I am currently reading through 2 Corinthians, it is a really helpful book in the Bible to go to if you are facing difficulties. This is because Paul wrote it when he was facing many hardships including: beatings, imprisonment and sleepless nights (2 Corinthians 6:5). He had a remarkable attitude through all of this which […]
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The world tells us that we can only be content when we are healthy, successful and rich. This is thankfully not what the Bible tells us, as Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12: ‘I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or […]
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Psalms are amazing, they give us wonderful words to praise God and help us to be honest with him about life’s difficulties. I have often used the psalms through difficult periods, especially the short ones that I was already familiar with. I wrote about Psalm 62 in an earlier post, here are some thoughts on […]
Read More My Go to Psalms
When I was really sick I often couldn’t read more than a verse or two of the Bible at a time or attend church meetings. I had to find some different ways to engage with God, I needed more tools in my toolbox. One of these was painting with worship music on, I had never […]
Read More Having a range of tools to engage with God: getting creative
Some friends were so desperate to get their sick friend to Jesus that they made a hole in the roof where Jesus was preaching (Mark 2:1-4). Jesus didn’t make comments about the mess; he saw their faith and forgave the man’s sins and then healed him (Mark 2:5-8). He clearly wanted the sick to be […]
Read More Ideas to help those with physical limitations engage with church
I came into the kitchen and a bird smacked into my window. I ran outside and it was lying on the ground stunned. I set it on its feet and sat with it (a cat was lurking in the garden) until 45 mins later when it flew off. The reason I’m telling you this story […]
Read More How Does God Respond When We Go Through Traumatic Experiences?
I have been really challenged by Philippians 1:12-14 where Paul talks about how being in prison has served to advance the gospel. This is through him: (1) having access to a different group of people such as his guards (v13); (2) other believers hearing about his ministry whilst in chains and being encouraged to speak the […]
Read More Paul’s chains advance the gospel, do mine?
Have you ever heard someone talk about ‘church at work’? At my church there is a specific group that meets with this name for people to encourage each other as Christians in a work place. Now this is good, it is clearly important how Christians conduct themselves at work. However from my own experience; as […]
Read More ‘Church at work’ includes you!
I am exploring Acts and what has struck me is that we need the Holy Spirit each and every day. This means that you can know God’s presence in whatever situation you are in, even if you are ill and at home on your own because ‘…the Spirit of God dwells in you…’ (Romans 8:9). I […]
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Difficult times such as illness force some reflection on what is important in life and how to spend one’s energy, time and money. God can in fact use difficult times in our lives to recommission us or redirect us in the way he wants us to go. God has redirected me from work in International […]
Read More Difficulty and God’s re-direction/re-commissioning
Sometimes I find it hard to know what to pray about, the world is so vast and there are so many needs, it can be hard to know where to start. Or sometimes with my fatigue I struggle to think of anything to pray for. In these situations one thing I find helpful is to think […]
Read More Prayer Ideas: What Has God Put Directly In Front Of You?
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 […]
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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
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