Joy Among Circumstance

Joy. It’s a small simple word. As one living with chronic illness and pain it is hard to come by. Paul tells us to have joy in tribulations, but it just isn’t that simple. Everything I do causes physical and often times emotional pain. Cooking lunch, grocery shopping, cleaning house, washing laundry, pretty much any physical activity causes me pain. And it is hard to see the good in pain, especially when the pain is constant.

I have to look for the silver lining.

As I journey through life, I do the things that are necessary for survival and pray for God to help me find that silver lining.

Joy can be stolen, squandered or overlooked.

I have to choose to see it. Many times bitterness takes root in my heart instead of joy. When that first bit of resentment sets in, my red flags go off and I have to pray for a willing heart. One that will find the joy. Otherwise resentment takes root and produces bitterness.

As you journey through this week regardless of your circumstances, I pray you can find joy in the chaos.


Question: How do you find joy in the pain?

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Nichole Hall

Nichole is a writer, wife and a mom. Raising a family while coping with a chronic illness and doing it with a WILLING heart! Only with the Lord is this possible! She is Treasurer for ACFW Arkansas and has held the office of Secretary in the past.

4 thoughts on “Joy Among Circumstance”

  1. So sorry for your struggles with chronic pain. You’re right about looking for the silver lining though. And that’s a choice we have to make every day…multiple times. I’m pretty much out of commission for two days after a physiotherapy session. The day of I’m huddled up in bed trying hard to remember to breathe and then the next day I’m a zombie. When I finally bounce back it’s time to go to physio again. I discovered long ago I could be whiny and miserable…or not. I choose not. And these days my silver lining of joy is reading so much wonderful inspirational fiction. Mind you, I’m living alone and am not raising kids so that definitely makes it easier. Praying for you Nichole.

  2. Great post, Nichole. I need a reminder to find joy in all circumstances. It’s tough some times, though.

  3. Nichole, you are on my prayer list…bless you! I am so sorry. I, too, have chronic pain, but am much older and can take life easier than you as a busy Mom. Your post is inspiring!

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