✌ recommended ₒ Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness to read ̮ Author Maureen Pratt ᾯ

✌ recommended ₒ Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness to read ̮ Author Maureen Pratt ᾯ ✌ recommended ₒ Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness to read ̮ Author Maureen Pratt ᾯ Why Me You are my witnesses, declares the Lord,And my servant whom I have chosen,so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.I have revealed and saved and proclaimed I and not some foreign god among you.You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, That I am God Isaiah 43 10 12, New International VersionThe first days and weeks after being diagnosed with a serious, chronic medical condition are full of questions Indeed, it is almost as if we have become children again, having to learn how to live by a new set of rules and how to exist in a new and frightening world This parallel continues to the questions we ask, chief among them, Why We try to think of whom or what we might have come into contact with that would have infected us, or what mix of genes and environmental factors combined to bring about our illness Was it something we ate Something we did Something someone else said, did, or didn t do We comb through medical information, looking for answers And we lift our queries to the heavens, asking God, as our Father, the same question we posed to our parents who told us to do things we didn t want to do like chores, or sharing a toy.Why me Now, in our seeming adulthood, we probably add many words to this question when we direct it to the Lord Of all the people on the face of the earth, why did this illness strike me Surely others are less diligent about keeping healthy Surely others have time to be ill What about my faithful following of your teachings, Lord Doesn t my belief in you give me an edge over those who have fallen away or, worse, have refused to listen to you And, if you had to bring illness into my life, why did you give me something so terrible A cold, a few headaches, the gentle physical manifestations of growing a bit older these I would have borne in relative ease But this My Lord, because of this illness, my life has been turned upside down Oh, it s true that I haven t been feeling well for a while But my plans for the future, my careful financial planning, my close relationships are all affected by my malady And for what purpose Truly, before this illness, my life was going along so well Why me We wait for a response from the Lord, but his answer eludes us So, we keep asking, just as we did when we were children But remember what our parents used to say in response to our questioning their requests It might even be what you say to your children under the same circumstances Certainly, it s the answer that God provides us with now.Because I said so.Indeed, God does not have to reveal his reasons for drawing us down the path we re on At least, not yet He is omnipotent, over all things, including ourselves He is the ultimate parent, his way is the highway And he wants us to allow him to lead The time we spend questioning his motives, the less time we will have for embracing the experiences and insights reserved for us by the Lord.In this reading from Isaiah, God says he has chosen us to be his witnesses How wonderful that we are chosen by him, loved by him for our whole lives His special witnesses, in spite of, along with, our life altering illness Can we, then, mistrust him Question the way he is working in our lives Surely not Anything that comes from God is good And by our faith, our trust in him, our triumphs over adversity, and our love, we are living proof of this Father in heaven, you know the questions that weigh heavily upon my heart.Just as I rejoice that you have chosen me to be witness to your awesome might,help me move from childhood to maturity about my illness.Let me not resist your plan for me, but go willingly,proclaiming to all that you are God.Accepting Your DiagnosisFor sighing comes readily to me than food,and my groans well forth like water.For what I fear overtakes me,and what I shrink from comes upon me.I have no peace nor ease I have no rest, for trouble comes Job 3 24 26, New American BibleAccepting a diagnosis of serious illness is like peeling a pungent onion Even as we take off the layers of doubt, disbelief, and refusal to accept, our eyes well up with tears and our fingers tremble The onion is an unsettling element, being added with much discomfort to the stew of other ingredients that make up our lives The task becomes exceedingly painful, even excruciating, the longer we peel back the layers and drop them into the mix We d rather do without it But at this moment, our life s recipe calls for a complete onion, and we must continue When we reach the onion s core, finally, we are able to dry our tears and turn to the meal at hand So, too, after we can fully accept our diagnosis, we can cleanse our hearts for the time that lies ahead the time of tasting the onion flavored stew and benefiting fully from the new and healthful concoction that will nourish us in the days and years ahead.Before I was diagnosed with lupus, I held the firm belief that whatever was wrong could be dealt with quickly and effectively I remember facing one doctor and saying, So, you ll give me some medication and I ll be fine, right I truly had no idea how serious lupus was, nor did I fully realize what the diagnosis would mean to all aspects of my life Looking back on those first few weeks of coping with all the information I learned about lupus, as well as the seemingly endless and often painful tests I had to undergo and the medications I had to purchase and start taking, I realize that I didn t want to fully realize everything all at once.Indeed, accepting my diagnosis of lupus took a long time During that period, I did a lot of sighing and groaning as I adjusted the many facets of my life to accommodate the changes lupus brought to them When I could no longer hide my hair loss, I bought a wig, threw it on the floor in disgust when I couldn t immediately fit it on my head without thinking it looked fake and picked it up, brushed it off, and tried again I insisted upon pushing through excruciating lupus fatigue in an effort to somehow prove that it could be conquered and discovered it could not I told people I was fine when I really wasn