This morning I woke up with a whopping Migraine headache. I get them occasionally and they suck! I'm sitting here with an icepack on the back of my neck, and everything inside of me is screaming,
"Take your Imitrex, and go back to bed!!"
A Migraine headache is one thing...it's painful, for sure. I'm sharing my pain here, to remind myself of the payoff ; knowing I can keep going--in spite of the pain.
But what about the BIG challenges in life; those times when life feels like it's closing in on you. What then?
You've lost your job
Addiction hits your family
You can't pay your bills
Your hearts been broken
Death has knocked on your door
I learned an expression once...Feel, Dump, Heal. It's become more than an expression to me, it's a life preserver in an ocean of despair. It's a way of coping with the curve balls of life.
Allow yourself to feel shock, panic, anger, sadness, rage, feeling alone, lost, and overwhelmed by the situation. In order to heal, it is vital to face, feel, and process all of your feelings. Running away from, or avoiding your feelings only prolongs the grieving process. I know, I've done this.
Vocalize your feelings to someone else. Prayer is one way. Talking to someone you can trust with your feelings, is another. When you're in crisis, look for the friend that will lend an ear and give support without passing judgment. A support group is a safe place to share with others going through the same experience. Journaling your feelings releases them to paper.
The definition of Faith is: being certain of something you can not see. At times, we can't see past the circumstances we are in. Trusting in something bigger than we are, brings hope, and hope brings healing. Hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5).
Your beliefs aid in the healing process; especially your belief about yourself. Do you see yourself as God sees you?
He sees you as worthy.
Worthy of conquering cancer treatment, worthy of facing addiction, worthy of getting through the loss of a loved one. Yes, you are Worthy.
It's our own self-worth that causes us to doubt. But, ponder this...
What's the payoff if you just keep going?
“There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.”
~ William F. Halsey
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