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 – “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”  (Philippians 4:11-12, NIV)

The Thought – Unlike many times in life, those who are diagnosed with and must travel with the companionship of a chronic illness and/or disability, being content can be difficult to find.

While it’s hard to stay content when you must constantly be watching for any triggers that could cause difficulty for your chronic illness and/or disability, the catch-22 is that without some contentment life can, will and could stay very unsettled.

The question may be, where does one find the contentment that is hoped for?  Maybe it comes from being grateful about all that is surrounding your travels, despite the troubles that loom within the days from chronic illness and/or disability.

It will be those days of uneasy contentment that one must take a moment and take stock of those simple things that you do have, such as a place to live, food to eat, people that love and help care for you and the ability to be aware of any of the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching.

Those days of uneasiness are the days that you must seek the ‘Great Spirits’ with more praise and gratitude for all that you do have within yourself and within the world that directly surrounds you, before even looking for guidance and wisdom.  Another way of helping become more content with each, and every day, will come when you get a steadier grasp of the four fundamentals of life and happiness found in hope, faith, love and grace.

The key is to remember that contentment can be found in every situation if you are willing to observe all that surrounds you in proportion to what you observe as your chronic illness and/or disability.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we enter our quiet time of meditation with you, ‘Great Spirits’, we say thank you for all that surrounds us in our daily travels.  On these days when contentment is being a difficult commodity to find, we seek your guidance and wisdom learn how to find the ability to unveil contentment in each, and every day, and most importantly on those days when our chronic illness and/or disability seems to have all the control of the moments passing by.  ‘Great Spirits’ we seek your wisdom to gaining the ability to gain a stronger grasp on hope, faith, love and grace – the four fundamentals that make up our ability to find contentment in every moment of our days.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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