Sunday, September 1, 2013

Invisible Illness Week

National Invisible Illness Week

"This annual event, started in 2002 by Lisa Copen, features a variety of ways to get involved including some chat sessions September 9-13 online with special guests."

Even though it says national, I know many others from around the world visit the website and take part each year. For some, it's being part of something new because you may have only just heard about it. For others, it maybe your first time that you can be a part because you have only recently been diagnosed.

Whatever your circumstances, know that there will be many things to learn about many different people who live with chronic illness.

The theme for this year is.....  "I choose to ________  ".  How would YOU fill in the blank?

"With nearly 1 in 2 people living with a chronic condition, about 96% of those people are suffering silently with invisible illnesses."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The best way to find love

The best way to find love... is to find God. God is love, love is God. To know God is to know love.

Some have said that we are all born with a "God-shaped place" in our heart that only God can fill. Nothing in this world can fill that place that only God can. Until that place is filled, there is no peace in our hearts. Many of those who have received God into their hearts can testify this to be true, including myself.

God first loved us (1 John 4:19). He knew you before you were born (Psalm 139:13-14). Love is patient, love is kind (1 Cor 13:4). So you can know that your loving God will gently show you the way. God wants us to seek him, reach out for him and find him, he is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27)

By reading the scriptures you will know the truth about how God loves us. The more we learn and know about God, the more we know about love and how to love others. Is that what you are looking for?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

God works for the good of those who love him

We cannot always see what is happening in our daily lives. Our circumstances may seem hard and unfair to us, or to others, but God knows and sees the whole picture. In this scripture from the book of Romans it tells us that in all things God works for the good of those that love him. It's sure good to hear, and believe, that God is watching out for those who love him, and teaching and helping us along the way, even if we cannot always see it at the time.

It also tells us that we have been called according to His purpose. God knows the master plan and has a purpose for each of our lives -- all those many individual, yet interconnected, woven-together and unique lives.  It is way too overwhelming to even try to understand how our mighty God can orchestrate all of us -- so we just have to trust our loving God that he is busy making all things work for the good of those who love him and to trust that we have been called according to his purpose. Yes, trust God -- I'm sure we just need to keep working on that.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Think about such things

There can be so many things we just don't understand, questions for which we cannot find an answer and we cannot always explain to others why things are the way they are. It is difficult to have peace when we think of such things as this.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers (and sisters) whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:6-9.

The peace of God transcends (goes beyond, surpasses) all understanding. Draw nearer, nearer, nearer to God, keep surrendering your struggle to Him and know and feel His peace.
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