Chronic illness is hard, but you're not alone.

Chronic illness Practical Tools

Chronic illness is hard, but you’re not alone.

Join fellow travelers on this journey through loss and grieflaughter and hope. No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, or how long the winter, there is hope. There is always hope.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

How to Live Well with Chronic Illness

Living well with chronic illness begins with understanding who we are in Christ: we are God’s beloved, His masterpiece, created in His image, and filled with His Spirit.

The first step is extending compassion to ourselves, recognizing that chronic illness is hard, but we are still here. We have endured. Persevered. Persisted.

Let that backpack full of shame slide off your shoulders. Set down the heavy stack of pain. Drop your suitcase full of suffering, shake free from expectation, and release the dragging guilt.

Instead, Jesus invites: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

As we learn to release expectation and loosen our grip on control, we begin to sense God’s Presence in every heartbeat, His beauty woven through every atom of creation.

“Come,” invites the Prince of peace. Lean in, drink deep, and savor.

A PLACE TO BEGIN

Step in with our FREE printable: Story Matters – Writing the Story of Your Illness. Whether you see yourself as a writer or not, you have a story, and it matters.

Let the questions percolate. Remember where you’ve been, and trace the moments that have prepared you for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14)

Brainstorm and bullet point as you journey back across the years the locusts have eaten. (Joel 2:25)

Seek God’s Presence. Listen for the dreams He established in your soul, the calling He wove into your DNA.

You are an integral, vital, and necessary member of the Body of Christ. Without you, the Body is incomplete.

Come.

Lean in and learn to thrive in a life with chronic illness.

Practical Tools to Express Your Story and Connect More Deeply with God

  • What are you passionate about?
  • Who can you pray for?
  • When have you felt most deeply connected to God?
  • What skills, hobbies, gifts, or abilities do you have?
  • Who can you encourage?
  • Where did you find your greatest joy as a child? What brings you joy today?
  • When do you sense God’s pleasure?

Use the questions in our Story Matters printable to step into story. Walk through the details, remember, and let pain do its work. Grieve. Celebrate. Smile. Laugh. Step into joy forged in the crucible of suffering.

Use the Creative Ways printable as a springboard. Brainstorm, dream, and open your heart to new possibilities. You are an indispensable member of the Body of Christ.

FREE PRINTABLES

Chronic Joy Study Series

Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered

DISCOVERING HOPE: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness (Book 1)

Cindee Snider Re

This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.

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Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered

FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness (Book 2)

Cindee Snider Re

What if purpose looks different than we believe?

This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God's — a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.

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Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered

EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness (Book 3)

Cindee Snider Re

This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for despite our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.

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I TAKE YOU IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH: Marriage with Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

Rejuvenate, revitalize, rekindle, and reconnect with this insightful and enriching 10-chapter study (designed just for couples) that offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.

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Video 

THROUGH CHRIST, WE ARE STRONG

Joni Eareckson Tada

“I’ve got strength sent straight from heaven. Joy hard-fought-for and hard-won.” Click here to watch and be encouraged from the Living Hope: Annual Conference, Diamonds 2019.

CHOOSING JOY IN SUFFERING

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

“Pain is what draws us to God.” Click here to watch from the Living Hope: Annual Conference, Diamonds 2019.

6 STRUGGLES WE FACE IN SUFFERING AND HOW THE GOSPEL SPEAKS TO THEM

Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell

“Loneliness strips away the external comfort found in those around me, driving me to find comfort in Christ alone.” Click here to watch and glean Gospel comfort from the Living Hope: Annual Conference, Diamonds 2019.

YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN

Esther Smith

“Any activity, no matter how small, that fills your day that you do with a reliance on God and for the glory of God is the work of the Lord.” Click here to watch Esther from the Living Hope: Annual Conference, Diamonds 2019.

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