Posts by Elyse Simon

Elyse Simon

Elyse Simon

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Elyse is a recent graduate with a fondness for the outdoors. After a simple slip on the ice left her with chronic pain syndrome, she began to see how God does work all things for good. Armed with Biblical truth and her TENS unit, Elyse uses her experiences to encourage young adults with the message that they can thrive in the face of difficult circumstances.

Mourn Your Losses but Trust God’s Plan

I refused to acknowledge my final struggle until I couldn’t take it anymore and broke down. I reminded myself of God’s steadfastness but hadn't allowed myself to mourn what I was going through.


“You can mourn the life you thought you’d have and still trust God’s plan.” Elyse Ogbourne

Boasting in Weakness Shows God’s Strength

Sometimes it can be hard to look at what God is doing as a blessing, but He also uses unique challenges to make radical differences in the lives of his followers and those around them. Boasting in weakness seems backwards, but it shows God’s strength. Think of the powerful impact you might have if you shared your weaknesses with those around you.


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses., so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Feeling Betrayed by God? Pray Anyway

Do you fight an inward battle between feeling betrayed by the Lord and feeling guilty about asking him to take the thorn away? He is big enough to meet you in the middle of your pain. It might not feel like he responds right away, but I promise you, He is listening.


"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me." 2 Corinthians 12:8

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