Introduction

As Christians, we are all on a journey.  That journey is taking us to a place where we will be more and more like Christ.  Our goal is to become more and more like Him until we no longer have the weight of this present world and all of its troubles on our shoulders.  Won’t that be wonderful?  To be free of all burdens, pain and suffering.  This site is meant to be a help to those who carry more burdens than others, in the form of chronic illness and chronic pain.

You are far from alone.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 1 out of every 2 adults have at least one chronic illness, and about one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations.

This is not a site to help anyone cope physically, but to help you to not only cope spiritually but actually grow and thrive in the midst of suffering.  That is exactly what God wants for your future.

The enemy has another agenda.  He wants you to curl up and admit defeat.  A defeated Christian is an ineffective Christian.  That’s his ultimate goal, to see ineffective, defeated Christians.  If you know Christ, he can’t change the fact that you are a Christian, but now his intent is to disable you and cripple you spiritually so you can do no good for God at all.  But if you can overcome the enemy, you can have a greater victory and be a more mighty warrior than even a “healthy” Christian.

I know many times well-meaning people try to help by giving Bible verses or advice to help you through daily life.  But until they have been there, they honestly do not understand the thoughts and personal spiritual battles people with chronic illnesses have to go through.  I am someone who has been there.

I have had a serious chronic disease since 1995.  I have really had some hard times physically and spiritually, and I am certain that I have been in many of the same places you have been, from the absolute pits of despair to thanking God for all the wonderful blessings He has given me.  And I would never say I have been a model spiritual giant through these years.  I have stumbled, and He has been gracious enough to raise me up again.  I continue to struggle as the enemy keeps firing those darts, and I know he will not stop until God releases me from this diseased body.  So the battle is not constant victory.  But it will be won.  You see, it is ultimately God’s battle, and He never loses.  If you are on His side, the devil will attack you, because the Lord dwells in you.  So we have to look to Him to be our defense.  Where does our help come from?  Psalm 121:1 and 2 tell us, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Together, we will look to Him for help and victory in this life.  We will also examine the enemy and get a better understanding of his tactics, explore why these things may be happening to us, improve our relationship with God, find ways to control our fear, try to focus less on our troubles and more on the goodness God has to offer, and discover ways we can be useful to Him. You will realize you don’t have to have a healthy body to have a healthy soul!

Craving Love

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love.” (I John 4:16)

A friend of mine recently expressed how she wished her kids loved her more. When they were little, they adored her, but now as adults, it seems as if they have turned their backs on her and even worse, have hurt her deeply. God made us with a craving for love. We try to meet that need through marriage, that perfect person for us who vows to love us through absolutely everything. Then we try another source, children, who love  unconditionally, at least for a time. Pets also fill our lives with love, and friendships can make us feel loved as well. But no matter the source here on earth, the love we get from those relationships is never perfect, and it can always lead to more hurt in our lives than fulfilling our need to be loved and accepted even when we are at our worst.

Our intense need for love can only be filled by the One who “is Love.” Any love we have, or anyone else has for us, comes from God. He is the only one who fully loves without the fear of disappointment. Can you think of one source of love on this earth which has not disappointed at some point?

I recently read a book on people who claim to have died and returned to earth. Many of them described this overwhelming love they felt from God and say they felt so loved they cannot even describe it or compare it to anything on earth. Are you still looking for that perfect love here on earth? It doesn’t exist. It is a small representation of what God gives.

At times, it can feel as though God doesn’t really love us. Life is hard, and things do not go as we would have directed. God also wants our love, but love that is based on getting everything we want isn’t true love. He wants to know if our love for Him is real. He wants us to love Him through the good times and the bad. Is your love for God unconditional, as His is for you? He is the only One who will truly satisfy your craving.

With All My Heart

“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”  (Proverbs 23:26)

Valentine’s Day is coming! It gives us a chance to do something really special for the one we really love, and usually that person also shows some token of love in return. But what if he/she only expected you to shower your love on them and made only a minimal effort to show love back? Would you be happy with a one-sided relationship like that?

Are you in a one-sided love relationship with God? Sure you expect God to love you, but are you showing Him love in return? When you are truly in love, it seems all that is on your mind is that other person, you want to be around him/her constantly, it is all you talk about, and you want to prove your love by doing sweet things.

God wants that kind of love from us as much as we do from Him, as evidenced in Mark 12:30,  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.”

I believe most people think that by praising Him they are showing that love. But if your sweetheart only said they loved you and never did anything to show it, would you be satisfied?

How do we show God our love? John 14:21 says, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him.” We can first show our love by being obedient and keeping God’s commandments. And that includes, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Do you have other “gods” in your life? Things that actually take top priority over God Himself? What if your sweetheart paid more attention to someone else other than you?

We naturally expect anyone who loves us to be kind to us and do special things for us. In what way can we be kind to God? In Matthew 25:40 we see Jesus saying, “Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” The things you do for others you are actually doing for your Lord.

Most relationships cool down a little with time and get taken for granted. Let’s not take God for granted. Take action and show Him how much you love Him every day.

Through the Valley

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

I have a friend who recently had been having some issues with her leg. In deciding to get it checked out, it was found she has stage IV melanoma and had to have a good portion of her femur and her knee removed, and then they would do tests to see where else it had spread in her body. It was very unexpected. When I contacted her to tell her I would be praying for her, her attitude surprised me. She told me she would be shaking in her shoes if it weren’t for knowing the Lord was with her. She is most certainly walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

Many of us have or are walking through that same valley, and it is dark and frightening. But it is certain we will also come to the other side of that valley; some to continue living, and some to pass on to their eternal home. There is no guarantee, only God knows what is on the other side. But when we are on that path we, like my friend, should not be “shaking in our shoes,” because God is right there with us, and if we allow Him, he will comfort us on that journey.

Where do you go for your comfort during those times? Your friends and family can only temporarily accompany you, and then they go back to their own path. But Psalm 23 tells us that God IS with us. Cling to Him tightly. He is the only One who will stay with you and get you through to the other side.