Mercies of God

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As we live with a chronic illness, we sometimes only see the bad. We fail to realize it is owing to the mercies of God that they are not worse.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Lamentation 3: 22-23 KJV, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

What the Verses Mean:

We should observe what the Lord makes for us, as well as what is against us. God’s compassions do not fail. We have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever. It is our duty and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. God our Father, thank you that your steadfast love never ceases. Your love awaits us daily.
  2. Lord Jesus, we praise you that your mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning.
  3. We testify great is your faithfulness.
  4. We continue to ask for healing for our or our loved one’s chronic illness.

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God’s Way

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is realizing God’s way is perfect.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 18:30 KJV, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.”

What the verse means:

God’s providence, though sometimes dark, is always wise, just, and blameless. The truth of God’s promises is approved by countless experiences and witnesses.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all You do is perfect.
  2. We acknowledge Your watch care over our loved one as they continue to battle their chronic illness.
  3. We also acknowledge Your protection and provision in all areas of life.
  4. We confess the promises of God are sure, they have been tested, and will never fail.
  5. Thank you for the promise of being our Buckler, that is our shield, as we have our trust in You.

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Pray Without Ceasing

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Dealing with a chronic illness includes realizing it is okay to cry out to God. As Believer’s in Jesus Christ we can place our cares and petitions before the Lord. We can pray without ceasing.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 88:1-2 KJV, “O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;”

What the verse means:

There was no intermission to his prayers. He prayed constantly. Prayer was not his general habit. However, during his time of sickness he prayed. He had prayed that he might be delivered from sickness and from the dangers of death. He had, as yet, obtained no answer. Now the Psalmist prays again recording a more heartfelt and desperate petition to God.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Lord, you are the God who save us.
  2. Heavenly Father, day and night we cry out to You.
  3. Jesus, our prayer comes before You.
  4. We ask that You turn Your ear and hear our cry.

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Learning to Live

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning to live. Part of learning to live is learning to let go.

Today’s Bible Verse

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV), “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

What the Verse Means

The verses remind us we are to completely rely upon God’s wisdom, power, goodness, and upon his providence and promises, for direction and help in all of our life routine matters as well as dangers and big decisions.

Praying using the verses

  1. Heavenly Father, teach us how to give up expectations of life as we once knew them. Show us how to let go of the old “normal.”
  2. Lord, show us how to trust God with our future. Help us learn to live, to “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Help us accept the new “normal.”

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God’s Presence

Dealing with a chronic illness can be a lonely struggle. Sometimes you feel it is you against the world. As a Believer in Jesus Christ, you are not alone. God promises His presence will go with you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Exodus 33:14 (KJV), “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”

What the Verse Means:

The verse tells us that God Himself will is pledging He will go with you. He is not delegating this task to another. We see it manifest in Exodus 13:21 with the fire and cloudy pillar. The rest promised is not only rest from the present anguish and troubles but in due time God will bring them to their resting-place and settled habitation, the Promised Land.

Pray Using the Verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray to feel and experience the comfort of God’s presence.
  2. Help us, Lord, to experience and accept the promise of rest You give.
  3. Pray that your loved ones would experience God’s presence and rest.

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Hope

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One of the hardest things about a chronic illness is its length. If it is not a terminal illness, you find yourself or family member facing its challenge daily. If it is a terminal illness, it may turn into a long goodbye.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Job 11:18 (KJV), “And thou shalt be secure because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.”

What the verse means:

Regardless of the length of the goodbye, for the Christian, there is hope in Jesus Christ.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we feel secure because there is hope.
  2. Because of the hope we have in you, we can rest in security.
  3. Pray for a good day of rest.

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Praise

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Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes praising God

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 86:12, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.”

What the verse means:

We glorify God by praising him. Our end as the creation of God is to praise God. While nothing we do can add to God’s glory, when we praise Him it exalts Him in the eyes of others. When we praise God, we spread his fame and renown. Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In has been said, in prayer we act like men; in praise, we act like angels

Praying using the verses:

1. Father in heaven we pray that we would continue to praise God with all our heart even our loved one faces their illness.

2. Our Lord and Savior Jesus we pray that we would glorify God’s name forevermore.

3. Jehovah God we pray we would focus on Your riches, not our troubles.

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