Thanks Giving Inspired Fridays: Week 8

This is our final week of giving thanks on Fridays.  With the BlogHer program finishing up this week, Thursdays will now be free for Thankful Thursdays.  I hope you will join in and link up!

I’m going to be honest, I’m not so good at the chronic health problem thing.  Since August, I’ve had more bad health days than good health days.  It’s really wearing on my physically and emotionally.  Some days I just feel depressed about the whole thing and wonder if I will ever feel like myself again.

How did I, nutrition professional, lover of lunges, get here?  I feel way too young to be feeling so bad!

The temptation is to lay low until I start to feel better.  Just wait for all of the pain to pass.

But is that any way to live?

I was sitting in church last Saturday struggling with all of this, when a woman came up on stage and shared a little of her story.  She is new on staff so the lead pastor asked some questions about her life as kind of an introduction.  Have you ever heard someone speak and feel like a sentence or two was meant just for you?  That’s how this felt.  She had been dealing with chronic illness and pain since the age of 28.  One of the things that stuck out for me was when she said that she had learned to find good in the middle of the pain, not waiting for the pain to end.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that looks like in my life, but for now I am thankful for this project.  Giving thanks each day, no matter what, reminds me that I can always find something good, even in the hardest days.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23

Don’t forget to link up your thankful posts or leave a comment with your favorite thankful moment of the week!  

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  • susiebishara February 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

    This week for me was an exhausting, nonstop week. There were days that I didn’t want or feel like being thankful. I can really resonate with that quote that even on bad days u can find something good, even if it is just the sun shining. So thankful for you Alysa! Hold onto that hope!

  • Lexie @ This Aussie Eats February 24, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This is so true.

    One of my favorite quotes is “Life may not always be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance”

    I hope your health is only on the uphill from here on!

  • Jeff Bajenaru February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I’m glad you’re my wife…

    I love you.

  • Gluten Dude February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Hang in there Alysa. I was where you are for years after my diagnosis. Then one day I realized that I hadn’t complained about feeling lousy in a couple of days. It was a start. It will get better…I promise.