Faith · IC

Coping with Chronic Illness and God

Coping with Chronic Illness is a monster all of its own.  Not everyone understands the daily mental struggle that is waging a war in the body.

It is so much more than mind over matter.  If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter- right or does it? So many of the conditions are aggravated by stress and anxiety which is in the mind.

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Merriam Webster Dictionary says that the definition of chronic is:

  1. 1a:  continuing or occurring again and again for a long time

  2. 2a:  always present

The definition of illness is:
  1. 2a:  an unhealthy condition of body or mind b:  sickness 2

Now that you’ve had your vocabulary for today – you know now that Chronic Illness is a never ending -unpleasant sickness that is recurring.  That sounds hopeless right?  For many people they truly feel like it is.

Many Christians, even seasoned veterans, can fall into the clasps of the “why me”? They can’t understand what they did to deserve such a physical punishment of sickness?  The “why me” scenario leads to the blaming God trap.

Many times they don’t even realize that they are angry with God for their present situation. They live mad unconsciously blaming him for gifting them with the ailment. He may choose to answer our prayer like with my friend, HunnyB  andprovide a miraculous healing. More often that healing comes later in heaven and we have to come to terms with that.

It’s difficult understanding that he heard you and knowing that you had faith but you still didn’t get the results you bargained for.  That sets you up for a recipe for an adult size tantrum in which you sometimes take out on your family, brothers & sisters in faith, and God the Father.

People that have shinned in the face of certain adversity did so not because they were healed but because they choose to walk by faith on a positive path.  Negativity just feeds illness and complacency. They rose up not despite their situation but because of their situation. They called upon his grace to live through difficult circumstances to help others.

Check out James 4:6-10 this was written for me in mind.  Maybe you can glean something for encouragement from the scriptures.

6  But he giveth more grace.  Wherefore he saith, GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, BUT GIVETH GRACE UNTO THE HUMBLE.

God doesn’t like a proud heart. Adjust your attitude.  Usually our problem is with self. He gives more and more grace to the humble.  He doesn’t give you that grace till you need it!! But when you do –he’s there.

7  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submit yourself to God.  Make yourself available to him- obey his commands. Don’t entertain negative/ stressing self abusing thoughts. (I’m not good enough- No one loves me.) Resist.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

I love this one. Draw nigh to God- and he will draw close to me.  We are flesh- and he knows that- he knows that we struggle.  But we should try to walk clean and pure lives. And when we pull ourselves close to God he’s going to pull close to us.

Living daily with chronic illness doesn’t just affect our body but our mind.  It is so important to stay positive. And to draw in close to God.  He knows our minds and body.  He wants us to reach out to him with both arms being unconditionally dependent on him.

Living each day to the fullest doing the very best that we can and not feeling guilty for the rest. Looking for those blessings are all around us.

Chronically blessed,
Lena
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