Wouldn’t it be amazing if life wasn’t filled with heartache and pain? Imagine a world covered with love, joy, peace.  A world where no one grieves, no one has pain, no one faces hardships, no one faces sickness.

The reality is, we all face struggles and hardships at some point in our lives.  If you have followed me for some time or you know me, you know that I have had an ongoing battle with Lupus, and serious GI problems. I have faced countless illnesses that have nearly taken my life, and still, I am left  with few answers on how to prevent more crisis and pain.  My illnesses have stolen my independence, my health, my security, and even the way I look at the future. 

So how do I stay hopeful in the midst of such a challenging, nearly hopeless situation. 

Simply put, I try to take every situation as a learning process.  If I have to go through some of the scariest things in my life, I have decided that I will grow through it. 

I don’t consider myself negative, or lacking faith, but constantly receiving unwelcome news week after week can get to you. When I begin to realize that my mindset is changing, because it does, I try to lose the self- negative thoughts and negative talk. 

I pay attention to the blessings that are interwoven in my own struggles.  No matter what I am facing there is always something that I can find to be thankful for, I just have to look for them. I have to keep my mind positive.

I have found that if I step out of my own way,  I can help myself more than anyone on this Earth. I say things like, “I am going to have a good day today.” No matter what the doctor says I say, “I believe I’m getting better.” When someone says negative words to me, I cast them down and get rid of those negative words. I say things like, “I have a bright future ahead of me,”

Lastly, I believe God’s promises is a key element in my healing process. I speak things like

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 I am facing some pretty big things but maybe you are too. 

I am choosing to put all of my hope in God right now. I have nothing to lose at this point except for maybe a bad attitude.  I would rather spend my life deliriously joyful rather than feeling sorry for myself. My fight is hard enough, why add negativity to the mix.

What are some of the ways that you stay hopeful in a hopeless situation?


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