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COMFORT IN AFFLICTION ARCHIVES

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CHRONIC ILLNESS ARCHIVES

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MENTAL ILLNESS/MENTAL HEALTH ARCHIVES

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MY CHILD IS ILL ARCHIVES

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I cannot call affliction sweet,

And yet twas good to bear:

Affliction brought me to Thy feet,

And I found comfort there.

James Montgomery

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YOUR RESPONSE

Before I was afflicted I...thought I was all that and a bag of chips.

But now I...know I'm just the crumbs at the bottom of the bag, a little cheesy and too salty.  I'm no good alone, but I'm still delicious on the "casserole" of friendship we ladies form when we study the Word together.

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Before I was afflicted I... thought I was self sufficient
 
But now I...know I am not.   God was the  One helping me all along.  I am so thankful to Him for my blessings.

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Before I was afflicted I...may have taken my relationship with God for granted and didn't lean on Him or feel as close to Him as I should.
But now I...feel closer to God and desire to please Him and lean on Him more in prayer and thought, etc.

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Before I was afflicted I was like a free bird in flight to come and go as I desired and enjoy all life has to offer without giving it much thought,

But now I view the world though a different set of eyes and take nothing for granted, especially the beautiful life God has given to me, even with a few blemishes, while on earty.

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Before I was afflicted I...could not fully understand the sufferings of others and respond to them in ways that would be the most helpful or encouraging,

But now I...understand the pain or mental suffering of others; I know what things people did to help me, both the ones that worked and those that didn't; and I can do for them the things that helped or encouraged me and tell them the things I discovered in God's word that helped me grow spiritually in spite of duress.

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Before I was afflicted  I...did it all.  Enjoyed sports, always was able to be at all church services, enjoyed being helpful, life of the party, not as thoughtful of the infirmed as I should be, immature, etc.  
But now I... Now I have time to reflect on these qualities and practice them, because I am not rushing here and there, but choosing and doing that one job to the best of my ability.  May we all rejoice in the health that we have and do not take for granted.

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Before I was afflicted... I was always in a rush, and it seemed I had almost no real friends, even at worship. Then within 2 years I became both legally blind and have to wear hearing aids.

But now I... have many more friends, in part because I HAVE to sometimes call on others and rely on them. And my disabilities (which are, to me, mostly inconveniences) don't bother me as much, knowing that not only is God the GREAT Physician but that friends are also "physicians," to uplift when there's stress and also to share happiness with!

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Before I was afflicted I...moved too fast, didn't stop to LISTEN to God

But now I...have more quiet time to spend with Him and I listen more.

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Before I was afflicted I... took my own plans too seriously.

But now I... wait to see what God has planned. His plans are better.

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Before I was afflicted I...Did not realize how fortunate I am.

But now I...Am so Thankful for my life and realize I am blessed everyday with a loving family and God's Love.

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 Before I was afflicted I... was spoiled by the illusion of immortality and lacked empathy with the afflicted.

But now I... Recognize my mortality, am humbled by my frailties, and have much more compassion for the individual trials of each human being around me

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Before I was afflicted I...assumed I knew what God's plan for my life held.

But now I...understand that He is in control, and all will be well. Even though my life is nothing like I expected.

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Before I was afflicted I... assumed I knew what was best for me.

But now I... wait for God to show me His best for me.

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Before I was afflicted I...took for granted being able to have company over for meals and singing hymns afterward, visiting the sick, and having lunch out with the ladies from church, being able to drive and garden.

But now I... wish I would have done more of everything. I miss it, HOWEVER I'm thankful for the things that I CAN do.  I can type and send notes this way.  I appreciate, even more, the love and friendship of my sisters in Christ. And I truly appreciate my husband, who is my good friend and never complaining caregiver.  He helps me keep a sense of humor over my very frustrating Fibro-Fog and being limited in "brain" and body.

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Before I was afflicted I...was self centered

But now I...am loving

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Before I was afflicted I...could do almost anything on my own,

But now I...have learned to rely on God's strength alone.

   

 
     




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Practical Tips for Spiritual Living

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WATCH OUT!

   -Pat Gates

During trials we need to be watchful where we put our minds and, with self-control, restrain thoughts that could lead to sin:

1. Watch out when the question "why?" predominates your thinking.

2. Watch out when you find yourself praying less and worrying more.

3. Watch out for the first feeling of bitterness and withdrawal from others.

4. Watch out for thoughts and feelings of hopelessness.

5. Watch out for feeling anger towards God.

Heed these warning signs and work to think rationally and truthfully before worry, sorrow, bitterness and anger overwhelm you to the point you can no longer function spiritually. The end result will be a much greater burden to bear; not only must you face the trial but you'll face it with a weakened spirit and your pain will only intensify.