CHRONIC ILLNESS & DISABILITIES

GOD'S PEACE IN THE MIDST OF PAIN

KEYS FOR LIVING 

CHRONIC ILLNESS & DISABILITIES

GOD'S PEACE IN THE MIDST OF PAIN

“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”

1 Kings 22:5

People in pain need peace.  Most people who suffer from chronic pain assume, If I could just get rid of this illness, I would have peace.  Peace is not dependent on wellness. Although Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was to drink from a different cup of suffering, He yielded His will to the will of the heavenly Father. He modeled how people in pain should pray …

“ ‘Abba, Father,’ he [Jesus] said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’ ”

Mark 14:36

What Is a Chronic Illness?

  • A chronic illness is a persistent, unhealthy condition of the body that lingers over a long period of time.
  • The word chronic comes from the Greek word chronos, which means “time.”
  • A person who lives with chronic illness suffers physical weakness, frequent discomfort, and often a life of persistent pain.
  • This cup of suffering holds not just physical stress, but sometimes also a large measure of emotional distress because of a decrease in caring relationships, social opportunities, and spiritual understanding.

“My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.”

Psalm 31:10

Question: “What is the difference between a chronic illness and a physical disability?”

A person who has a physical disability such as blindness, deafness, or paralysis may have excellent health otherwise. The impairment may have resulted from a onetime illness. Some disabled persons, however, live with the pain of an ongoing or chronic illness.

“Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable?”

Jeremiah 15:18

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Grace Filled Words:

“For my power is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

Psalm 119:28

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

Additional Scriptures: 

2 Corinthians 12:7–10 

Galatians 2:20

Isaiah 35:5–6

1 Peter 1:6–7

Common Chronic Illnesses / Disabilities

Acid Reflux

Addison’s Disease

AIDS

Allergies

Alzheimer’s Disease

Amputations

Anemia

Angina Pectoris

Arthritis (both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Asthma

Autism

Bell’s Palsy

Blindness (sight impairment)

Bronchitis

Bursitis

Cancer

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Cataracts

Cerebral Palsy

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Pain

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Colitis

Congestive Heart Failure

Crohn’s Disease

Cystic Fibrosis

Deafness (hearing impariment)

Dermatitis

Diabetes

Diverticulitis

Emphysema

Epilepsy

Fibromyalgia

Gall Bladder Disease

Glaucoma (Chronic)

Gout

Grave’s Disease

Hodgkin’s Disease

Hypertension

Hyperthyroidism/ Hypothyroidism

Hemophilia

Hepatitis

Hypoglycemia

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Kidney Disease

Leukemia

Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

Lupus

Lyme Disease

Macular Degeneration

Mental Illness

Migraine Headaches

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Paraplegia/Quadriplegia

Pancreatitis (Chronic)

Parkinson’s Disease

Pneumonia

Prostatitis

Sickle Cell Anemia

Sleep Disorders (Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy)...

 

 

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