Parenting with Chronic Illness: Raising Children When You're Sick

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Raising Children When You’re Sick

Parenting with chronic illness brings countless challenges, but there is abounding peace and overflowing grace surrounding every limitation as we learn to lean on Jesus step by step.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:15-16)


In order to become godly parents, we must first submit and commit to a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9)


Jesus loves us enough to save us through His death and resurrection, and therefore we can love one another, including our children, no matter the circumstances.

With the unconditional love of the Father in our hearts, we can pour into our children the love, joy, and salvation found in Jesus, guiding them on the path to life.

Being a godly parent isn’t determined by how much we can give our children or from the skills we have. It grows from a place of surrender and dependence on God, who loves our children even more than we do.


With Christ, whatever we are able to do—whether big or small—is sufficient.


’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)




1. Understand Your Limitations – With chronic illness comes limits, both physical and mental. Give yourself grace and be encouraged that no matter what roadblocks you face, you will never face them alone.

2. Embrace Community – Find a community to plug into for practical support. This can include family, friends, neighbors, church members, or support groups.

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  • Practice Proactive Parenting – Love covers all! Our gracious God can take even the tiniest spark of hope and initiative to cultivate character and purpose in our children’s hearts. God asks for a willing spirit, then asks to let Him do the rest.   

3. Prayer – Lift everything up to Christ, including the heartbreaks and the celebrations, the questions and the worries. Keep a prayer journal or find a prayer partner to help boost your prayer life. Prayer is as unique as snowflakes with untold ways to converse with our Savior.




Our children are a gift from God and He gave them specifically to us to love, nurture, and protect. While chronic illness may rob us of some of the everyday joys of parenting, with God’s help, we can give our children the one thing they truly need: Jesus.

There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love. (Charles Stanley)

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For A Mother's Soul

May God shower His blessings on all mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and mother-like figures. May He give grace and strength for all your days.

Promises for Parents

Parenting is hard work and parenting children with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability adds unique and sometimes difficult challenges. But what we do every day matters, for it is eternally significant.

Biblical Purpose Statement

YOUR Biblical Purpose

Purpose is the reason something exists or was created. It is the reason we act or choose not to act and encompasses intentions and objectives.

One Minute Prayers for Parents

Just as God breathed life into us (Genesis 2:7), He breathed it into His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). The ancient rhythm of breathing that began in the Garden of Eden is repeated at least a dozen times a minute every day of our lives.

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