Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “But the Angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  (Luke 2:10, NIV)

The Thought – When we are given the diagnosis of a chronic illness and/or disability, one of the first gut reactions as a human is to be afraid and start to worry about the tomorrows ahead.

But what does worry or being afraid get us – unneedy stress, high blood pressure, anxiety, loss of appetite and aggravation with others to name a few.  And really, what do any of these do for your today, the moment you are in now?

With the help of daily meditation and/or prayer time with the ‘Great Spirits’ and the guidance and wisdom that those times offer – we find that fear should not be the answer to our battle with our own time with a chronic illness or disability.

With fear, we miss out on what we have in front of us today, the joys of our children, grandkids, nature and life itself.

While it is always necessary to have a corner of our thoughts in a precautionary mode to be prepared for those unexpected changes that will happen along the way in our travels with our own chronic illness and disability, that is just the point – a corner of our thoughts but not all our thoughts.

Within our talks with the ‘Great Spirits’ we find that the four fundamentals of life and happiness is hope, faith, love and grace – we will not fear in the game plan, precautions yes but fear no.

The good news is that with hope, faith, love and grace we can find a peace within our travels that far exceed any other feeling or thoughts we may have because those four fundamentals will find peace and relaxation in our days ahead, not the anxiety and stress that fear would bring.

The good news is we are of free will and can choose to fight our chronic illness and disability with peace, love, hope, faith and grace – all of which will put us more at ease with the battles ahead, knowing that the road will have bumps but planning for them with hope is always a trump card to planning the moments, days, months and years ahead in fear.

The Meditation/Prayer – Oh how so many want fear to direct their course and as I come to you, ‘Great Spirits’, I plea for a refreshment of the wisdom and guidance you offer to help us shield off the thought process of fear.  One way is to remember to give you thanks for all the awesome wonders of the world that you surround us with each day, those wonders help in our realization of the hope and faith in our tomorrows.  May we always remember that fear can always be trumped by the cards of hope, faith, love and grace – the four fundamentals of life and happiness that you give us.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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