Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.

Have you ever just had a bad day that you wanted to get away from? You know what I am talking about, those moments when you feel overwhelmed and you can’t see a way out of a dark cave even if someone gave you a flashlight. Life isn’t always easy, and life isn’t always fair. I have had some bad days where I just want to check out for a while since I have been ill but that’s not an option for me and it is definitely not a solution. In fact, that was part of the old me, I ran a lot. You don’t even have to be sick to have a bad day.  Bad days can create feelings of helplessness at times, for anyone, but especially if you are ill.  It can leave you with feelings of brokenness. Before you know it, your head is in a fog of worry and anxiety and you are feeling hopeless. I have been in this very place so many times in my life, from my abusive childhood right into my adult years with chronic pain and illnesses.

I have learned some things though. There are going to be some dark days. But, it’s up to me how I am going to handle it. When I am faced with a dark day, I am not going to run WITH my dark days, I am going take my dark days, straight to Jesus! I have learned that running only does one thing, it delays everything and gives Satan time to take hold of you. I have learned you have to face the dark days to solve them and you can not go at it alone. If you are ill, and you choose to worry about the what if’s, it’s still going to be there, in fact it might even be a little worse and you have wasted a precious moments of your life on things that you can not change.
Get this though, there is real power in positive thinking and the mind is an amazing tool that God gave us. If you have stinking thinking… stop it. It doesn’t help you and it doesn’t help your neighbor!!  Your mind has a lot of control over how you feel. It’s not a cure-all but if you fill your mind and your spirit up with positive thoughts and positive vibes you can control how your body reacts and feels. And you can control how others respond to you!! Try it the next time you are with a bunch of grumpy people and you are not feeling overly well. Be nice on purpose, see what you get in return. Here’s the other side of that coin, if you allow yourself to think negatively and roll around in that, Satan will grab hold of you and bring you down right along with him and he will make you hurt and you will pay, I promise you that. If you’re thinking life isn’t fair today and you are in a dark place, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars, run to Jesus because he has the answers!

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