t and felt resentment when they weren t as sympathetic as I thought they should have been.During this journey with lupus, I have learned that some amount of denial can be surprisingly healthy in the immediate wake of a diagnosis If we accepted the complete scope of serious illness all at once, we might fall into a shock so profound that we d be unable to move along toward a healthful life So, instead of being overwhelmed, we peel back the onion, feeling the sting of the tears as we do so, and accept our diagnosis piece by piece until we are able to accept it all and be the better for it O Lord, please help me in my unbelief.As I work through the reality of the illness from which I suffer,let me be ever mindful of your hand upon me.Let me see the truth of my life and accept what you have given me,so that I may make the most of all,for the continued strength of my body and souland the glory of your name.LonelinessDo not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you He will be with you he will neither fail nor forsake you Deuteronomy 31 8, New Living TranslationImagine you are hiking with three of your loved ones in a dense mountain forest The trees birch, pine, and oak are so thick and rise so far above your head that they obscure the far off sun Beneath your feet, the uneven ground is strewn with rocks, withered pine cones, and thick tree roots as it spirals upward, making your way dangerous, even though the path is well defined Here and there are marvels of God s handiwork a waterfall cascading down an embankment and into a rippling river, a delicate eggshell blue wildflower peeping out of the crevice of a rotten log There are forest birds, too, whose songs fill the air with shrill music And beyond all this, at the end of the path, you are sure there will be something even marvelous than this gentle unfolding of nature.Suddenly, midway up a steep part of the path, you hear a sharp crack Three forest birds streak across your view and away from the disturbance You think of mad dogs, bears, and wolves Your heart fills with fear But before you can reach out to your companions for safety, two of your loved ones run away, disappearing rapidly down the path, and the third scoots up a nearby tree In moments you are standing alone, with the sound of something terrible getting closer with each passing second.The feeling of utter loneliness is a bitter, fearful sensation that there is no one to turn to, no one to be with you at your time of need When you were diagnosed with your illness, you might have experienced this Perhaps a trusted loved one didn t believe your diagnosis or accused you of doing something to bring it on You feel a rift now, at a time when you most need the comfort and safety of a friend.After your diagnosis, you continue to experience loneliness People you thought were friends move away from you, especially as your illness makes it difficult for you to be energetic and sociable Your spouse becomes physically and emotionally distant as your body changes and the illness affects your appearance and personality, he or she might even begin to wonder if the marriage will stay together This insecurity about your future, even if you took vows of for better, for worse, can be terrifying Not only do you feel lonely in the moment, you fear a future of a marriage promise broken, a trust betrayed.Loved ones are not the only ones who might move away from you Coworkers resent your illness because they have to do your work as well as theirs when you can t be productive They separate themselves from you and you become isolated at work.Some animals prey on the weakest among them it seems as though some people want to figuratively treat you that way, too From insurance battles to getting the wheelchair to come to the airport gate when you arrive, you always seem to be alone and vulnerable In your illness, pain, and fear, you feel than loneliness You feel desolation.On the mountain forest path, alone and afraid, you are angry that your friends have deserted you But do you allow your mind to go blank from fear, anger, and resentment At this very harrowing crossroads, you have a choice to make If you want to continue in stark loneliness, you will continue to dwell on it, let it chase you down and tear you apart But if you want to forge your courage in the face of adversity and rise above despair to someplace better, you need to call upon something deeper and closer to your heart and soul than your very human loneliness.You need to call upon the Lord.Look inward and breathe deeply Ask for strength Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you He will be with you he will neither fail nor forsake you.The Lord is powerful than all our fears combined He created you and me He is with us through everything, through every step on our journey to the summit of the mountain.Out of human fear, your loved ones have run from the unseen peril that is closing in You cannot run from it, but you can face it with the courage that comes from belief in the presence of God in your life By your courage, you will show your loved ones and everyone you meet that you have no intention of letting your illness separate you from the creation God has made and from your beloved friends, family members, and colleagues.Staring down the monster, you intimidate it and it slinks back into the forest You shout for your loved one to come down from the tree You reach out to the other two companions who have run away You tell them, It s all right We ll be safe Come, let s continue on.And so, you do Soon the forest gives way to a smooth slab of granite forged from centuries of upheaval and weathering The view is spectacular Miles and miles of glorious azure sky and brilliant sun, deep green trees and glittering waterways It is the earth It is life It is peace And you made it here because you trusted in God to take away your fear, your loneliness.He has given you this wondrous gift of living to enjoy in spite of your illness.By his grace, you do And, best of all, you share it with your loved ones Lord, there is an emptiness in me that cries out for you.There are feelings within me of utter loneliness,as if the whole world has abandoned me.Take away my despair and let me feel your comforting hand upon me.For you are my Lord and Savior and you are my best friend.Now and always.Praise for Peace in the StormMaureen Pratt has done a