I woke up this morning with a creaky knee here, a stab of neuropathic pain there, and an achy back everywhere. I didn't sleep well and was looking down the barrel of my allergy shot appointment this morning, which means more pain is on the way.
The allergy nurse reminded me that I've been getting shots since about the time my seven-year-old-girly was two. I wonder how many years I'll have to continue the shots? Or the doctors appointments, or medications. The vastness of this disease, when you've been diagnosed at twenty five, is overwhelming in regards to the years left to come. It can be a anxiety ridden debilitating thought to have. One that would be much better swept under the rug than thought about for too long.
Fortunately, I have family and friends to keep me going. And especially my faith.
When I feel my thoughts sliding into the vastness of my disease I meditate on verses found in my bible. Phillipians 4:4-9 says....
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 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. 9 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.