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This article shares a spiritual approach for how to increase self worth. It is written by someone with experience of cultivating self worth at a time of living with sickness - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/CFS
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When we live with illness, it is easy to lose self worth. We may think thoughts like...
Whenever, I find myself thinking such thoughts of low self worth, I am willing to switch to saying the following wonderful short blessing prayer:
This was a promise to Abraham from God.
Abraham is the Father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He lived so long ago that blood-wise we are probably all related to him.
And if we are not related in blood then we can choose to regard him as our spiritual ancestor.
We can claim his promise for ourselves.
“And I will bless them that bless thee...and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:3, KJV)
“And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
(Galatians 3:29, KJV)
“Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many
as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the
sea shore innumerable.”
(Hebrews 11:12, KJV)
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I had been disabled with severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (aka CFS) for many years before I started saying this prayer. I experienced an increase in self worth.
What if all my words and thoughts are prayers?
What if I "pray without ceasing" whether I realise it or not?
What if, unless I notice and change them, many of my prayers/my words ask for things I do not want?
Do I want to be a nuisance etc?
Or do I want to be a blessing?
Let me ask for what I want.
When I catch myself saying 'my needs are a nuisance', I notice and switch.
I am blessed and
I am a blessing.
Thank you God.
"So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham."
(Galatians 3:9, KJV Bible)
When I started saying this blessing prayer, I didn't know that I would get better, write a book and set up a website.
When living with sickness you may feel that you are just going to get more of the same, but you don't know what the future holds.
I hope this website blesses you. I know it blesses me to write it for you.
I truly believe that wherever you are, if you open your mind to God you are blessed and you are a blessing to the world.
I look back now and I wish I had realised just how important the work of forgiveness was that I was doing. It would have helped to raise my self worth at a time when I needed it.
If this website serves to let you know that you can be a blessing in a time of illness, then I am very happy.
"How am I a blessing when I have an illness?" you may ask.
"How can I increase self worth when living with chronic sickness?"
"I have to keep telling people what my needs are."
"I can't do the things I want to do for someone I love."
You don't need to know how you are or will be a blessing.
The willingness to believe you can be a blessing opens a door to allow God to work in you and through you.
How do we ever know what is best for those around us or how things will turn out?
It has become clear to me that whether people feel blessed or feel cursed by my living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis depends largely on their attitude.
Many have said they are inspired by my faith, my willingness to keep positive etc.
Some use my situation to reassess what is important in their own lives.
Some grow through being willing to love me and accept the illness.
Some people saw my illness - when it was too severe to be avoidable - as an example of the unfairness of life. They hated being around it.
Some felt burdened by the sickness or simply ran away so they didn't have to witness it.
Many complained at the complications and needs of the illness. They felt sorry for themselves.
Some denied the illness (that link goes through to my website on how to live well with illness)
As we say:
I am blessed and a blessing,
we allow God access so that more and more people are blessed by us and through us.
Both in a time of illness or a time of health we can be a blessing. Why? Because we can always be a channel for God.
Since you are here, let me say to YOU:
If you don't feel this is true, it is a sure sign that it is time to keep saying it :-)
Let your words call in a new world.
You are helping.
I pray these two bible blessing prayers for you now, and ask you to pray them for me and all who visit here.
Thank you. I am blessed by your visit.
“Grace be to you and peace
from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies,
and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
(St Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 1:2-4, KJV)
Lord said to Moses, “Tell
Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“ ‘ “The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” ’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
(Numbers 6:22-27, Bible verse I am blessed by God)
I am blessed with increasing knowledge of Love as I bless you with increasing knowledge of Love.
“And this is my prayer:
that your love may abound more and more
in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that you may be able to discern what is best
and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God.”
(Philippians 1:9-11, NIV Bible Blessing prayer by Paul)