masterful job of turning her own personal painful experience into a work that brings hope, comfort, and inspiration to others who are confronting physical, spiritual and psychological pain Her deep and abiding faith shines through every page of this important work.Rabbi Levi Meier, Ph.D., chaplain clinical psychologist, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los AngelesMaureen Pratts faith and courage grace every page of this book Each reflection is like a window into a very deep soul which has gone through a severe refining and is now accessible to us as a treasure This is a true gift to the chronically ill person and also a valuable resource for those whose problems in life are not physical.Rev Frank Desiderio, C.S.P. Global Peace Index Wikipedia Global GPI measures the relative position of nations and regions peacefulness The ranks independent states territories according to their levels is a report produced by Institute for Economics IEP developed in consultation with an international panel peace experts from institutes think tanks data Institute Analysing Explore Vision Humanity complexity its causes interactive maps on our platform Peace FM Online Ghana News Latest Ghana News, Visit breaking news feature stories Also entertainment, business, technology health IMAGINE PEACE Think PEACE, Act Spread PEACE RELAX YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK new public mural created Yoko Ono Washington DC, transforming nearly , square feet exterior bustling Union Market into one s signature textual artworks imagined piece specifically this location hope that it might compel us step outside daily lives consider power United States Peace USIP was established Congress as institution devoted nonviolent prevention mitigation deadly conflict abroad Carnegie Endowment International There will be many issues at play when Russian US presidents meet G leaders summit Buenos Aires Our Russia provide insight Kremlin game plan Find With God Bible says, God so loved world He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ whoever believes Him shall not perish, but have eternal life John A Separate Knowles Aubrey Menen I best written, designed, most moving novel read years Beginning tiny incident among ordinary boys, Quotes Inspirational Quotes Quotations Live Life One Day Time Peacefulness inner sense calm comes becoming still Flags Creating visual dialogue White Flag oldest known symbol devised flag design white mentioned uses going back AD originally recognised surrender, truce or ceasefire Pathways Pathways Laying Groundwork New Focus Prevention Inclusive Approaches Preventing Violent Conflict joint study United Nations World Bank originates conviction part both institutions attention community needs urgently refocused Is Every Step Path Mindfulness Everyday Lucidly beautifully contains commentaries meditations, personal anecdotes Buddhist Nhat Hanh experiences activist, teacher, leader Fellowships Rotary International Through academic training, practice, global networking opportunities, Centers program develops who become catalysts resolution These fellowships cover tuition fees, room board, round trip transportation, all internship Inner And Wellness Center Are you looking better your find Come Hamburg Inner Center, where can relaxation rejuvenation through different modalities Chris Pratt Christopher Michael born June American actor came prominence his television roles, particularly Andy Dwyer NBC sitcom Parks Recreation which he received critical acclaim nominated The Curious Case Of Susan May BuzzFeed original DNA Mandella drastically than what made final cut film, said really dark character first few incarnations script Watch Tarzan Mate Prime Video Caught between two worlds, man orphaned African jungle baby raised apes has grown rule protect wild beasts, hero Charming Lake Lakefront BR Cottage VRBO Dec Charming Hurry make reservations now Freshly renovated inside re sided spring N VAS Aero Services VAS Services leading provider aviation parts services We help keep airlines flying around Whether landing gear commercial jet, component latest turbofan engine, we offer numbers customers globally Classmate Profiles Pacific High School To join site click name above If added please contact Royal Navy RN Officers P unit histories Lieutenant Place, commanding Midget Submarine X, along Cameron, nd September Kaafjord, Norway, carried out daring successful attack German Battleship Tirpitz WeSmirch Jennifer Aniston Doesn t Need Happy Ending reach Aniston, drive up up, then announce yourself gate opens onto field gray pebbles sprouting symmetrical treesA procession stone slabs leads like bridge massive bronze doors otherwise solid facade Guardians Galaxy film Guardians retroactively referred Vol superhero based Marvel Comics team same name, Studios distributed Walt Disney Motion PicturesIt tenth Cinematic Universe MCU directed James Gunn, wrote screenplay Sacramento Bee Searching jobs hiring area Use Bee job search engine way Find employers near quickly apply openings obituaries SierraConnection SierraConnection perfect place list obituary notice Get connected others round, touch also chat live others, discuss post topics discussion forum, buy sell, barter trade classifieds section, events such births, birthday celebrations, weddings, anniversaries El Camino School Class Sacramento, CA This official web El Carol Burnett IMDb entertainment enjoyed five decade love affair comedienne singer Carol A peerless sketch performer delightful, self effacing personality rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball carrot topped Queen Television Comedy, WA Death Notices Archive April, May, WA Nicole Manifesto Citizen Therapists Democracy Against Trumpism Manifesto Signers closed Public As psychotherapists practicing States, are alarmed rise ideology Trumpism, see threat well being people care democracy itself Please classmates recruit them missing information friend list, label Missing Classmates column Burnett, Actress Annie Search Archives using Box Northeast Alumni, Philadelphia, PA Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness


    • Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness
    • 4.1
    • 312
    • Format Kindle
    • 352 pages
    • 0385510799
    • Maureen Pratt
    • Anglais
    • 07 June 2017

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *