Regain the right perspective on your circumstances when you become discouraged. Pray for encouragement whenever you need it, and God will give it to you. Refuse to focus on your fears. Instead, focus on God's constant presence with you and His promises to help you through any situation you face. Rather than dwelling on your own problems, learn more about how some other people are suffering and reach out beyond yourself to help them. Sing songs that praise God for His wonderful qualities that remain constant even when circumstances change. As you choose to act in faithful ways, you'll be able to view your situation as God sees it, and you'll experience the peace you need.

Find ultimate healing. Look forward to enjoying heaven, where you'll never suffer any physical problems again - and even better, where you'll never be weighed down by sin again.

Help others who are hurting. As a Christian, you're connected to your fellow believers in such a close way that your suffering is their suffering and their suffering is yours. Ask God to empower you to help carry the burdens of other believers you know who are in pain. Intercede for them in prayer, and meet whatever practical needs they have as God leads you.

Adapted from A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God's Sovereignty, copyright 2010 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Published by David C. Cook Publishing, Colorado Springs, Co., www.davidccook.com.
Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder and president of Joni and Friends, an organization accelerating Christian outreach in the disability community. An acclaimed artist and musician, Joni is also the author of nearly 50 books and a popular speaker around the world. Joni and her husband, Ken, live in Southern California. 

Publication date: September 22, 2010