relevant. His Life is ours, and so His strength, peace and joy. What does the future hold? What is the future of Jesus Christ? There is where we will find answers for our own future and the confidence to live and face each day regardless of the difficulty and pain.

...was Solomon in all his splendor ever adorned as one of these?...was Solomon in all his splendor ever adorned as one of these?

Another note from Jack; The Lord is strong in us as, even in our weakness, we continue to stand in faith and love in Christ Jesus. So thankful for each of you. The thought of you and your faithfulness in trial encourages me and stirs my faith to overcome. Much love to each.
Jack

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TIP ON USING BREATHING AS PAIN CONTROL

To prepare for any chronic pain coping technique, it is important to learn how to use focus and deep breathing to relax the body. Learning to relax takes practice, especially when you are in pain, but it is definitely worth it to be able to release muscle tension throughout the body and start to remove attention from the pain.

Coping techniques for chronic pain begin with controlled deep breathing, as follows:

Try putting yourself in a relaxed, reclining position in a dark room. Either shut your eyes or focus on a point.

Then begin to slow down your breathing. Breathe deeply, using your breathing like you are filling a glass of water into yourself. Start filling your belly with the breath and then into your chest and then emptying it from your chest then emptying your belly to get a full breath so you can get more oxygen into your blood system. As well as getting rid of any stuck stagnant air all the way out.

If you find your mind wandering or you are distracted, then think of a word, such as the word "Relax," and think it in time with your breathing...the syllable "re" as you breathe in and "lax" as you breathe out. Another word that is better as it focuses on Christ is the name of God by breathing in YAH and breathing out WAH (Yahwah).

Continue with about 2 to 3 minutes of controlled breathing.

Once you feel yourself slowing down, you can begin to use imagery techniques. Such as closing your eyes and imagine Jesus sitting beside you holding your handand comforting you, or holding your heart. Angels surrounding you or even asking the Lord to give you a vision that he chooses to comfort you to focus upon.

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Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals

When Illness is Subtracting Part of Life is Less Really More

It can be irritating to hear someone tell us how grateful we should be because life could be much worse. Or that our losses are blessings in disguise. Vicki looks at how God defines ‘less.’ “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That […]

How to You Participate in Life When Ill?

Even during the best of times with our comprised health we must make plans to accommodate our disease. Laura shares. “And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it […]

What is Your Life Magnifying? We all Magnify Something.

When you have an illness, you experience fatigue and pain. But we still must choose just what our life will magnify. Lisa shares. “And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord'” (Luke 1:46, NIV) And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord'” (Luke 1:46, ESV). About 15 months ago my husband was laid off of […]

"ENCOURAGING WORDS" ~ DENI'S DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR LW

Finding What You Are Looking For

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The thing most noticeable in my life right now has been my descent into negativity. 


And I’m realizing that what we focus on … is exactly what we find?  Expecting the worst?  You just might find it.


What a black hole that is!


And once I find myself there it is very hard to dig myself out. 


I guess like most jobs, you just need to find the right tools. 


Thankfully, God is leading me to them. 


I think of the verse in Ephesians about taking off the old man and putting on the new. 


You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth. Ephesians 4 22-24


In this case, it's taking the old thoughts and replacing them with new. 


My "go-to" negative lately?


My situation is impossible. 


There is no way out. 


Repeat that over and over a few hundred times and you begin to see it as truth. 


The real truth?


My situation seems impossible to me. 


There is no way out that I can see. 


But even that smacks of negativity if I am trusting in myself to have the answers. 


So, what am I replacing those thoughts with?


God's word. 


And I am personalizing them. 


Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. 


But I say it to myself more like this. 


Trust me with every part of you, deni. Don't try to make sense of all that is happening. Just look to me in each and every situation.  Let me lead. Let me guide. Trust that I know best. Love, Dad. 


Say that (or your own take on it) to yourself several times during the day and watch how your mood changes. Every time that negative thought creeps in, counter it. Believe the new words. 


I know how rapidly my attitude began to turn around when I started this. 


I became more grateful. 


I starting thanking God more. 


I felt so much closer to my "Dad."


How could I not? The love and compassion He bestows on us through His word is astounding when we truly begin to take it in and believe it. 


Is all my negativity gone? No. Wish it was. But I believe it can and will be as I continue to read and trust in the love letter written to me (and to you!) by our Father. 


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