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I do 1:1 coaching with ill people, sometimes with perfectly healthy people. And they tend to come up with the same questions: "How will I know when I'm making progress?" and "How can I have a relationship with GOD, Who let this happen to me?"
My answer is to trust your heart.
Spirituality, and a relationship, are multifaceted experiences. Both are about transcending your limitations and becoming a better you.
You know you're on the right track when you feel joy, a sense of satisfaction and the certainty of emotional growth, all at different times but sometimes all at once.
Friends, family and colleagues might even give you some delightful feedback about the positive changes they notice in you.
Keep a journal (as suggested in the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book). Note the times that you feel pain, agonized, uncertain, and when you feel the positive emotions.
Talk to GOD out loud. Even a sigh will do.
Life is a matter of balance. Do what you can to keep yours, and cherish the pleasant parts of life. They can keep us going past indescribable pain. Be sure to focus on what's going right, and especially on when it seems that GOD gave you a hug of some sort.
Go on. Buy a notebook or use one sitting around somewhere in your home.
Record your accomplishments.
And enjoy them.
Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.
Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.
Fill your mind and heart with optimism. On purpose.