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A grateful heart

Living with chronic illness is tough. It is draining and frustrating. When your pain level is high, it is hard to feel grateful. Personally I have found that if I turn my focus to the smallest of positives my mindset starts to change. Before long my pain level drops.

Having a grateful heart allows us to see more of the blessings we already have. It gives us the ability to tell a better story.

Take a moment

Take the time to enjoy all of God’s miracles. They are all around if you just cease the opportunity to look around. How often do you get to see a hummingbird perched in a tree? (Note- I took this photo in my

backyard yesterday morning)

Whether you are dealing with chronic illness, being overwhelmed, or any of life’s other downers you can still find positives. When we have grateful heart we open ourselves up to be able to taken in the beauty/miracles all around us. So, if we take a moment to just stop and take a breath we will find there are good things all around us. It could be a simple smile, someone opening a door for you, or just enjoying God’s beautiful sunshine.

Life is not always easy, but when we have a grateful heart we can all still find the positives. When we seek the positives, we discover our outlook can change allowing to keep moving forward and tell a better story. Miracles are all around us for us to enjoy.

Even baby steps move us forward

Each day we open our eyes is another opportunity to keep moving forward. Even the smallest of steps is a step forward. When dealing with chronic illness some days feel like you take one step forward and 5 steps back. Between dealing with the pain, the medications, and daily life it can be overwhelming.

Yet, the smallest of steps is still moving in the right direction. Just sitting up for a few minutes at a time is a start. Remembering to allow ourselves to have down time is important. Just because one day is bad doesn’t mean all days will be bad. I know from my own experience that sometimes I may only one day where my pain is at a 6 to an 8 most of the day, while at other times it is 4 to7 days in a row. Making it difficult to see end through it all. During these times I pray a lot and make sure I allow myself time to recover. Focusing on every little positive step allows me to remember that any movement is movement forward. It is important to flood our brains with the positives instead of negatives because as humans we tend to focus on the negative.

Life can be full of negative moments, but there are many more positive ones. So, if we focus on those we will find ourselves more able to deal with our issues allowing us to keep moving forward and overcome so much more. Every day we have the choice to allow the negative moments to take over or to focus on the blessings we are given every day.

Anything is possible

All we have to do is open our eyes and we can see all things He has created. If He created us and all things that surround us than how can we doubt that anything is impossible?

Have faith and hope because “Where there is faith, and there is hope, Miracles Transpire. ” No matter where we are or what circumstances we gave God is with us. All we have to do is ask Him. He loves us unconditionally and wants us to depend on Him.

Each morning I awake in pain facing the fact that I am disabled. Yet, I know that through every breath God is by my side. Even on the days I can barely get out of bed and requiring me to take extra medication just to move. He keeps me moving forward and helps me push through it all. Because of Him I am walking again instead of being in a wheelchair. Because of Him I am continuing to improve even almost 4 years out. They maybe baby steps but they are steps. Don’t give up hope because each day we are given is another day for a miracle to happen.

What hope provides

H-Honesty

Hope helps us stay honest with ourselves. Where there is a negative thought there are even more positive ones to help us focus on the truth of who we really are so that we can get back up, keep moving forward and tell a better story.

O-Opportunity

Hope always provides opportunity for us to grow. Even when we fail the first, the second or the hundredth time each time we get the opportunity to grow and keep moving forward.

P-Persistence

Hope gives us the push to keep going even when we falter. We get unlimited number of chances to keep going forward even when they are tiny baby steps.

E-Enthusiasm

Hope helps us stay enthusiastic even when we fall. It helps provide fuel for the fire that burns inside of us that helps us to keep moving forward and to tell a better story.