Recently I have been thinking a lot about the references in the Bible to sheep; specifically Jesus being our good shepherd (as outlined in John 10:1-21) and what this means for those of us in tough circumstances. I find it pretty humbling to be compared by Jesus to a sheep (John 10:3); if you have […]Read More Jesus Our Good Shepherd
I’m really tired today (when I wrote this a few weeks ago not when it was published) and also depressed. Not a great combination with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as they make each other worse… I find it really hard when I’m like this. Well meaning people remind me that this would have been a good […]Read More God’s gentle reminder of his providence on a bad day
Matthew 6:8 says: ‘…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’ I have found that what I think I need and what I actually need are often different. I have begged God on so many occasions to heal me and I’m not completely well yet although I believe one day in his […]Read More Our daily bread: God’s provision
As detailed in my post entitled Identity with Chronic Illness, I had to confront and wrestle with the fact that getting sick showed me my identity was closely linked to my academic/career success and not just to the fact I was a Child of God (John 1:12). The truth is that as a Christian, whether […]Read More Where is your identity found?
My last post was about ‘The Importance of Worship’ particularly sung worship. Now if you have a chronic illness engaging with sung worship may be difficult, here are some of the strategies I have used, please let me know some of yours: If you are able to, listen to worship songs or even parts of […]Read More Strategies to engage in sung worship when sick
Worship is how we show our adoration and thankfulness for God. How we live our whole lives is worship to God, as Romans 12:1 says: ‘…offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.’ Therefore what we think about, how we spend our time and how […]Read More The Importance of Sung Worship
Something I have had to wrestle a lot with since becoming ill is my identity. I have loved God for many years but when I got ill an uncomfortable truth I had to confront was that my identity was closely linked to my academic/career success. I’m still very much on a journey with this and […]Read More Identity with Chronic Illness
I have been looking at Psalm 62 and have been greatly encouraged by it because it shows how God is the best place to come to when life is tough. Below are some thoughts on a few verses from the psalm. Seek refuge and shelter in God: ‘Truly he is my rock and my salvation; […]Read More Some thoughts on Psalm 62
Every Christian has a unique testimony and this is such a powerful resource for sharing with others about God’s love. As it says in Revelation 12:11: ‘They triumphed over him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.‘ I absolutely love hearing people’s stories, how they have faced the highs and […]Read More Testimony is powerful!
Let me be upfront I find giving God my best time really hard and I often don’t manage it. When I get some energy I will often go straight to my ‘to do’ list (which is always long) without giving God a second thought. It isn’t easy to stop and decide to engage with God […]Read More Giving God Your Best Time
Focus on familiar scripture/individual verses.Highlight key verses: I was not keen when someone first suggested this to me, I didn’t want to mark my Bible. What changed my mind was when I was at a meeting and people were asked to share their favourite verses from Ephesians. The people who shared all had verses highlighted […]Read More Some ideas for getting the Word of God into you!
I have just worn myself out over a couple of hours by finding the number and then texting each person I could think of that would pass my house on the way to church. This was to find out if they could give me lift tomorrow. Every ‘no sorry’ or delay in response made me […]Read More Ask and it shall be given to you
Do you wonder how best to interact with people who are sick? Or maybe more to the point what not to say and do? Clearly everyone is different so there are not hard and fast rules but here are a few of my thoughts after 3.5 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome an ‘invisible illness’ where […]Read More Some tips for interacting with people who are sick
Yesterday I heard an excellent sermon by Roger Bye which was focused on the story of Caleb as told in the book of Joshua. Specifically how he clung onto God’s promise that he would enter the promise land for 45 years! (Joshua 14:6-13) During this very long wait, Roger mentioned he probably felt at points bitter, […]Read More Not letting disappointments and difficult times define you
I have challenged myself to say these verses to myself whenever I feel low during the day: ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalm 188:24 (ESV) ‘…the joy of the Lord is my strength.’ Nehemiah 8:10 I find these verses super challenging. The last […]Read More Repeat words of truth