Day 29 – Count It All Joy

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness recognizes you will face tests and challenges. They will come at you from all sides. They give you the opportunity to live out and grow in your faith in Jesus Christ.

Today’s Bible Verse:

James 1:2-4 (KJV), “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

What the Verse Means:

The verse tells us that we will face tests and challenges. These test and trials force you to live your faith or to fail to live your faith.

We shouldn’t run from or try to get out of the situation you are facing. We should trust in God to get us through the circumstances.

Allow God to develop and grow you in your faith. Your testimony will be to his honor and glory.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • I pray that as I face challenges from all sides that I will maintain an attitude of joy. This is especially true as I face the continuing challenges of my illness and its treatments. This includes both the financial burden of the bills and the billing and insurance issues.
  • I pray that I would be prepared through my faith in Christ when the trails of various kinds confront me.
  • I pray that I would be steadfast in my trust in Lord. Why? This is where the steadfastness will have its full effect.

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post.

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Day 28 – Thanks

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness understands the value of giving thanks for what we have.

When living with a chronic illness, it is difficult not to focus on the negative and the bad. Instead of focusing on the adversity we are living through, we should give thanks for what we have.

Today’s Bible Verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV), “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

What the Verse Means:

The verse reminds us that Christians should not only to pray to God but also give thanks to Him. We should thank him for everything, in every circumstance, in joy as well as in sorrow.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, help me always show gratitude to family and friends who aid and support us.
  • Lord Jesus, help me to praise God daily for who he is and for his love and care.
  • God Almighty, I thank you for a loving church, Bible fellowship class, our brothers and sisters-in-Christ who help and support me.
  • I give thanks for the quality medical care and counsel I have as well as the health insurance that pays for so much of the treatment and prescriptions.

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post.

Day 27 – Do Not Lose Heart

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness is not losing heart.

In today’s verse, God is pointing out we should view all earthly adversity in comparison with our future heavenly glory. When we do this, we should be strengthened to endure our human trials.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV), “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

What the Verse Means:

While our bodies (outward man) grow old and suffer from diseases, our spiritual side (inward man) is renewed daily. Too often we only focus on the things we see in this present life. We need to also focus on the spiritual, that is the things that are not seen but given to us by God as a future promise.

These are only seen with our “spiritual eyes.” It takes belief. A part of faith is believing that what God has promised he will undoubtedly bring to pass. I have confidence in God’s word and promises.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, help me to focus on you and not lose heart.
  • Lord Jesus, help me remember that while my outer body is perishing, yet my inward body is being renewed daily.
  • God, I realize the chronic illness I am facing won’t last forever but is working in me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
  • Lord God, help me to not look at my circumstances which are temporary but to look on the things that are not now seen, but eternal.

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Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post.

Day 26 – Comfort

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness understands God’s comfort is available for you.

Have you ever been overwhelmed by your thoughts of how you will be able to handle or manage your chronic illness? Have the “what ifs” overtook you? Are any of your thoughts confused and even torturing you with the cares and fears about the future?

Today we will see how God’s comfort delights our soul. His promises, contained in His word (the Bible), and the memory of our past experiences of His care and kindness to us, afford us comfort. They can restore our discouraged mind.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 94:19 (KJV), “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”

What the Verse Means:

When we are worried because of considering various possible outcomes and scenarios, listening to ungodly counsel from well-meaning friends, or just drowning in self-pity, we need to return to the Lord for real rest and comfort.

God’s comfort satisfies my soul. Focusing and meditating on His Word and teachings comfort me and delight me. True satisfaction only comes from God’s Holy Spirit!

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, I confess too often my thoughts are filled with various and confusing ideas. Protect me from the negative thinkers and their contrary
  • Lord Jesus, I confess at times I am tortured with cares and fears about my future due to my chronic illness.
  • God Almighty, I praise you because your comfort delights my soul.
  • I have heard your promises taught in Sunday School as well as heard them preached in church, and have read in the Bible. They comfort me.
  • Lord, the memory of my experiences of your care and kindness to me, affords me such comfort as they restore my at times discouraged mind.

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Thy Will Be Done

Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post

Day 25 – Shelter and Tower

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness understands God is there for us as our strength and a place of shelter. Sometimes the daily struggles of living with a chronic disease overwhelm us.

At these times, we need a place of retreat, a place of refuge. The Believer in Jesus Christ has such a situation. It is to come before God. We can do this by reading the Bible, praying, and being still as we wait and listen for God’s still, small voice.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 61: 3 (KJV), “For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”

What the Verse Means:

Today’s verse reminds us of God’s faithfulness to King David in times past, how God has delivered us. As a Christian, we too can remember God’s faithfulness in our life.

We know the comfort we have felt from his presence and how we have found safety in His word and presence. We also know because of God’s faithfulness to us in the past and His unchanging nature.

He will not leave us now. He is a high tower of protection for us from the enemies we face.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Father in Heaven as I reflect on your Word I remember your faithfulness to me in times past.
  • Lord Jesus, I thank you for your protection and provision in the past.
  • God of the Heavens and the Earth, I know you are eternal and that your nature is unchangeable. It is because of this I ask you to deliver me from the illness that is consuming my life.
  • I ask for this deliverance Lord because I have seen your work in my own life and know that only you have the power to deliver me from this malady.
  • I ask this also because my experience is and has been that you are here ministering to me in my time of need.
  • Since you do not sleep, slumber, or change who you are, I know you will not leave me alone as I daily face the illness.

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Thy Will Be Done

Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post

Day 24 – Know God

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness is slowing down and knowing God. As we live with the daily challenges of an ongoing disease it is essential we get adequate rest.

This respite is both physical and spiritual. Today’s Scripture tells us to slow down, that is to be still and know I am God.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 46:10 (KJV), “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

What the Verse Means:

Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning to slow down.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, help me to be still and know you more intimately, and to feel your presence.
  • Lord Jesus, please help me to slow down and even stop when necessary to get to know God.
  • I pray that I would find rest in the adequacy of God.

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Thy Will Be Done

Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post

Day 23 – God is Good

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness understands that sometimes we need a safe place. A Christian has such a safe place in God.

The same God who was powerful enough to create the heavens and the Earth and who could destroy the world with the flood in Noah’s day is compassionate, kind, and charitable in his nature. He is an unquestionable harbor of protection to those who worship and serve him. He is good. Because of his goodness, the Believer is never ignored or deserted by him. God accepts, keeps, and preserves them Believers of Jesus Christ.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Nahum 1:7 (KJV), “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

What the Verse Means:

But though God is steadfast in his power, yet he is merciful, gracious, and beneficent in his nature. God is a sure refuge and protection to those who know him as their Savior, worship him, serve him, and put their trust in him. He knows and pays a regard to all such so that they are never overlooked or neglected by him. As such, God approves, owns, and preserves us.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, I praise you for your goodness.
  • Thank you for being my stronghold in the day of trouble.
  • Thank you for never neglecting me.
  • Thank you for your provision.

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Thy Will Be Done

Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member, the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post