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A New Faith-Based Resource for those with Chronic Illness

Since arthritis grabbed my attention a few years ago, I’ve been searching for materials which bring faith in God into the equation. I bought one booklet, but kept looking. 

Recently I came across Chronic Illness—Walking By Faith. After reading an online excerpt, I realized this 31-day devotional by Esther Smith is more what I had in mind, so I ordered it. Esther Smith was diagnosed with lupus and hypermobility syndrome; she knows what it’s like to live with chronic illness. She knows how one day you can be fine, and the next day you can barely function, or are somewhere in between. She knows how people say you look fine, but you know you’re not. She knows how symptoms can vary from one day to the next, or even from one hour to the next hour.

Esther writes with compassion and empathy, tempered with a dose of reality. While you won’t find quick answers or guarantees of healing, you will find much encouragement.

Each two-page devotional begins with a Scripture verse, followed by a reading relating to the verse. The devotionals end with questions for reflection and an action prompt, whether to pray for renewed faith, or another suggestion.

I am a week into this devotional, and am glad I found it. I recommend it to anyone fighting a battle with chronic illness who wonders where God is, if He knows, or if He even cares.

©P. Booher


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Remembering and Celebrating God’s Goodness

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“And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:  That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.”      Joshua 4:5-7  King James Version

Several years ago, the Lord told me to “cultivate faith”. One valuable way for me to do so is illustrated by the passage above: find a way to remember what God has already done for me. In the above example, the Israelites used stones to help them remember; other times, God instructed them to mark occasions with feasts or festivals. He gave specific directions for the celebrations. Each of those gatherings stood for an occasion God had acted for them.

For me, I write down items. I have notebooks in various places, and I record God’s blessings in them. I carry one little notebook in my purse. While I have different sections in the notebook for meeting different purposes, the most important section is right at the beginning, where I list God’s blessings to me. I have small and large ones written down. Reading them carries me back to the situation and I have a renewed sense of gratitude for God’s care and provision for me. Remembering what God has already done helps me have faith for challenges ahead (and there’s always challenges ahead!) and helps me have a more optimistic view of the future. In the past, I tended toward despair, so being able to counteract that downward slide is important.

©P. Booher

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A Sacrifice of Praise

“By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Book of Hebrews, Chapter 13, verse 15, KJV.

I’m not happy with some of the circumstances of my life right now.

Some kind of virus tackled me a couple days before Christmas, and I still feel lingering effects, and the other day at work I overheard something that’s not the sort of thing an employee wants to hear. Plus, the news in my country is unsettling, to say the least.

This morning as I prayed I gave God a “sacrifice of praise”. A sacrifice  means a cost is involved; it requires giving up something–often time or money. A sacrifice of praise means praising God when it’s hard, when you don’t feel like it. It’s easy to praise or thank God when things are going well. For me, the sacrifice here is to give up my feelings about my circumstances and praise Him anyway. I praised God for His goodness, His care, His sovereignty–all attributes which don’t change, regardless of what else changes.

I have no guarantee my circumstances will improve the way I want them to; giving a sacrifice of praise isn’t to change the things that are bothering me. But praising God during difficult or uncertain times changes me. I view the circumstances differently because I see them through the filter of faith in God Who is good no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, God Who is bigger than my circumstances.

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD….” Psalm 150:6 (KJV)

©P. Booher


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