How to Make Painful Mornings Easier

morningsMornings are difficult for those with chronic pain. Lisa shares how to find joy despite the pain.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Mornings are difficult for me. Despite being physically ready for bed by 8 PM you may find me doing dishes at 11:15 at night because regardless of my pain level, it will double in a few more hours. Morning stiffness can last for a few hours, or even all day, as it has the last few months.

There are many scriptures in the Bible that tell us the joys of mornings. Mornings are a time to rejoice. (Psalm 30:50) God’s love will satisfy us each morning. (Psalm 90:14) And a Proverbs 31 woman doesn’t even wait until the sun comes up to get busy. “She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family . . .” (Proverbs 31:19)

If I can roll out of bed and maybe put peanut butter on a slice of bread for my sons’s lunch I feel I have made an accomplishment. Oftentimes, if I don’t need to be somewhere, I wait to shower until noon. When it is hard to hold my cup of coffee, the idea of showering is a work out. It is easy for my mornings to become consumed with guilt, frustration, and despair.

Thankfully there is something else that we get every morning–God’s compassions. His loving kindness never runs out. Every morning when we wake up His compassion is fully replenished. Yes, it is difficult to crawl out of bed. You may have a job to get to, children to drive to school, or painful therapy. But whatever it is we are facing, His compassions have been renewed–just for me. Just for you!

And notice that the scripture assures us that His compassions never fail. They are there to help us avoid becoming consumed with thoughts and feelings that are not of Him.
What a blessing to know that no matter what pain and frustrations I may face each morning, there is already a plan in action to overcome them! There is no feeling I can feel–dread, stress, anxiety, or worry–that God’s compassion cannot address and overcome. The purpose of His compassions is to help me avoid being consumed. They will never fail, and they are new every morning.

Oh, great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord!

Prayer: Lord, those mornings when I awake without any renewal and only additional pain and stress, remind me that You already have my concerns covered with Your compassions. Don’t let me be tempted to be consumed by negative thoughts, but to focus on Your provisions. Amen.

About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She is gradually learning how to balance motherhood, family, illness, and ministry, but she still knows it will be a lifetime lesson. You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.

What do you struggle with in the mornings and how might focusing on the purpose of God’s daily compassions add perspective?

I love the song “Good Morning” by Mandisa. This is kind of a fun video version that is a little silly, but I thought you may like to see the lyrics. I know when you wake up in the morning, like me, you probably aren’t raising your hands above your head and saying, “let’s get this party started.” But we do have the same joy available to us that everyone else who knows Jesus has. It doesn’t matter what our body and or cannot do. We still have every reason in the world to praise Him! ~Lisa