First of all, I’d like to say that I’m so sorry since some sort of pain probably drew you here. I understand, I really do, and I wish this wasn’t the case for you. But, (and that is a BIG but!) God is still good even in our pain.
Secondly, you aren’t alone and if you are anything like me, knowing this makes a huge difference. And, as always, God Himself promised to be faithful.
My Story: I’ve had fibromyalgia as long as I can remember; aches and pains permeated preschool, but constant pains was my normal so much that I didn’t know otherwise. In high school it took a flare up so significant, I could barely walk to realize that something was drastically wrong and thus began my journey with fibro.
Grief turned life upside down. Carefully mapped out plans had to change completely because, even though I fought to grow healthier, this disease will be with me for the rest of my life. It was a profound loss, but in my many conversations with God, He gently reminded me that I only have one life and spending it bitter about being sick is fruitless. I still need to live fully with what He has given me.
I started writing.
I have been amazed how God has used this incredibly painful thing for unbelievable good both in my life and in those around me.
Living in pain has brought some wonderful resources into my path for dealing with chronic illness and keeping a Godly perspective on it all. Please check out my articles about things I’ve been learning through pain and links to other ministries that are really encouraging! Also, I love comments and please know that I read everything and am thrilled to pray for you!
Uncommon Grace: Dealing With Chronic Illness
The Problem of Pain – about the “whys” of pain, illness, and suffering
Other Chronic Illness Resources
maryhenderson.org – one Godly woman’s story with fibromyalgia
You can purchase her book, Break Free: Journey with God Through Chronic Illness to Health. It was a huge encouragement to me and would be helpful for others struggling with chronic illness personally or if you simply know someone who is. (Please note this is an affiliate link- you will not pay more using it, but your support helps with this site’s operating costs. Thank you! See Disclosure Policy for more information).
restministries.com – a website devoted to serving those with all kinds of chronic illnesses founded by a Godly woman, Lisa Copen. I feel honored to have been a contributor, especially after all the encouragement I’ve been given. Here are links to my articles with them and check out the other writers too; they are wonderful!
- God’s Plans For My Children in My Chronic Illness
- Celebrating Easter Joyfully Even When We Don’t See Christ
- Letting Our Light Shine In Chronic Illness
- Being Beautiful to God Even When Ill
- I’m Enough Even Though I’m Sick
- What Will Be The Legacy of God in Your Illness?
- What Defines Me in My Illness?
- Finding Peace in the Midst of the Chaos of Illness
- When God Uses Our Brokenness