Day 6 – Rest

Part of learning to live with a chronic illness is resting in the Lord.

Living with a chronic illness can leave you tired and weary. I am talking about becoming bone tired. I am talking about the type of fatigue that a vacation or even a sabbatical cannot cure.

You may be like my late wife was when she was battling Stage Four Melanoma cancer. She found herself very tired.

The juggling of her schedule to visit the surgical oncologist, managing oncologist, dermatologist, thyroid doctor, blood work, biopsies, surgery, second surgery, PET scans, CAT scans, MRIs, days and weeks of radiation treatments, months of daily chemotherapy prescription medications, waiting for UPS or FedEx to deliver the refrigerated prescriptions from the special pharmacy, visits to the lymphedema therapist, seven days a week lymphedema therapy at home with the machine that sounds like Darth Vader with its sleeve that looks like Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street plus managing her work schedule to maintain health insurance had her exhausted.

Then there is her eating schedule. She had to take the meds and wait two hours to eat or eat and wait several hours before she could take the medications.

You get the picture and can relate. Like my wife, you get tired. You need to rest. You need God.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Exodus 33:14 (KJV), “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

What the Verse Means:

The Lord is telling Moses that he that is the Lord will personally go with him. He that is the Lord will give him rest. He is informing Moses that everything will be fine for him.

The application for the Believer in Christ is the Lord also personally goes with us, gives us rest, and promises that ultimately all will be fine.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence going with us.
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for the rest you give us.
  • God, we ask to experience your rest again this day.
  • Let us use Sundays as the day of rest and worship.

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Thy Will Be Done

Today’s blog post is from the book “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill” by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. It is available in print and on Kindle for Amazon at Amazon Print or Amazon Kindle.

If you are an Amazon Kindle Unlimited member the book is available to read for free in Kindle format. Over the next two months, I will publish each chapter as a blog post

Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.

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