Pushing Through the Pain

Zoe peering through watermark

Everyone has pain. For some it’s physical, for some emotional, for some financial, for some it’s all areas. A lot of people that know me don’t realize that I push myself to work in spite of pain. It’s funny because people see me with so much energy but they don’t realize many times I go home and drop from exhaustion and pain. Fortunately I’ve learned to pace myself most of the time. I know when I’ve pushed beyond my limit and it’s time to rest. I used to be so embarrassed when I would need to take nap. I was afraid if any one knew they would think I am lazy. My sweet husband encouraged me and helped me realize I have to do what it takes to stay strong.

Philippians 4:13 has always been one of my favorite scripture verses. I really do rely on Christ as my strength in every area of life. He is so faithful to help me in whatever situation I am facing. A few years ago my doctor told me I have fibromyalgia. When I’m stressed or overly tired it really affects me. I’ve learned that sugar and processed food make it worse so I strive to eat good food that won’t cause pain. (In another blog later I will share some of the yummy natural sweets I enjoy.) Some mornings I wake up hurting all over. The best thing is for me to get up and get moving and start doing whatever I need to do. It seems when I push through the pain, the pain begins to ease a little.

I’ve learned when I am hurting emotionally, the best thing I can do is take my mind off of me and help someone else that is hurting. Is it easy? No, but can I do it? Yes. I am an “I Can” woman. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Why am I sharing this? I know so many people suffer from all types of pain. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but for some I believe if you will push through the pain, especially emotional pain, and reach out to others, you will find yourself starting to feel better at least for the moment.  The more I take my mind off of me and look for ways to encourage others, the better I start to feel about me. Plan to bless others on purpose.

One more thing. I have to guard what I think about. If I just sit and think about what is going wrong in my life or around me I could get severely depressed. Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, think on these things. So think about what you are thinking about. Choose to think about good things. Refuse to allow your mind to become a negative pit. Anything that is praise worthy, think on these things.

I hope this has encouraged you. 🙂

Published by thegingeroptimist

My name is Jan McIntyre, also known as The Ginger Optimist. I love Jesus, cooking, baking, making my own DIY products, photography, makeup, bargain shopping and encouraging others.

13 thoughts on “Pushing Through the Pain

  1. Dear Pastor Jan, I did not realize that you were a fellow sufferer of this insidious disease! My heart and prayers go out to you as we “push through” together. I love you! xo


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