Focused On Good Things

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will
guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is
pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent
or praiseworthy— think about such things. " (Phil.4:6-8 NIV)
Many of us with daily Chronic Pain try to do things to help our
holidays run smoothly. One thing I do is try to buy gifts all through
out the year instead of purchasing them all at one time or in one
month. This not only helps keep me from the Christmas rush and
traffic but also helps my budget stay smart.
I had a few last minute purchases to make at Wal-mart and I
couldn’t help but notice all the different personalities and moods.
I could surely tell the people that were happy and the ones that
were completely frustrated and not so polite.
My heart went out to people that were like me, in scooters or
using canes or wheel chairs. Strangely enough the people that
were physically disabled were the ones that were trying the
hardest to make the holiday spirit more festive and cheerier.
I was so pleased about that.
These dear people had wide smiles on. They were polite and
friendly. They were not allowing their illness to get in the way
of having a beautiful and pleasant Christmas.
I believe this is because they have truly remembered the true
meaning of what Christmas is all about… love and the Christ
child.
Keeping our minds focused on the realiity of Christmas does
not always come so easy, but if we keep our hearts and our minds
upon God’s Word we find that life is easier during the holidays
and easier any day of the year.
Let us keep our minds on the good things, the lovely things, and
what ever we think about will be the way our attitude will show
forth to others. Our merciful Heavenly Father will shine through
everyday and in all we do throughout each year.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Dittert (Founder & Overseer of Fibro/Chronic
Pain Support Ministry) lives in a berm home in Rural
Central Iowa with her husband & soul mate Patrick,
4 cats and a Lab/Sharpei dog. Nancy & Patrick are
both pastors, retiring early because of illness. Nancy
lives with Severe Fibromyalgia, Absence Seizures and
Neuropathy, and her husband had a brain tumor that
left him disabled. They are still actively involved in Prayer
Group, and Chronic Pain Support Ministry through the
Internet and as Christian Freelance writers.

Write Nancy at nancierose@msn.com
and visit her Chronic Pain Web Site at…
http://Fibromyalgiahelp.homestead.com/index.html

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