A Joyful Heart Is Good Medicine

We all know laughter is good for the soul because being a Christian is not easy, at least, for me. But it is sustainable through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Some of you have been following my blog since the beginning on June 29, 2019, and are aware of my health journey. As requested, I am providing an update while simultaneously bringing up to speed new fellow bloggers, blog followers and blog viewers. I started blogging as an outlet to share my pain, struggles and blessings to encourage others who might be experiencing the same or similar illnesses; and I also needed encouraging.

In April 2009, I sustained injuries that resulted in several years of physical therapy and approximately fourteen surgeries. I suffer with migraines from a concussion, and have chronic iron deficiency anemia, and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). MGUS is a condition that causes the body to create an abnormal protein with a slightly increased risk of developing blood and bone marrow diseases, including serious blood cancers such as multiple myeloma or lymphoma.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 2 and Hypertension. I am thankful to God for not halting my life even though I have daily chronic pain. God sustains me and I will be forever grateful. Apostle Paul said it best…

Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.   II Corinthians 12:10

Today, I had six injections in my lower back and in my joints for pain relief (three on each side of my spine). I understand that God wants our bodies to be healed; but more importantly, He wants our souls healed, restored and renewed by the cleansing process of studying His Word and developing a genuine and intimate relationship with Him through His plan of salvation. Apostle Paul wrote about “putting off the old man” and “putting on the new” in Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:9-10; II Corinthians 5:17.

All I can say is wow, thank you Lord for my fellow bloggers, blog followers and blog viewers. You all have truly encouraged me and have turned this journey into a blessing beyond my imagination.

Please know that you are very much appreciated and to God be the glory.

Tangie

 

35 thoughts on “A Joyful Heart Is Good Medicine

    1. Something good definitely came out of it; interaction with virtual likeminded people in many countries that I never would have communicated with outside the blog. It took my mind off pain and gave me excitement to blog. My doctors are amazed that I am still functioning and working full time, and without complaining.

      Thank you for your encouraging feedback.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you’ve faced many challenges and the continuing chronic pain sounds difficult. You’re so right, it’s good to have distractions and feel supported to help manage pain. As a newbie to blogging, I was pleasantly surprised to discover what a lovely community it can be here. Take care.

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      1. Isn’t that a strange thing about pain? It seems to either make us delirious from it, weaken us, or it seems to make us stronger. I admire your approach to managing it all. Best wishes

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