Strange name for a topic. isn't it?
I have discovered over the last ten years living with chronic pain, that there is very much to be thankful for concerning this pain.  I was not out to find reasons to praise God for my pain, believe me.  I wanted out of it!  But He had plans for me! 
 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jer 29:11 NIV) 
I cannot tell you how many times He led me to that scripture!  And because I believe that what He says is true, I finally realized I had to believe that my pain- as long as He allowed me to have it- was part of His plan for my "hope and a future."
He has led me to begin sharing some of the things He has taught me.  So, here we go!
All pain is good
It has a message and a plan.
It can be protective and supportive.
It can be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.
It has a purpose in my life and should not be shunned, avoided, or denied.
Jesus, who could, did not chose to escape any of the pain of this earthly life, 
but instead, let it do its work in His life and ministry.
He never ignored the pain of others, but, rather, 
put it in the right context and focused on its purpose. 
In some, it brought repentance.
In others, it caused them to seek Him for healing
- and they received so much more!
Grief was a type of pain He felt and embraced - as we all shall.
There is no pain He is not familiar with, nor that He cannot heal.
But most important, there is no pain He cannot use to move us where we need to be.
 It's amazing what God must do sometimes to get us to sit back, listen to what He has to say, and the proceed with Him.  I still struggle with spending a great deal of quiet time with Him, but when I begin to neglect it, He literally puts me down!
The days I am too sore to move, and too sore to sleep, I lay still and listen to Him.  How much more pleasant it would be if I just made it part of my daily schedule.
He's reminding me in these times that He is in control and He does have plans for my life.  And what He has begun, He will finish!
Pain does one thing that wellness has never done - forces me to focus!
It's easy to get distracted when everything is going well, but the only was to deal with pain is to focus on Him.  Pain can sneak through any distraction and drop me to my knees!

I will leave you at this time with these thoughts, and the following verses to meditate on.

Entries will be made as God leads, and until I have completed what He has planned for me to do here.


My prayer is you may find the gift in your pain as I have. 
Please share it with me if you can by email.  Eventually, perhaps we can all share with each other what we have learned!
 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.
(Psa 38:17 NIV)
I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.
(Psa 69:29 NIV) 
All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless
(Eccl 2:23 NIV) 
Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you
.(Jer 30:15 NIV) 
 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
(Rom 5:3 NIV) 
 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
(1 Pet 4:12 NIV) 
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
(1 Pet 2:19 NIV) 

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