“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I have always been a very active person and as a result I have had my share of injuries. Painful injuries can cause a significant disruption in the quality of our lives. Research investigators have recently demonstrated that how we think can effect how fast we recover from an injury. One research study found that “patients with low general expectations for pain relief had worse outcomes at 6 months than patients who expected complete pain relief.”(1) This evidence suggests that those who believe that they will improve are more likely to do so. In other words a person’s baseline expectation for improvement has an impact on their recovery. This finding is plainly obvious in the Bible. We put our faith in the Lord who hears and answers our prayers. Only God can fill us with joy and peace as we confidently hope in him for a full recovery from life’s painful circumstances.

1)Bishop MD, Mintken P, Bialosky JE, et al. Patient Expectations of Benefit from Interventions for Neck Pain and Resulting Influence on Outcomes. JOSPT.2013; 43(7): 457-4631

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