Worry

Within the last year, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. No, it isn’t life threatening though it sometimes develops into cancer.

What’s the disease you ask? It is oral lichen planus.

I won’t get into the sickness, but I will share how I am dealing the challenges. While I am under a physician’s care, my focus will be on the spiritual. I am a Christian. My Christian faith is foundational for managing the emotional challenges.

I find comfort from reading the Holy Bible and applying the Bible verses to my life and praying using the Bible verse(s) as my prayer.

Today’s Bible verse:

Matthew 6:34 (King James Version), “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

What the verse means:

What the verse is saying in today’s English is give your entire attention to God. Look for what He is doing in your life today. With the focus in the here and now we’re able to not get worried or worked up over what may or may not happen tomorrow. There’s a reason why we shouldn’t get worked up. The reason? God will help you and me deal with whatever comes our way, no matter how challenging or difficult they trials are.

Praying using the verse:

  1. Father in Heaven, help us to focus on today and see You and Your activity in our life.
  2. Lord, help us not to get too worried or concerned about what may or may not happen tomorrow. Teach us how to trust in You and let You take control of our life.
  3. We thank you for the promise that you will help us deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
  4. We ask for the grace to handle today and we trust tomorrow to the Lord.

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The Lord Sustains

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As you battle your chronic illness you will face negative thinkers. Some don’t believe in God or prayer. They feel and say that prayer and Bible reading is a waste of time and energy. Others may have a general belief in God but don’t believe he knows or cares about you. They may acknowledge a divine creation but don’t see God involved in everyday activities and life. Today’s Bible verse reminds us some think is no help from God. The truth is God is our only hope.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 3:2-6 (KJV), “Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”

What the Verses Mean:

God is here today for us. He is our hope. God will sustain us as we face life’s challenges, including dealing with a chronic illness.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Thank you, Lord, for being our shield, glory, and the one that lifts up our head. You are our ever present help.
  2. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for hearing our voices when we cry out to You.
  3. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for sustaining us every day as we face our chronic illness.

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Gratitude

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Dealing with a chronic illness can be daunting. As a Believer in Jesus Christ, we have Him to walk with us. He makes the task less daunting.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Colossians 2:6-7 (KJV), “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

What the Verses Mean:

First, we are told who our faith must be in. It must be in Jesus Christ. If you haven’t accepted Him as your Lord and Savior why not do it today? After accepting Christ we are to walk with Him. Our faith needs to spend time with Him in His Word, that is the Bible as well as in Bible study and under Biblical teaching. The result of being a Believer, knowing and applying God’s Word to our life with thanksgiving will have the chronic illness be less daunting.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Heaven Father, thank you for sending Your Son Jesus Christ.
  2. Lord Jesus help us to have the desire to and to walk with you every day.
  3. We pray that we would be established in the faith as You have taught.
  4. Help us to be abounding with Thanksgiving.

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Place of Rest

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Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes finding a place of refuge from the world’s cares.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 91:2 (KJV), “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

What the Verse Means:

Notice how the writer of the Psalm begins with a general statement followed by a personal application: “I will say of the Lord,” and then follows with “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” As Believers in Christ Jesus, we have a personal God who is there for us.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that You are God, the one true and living God.
    Lord, You are our refuge.
  2. God, You are our fortress.
  3. To all the world we proclaim – You are our God and in You will we trust.
  4. We pray for our children to be in worship Sunday. We pray You place in their heart the desire to be in church to worship You.

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Overcome

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When living a chronic illness there are times life feels out of control. The challenges of the illness and life and life seem too great. We long for the old normal. We desire a life without tribulation.

Today’s Bible Verse:

John 16:33 (KJV), “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

What the Verse Means:

In spite of the challenges we face, God is with the Believer. We can face tomorrow because of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fact that He has overcome the world.

Praying Using the Verse:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for speaking to us. We pray for the wisdom to listen to what you say.

We praise you that one of the reasons you speak to us is where we can have peace.

While we don’t like to hear in the world we will face tribulation we rejoice that you tell us to be of good cheer and give us the reason why – you have overcome the world!

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Renewal

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes remembering all that God does for us.

Today’s Bible Verses:

Psalm 103:2-5 (KJV), “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

What the Verses Mean:

The benefits of confessing Christ as Savior are more than salvation and having heaven as our final home. It includes remembering all that God does for us. This includes forgiving our iniquities, healing our diseases, redeeming our life from destruction, crowning us with His loving kindness and mercies, satisfy our mouth with good things and renewing our youth like the eagle.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Father God, we say bless the Lord, O my soul,
  2. Lord, help us to forget not all Your benefits:
  3. Thank you for forgiving all our iniquities,
  4. We know it is You who heals all our diseases,
  5. We know it is You who redeems our life from destruction,
  6. We know it is You who crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
  7. We know it is You who satisfies our mouth with good things,
  8. We pray for renewal so that our youth is renewed like the eagle.

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With God, Anything is Possible

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When faced with a chronic illness we may feel surviving day to day is impossible to do over the course of the struggle. With God, anything is possible.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Luke 18:27 (KJV), “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

What the Verse Means:

What is impossible from man’s point of view is possible with God.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Praise God that He is a God of possibilities.
  2. Praise God that while beating your chronic illness may be impossible for man, it is possible to God. He is Jehovah Rapha.
  3. Pray for that you to have a good day of rest both physically and mentally.

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God Protects and Cares for Us

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As we deal daily with our chronic illness, we can use a place of refuge, a safe place. The place of refuge is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s Bible Verses:

Psalm 32:7-8 “For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'”

What the Verses Mean:

God protects and cares for us.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Thank you, Lord, for you are our hiding place.
  2. We are grateful that you protect us from trouble.
  3. You surround me with songs of victory.
  4. Thank you, Lord, for guiding us along the best pathway for our life. You advise and watch over us … and we are grateful.

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Whom Shall I Fear?

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Wondering, worrying and becoming fearful of what the future holds or what others think of us as we confront our chronic illness is a place we just can’t live! We must remember the Scriptures and remind our hearts the Lord God alone is our light and our salvation!

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 27: 1-3 (KJV) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”

What the Verses Mean:

With God on our side as Believers in Jesus Christ, we can defeat fear and have confidence.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. Thank you, Lord, for being our light and our salvation. Because of this, whom shall we fear?
  2. Thank you, Lord, for being the strength of our life. Because of this, of whom shall we be afraid?
  3. When confronted with bad things like a chronic illness, our heart shall not fear. In Christ Jesus, we will be confident.

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We Have An Inheritance

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When faced with a chronic illness we realize our normal has changed. We have the new normal of the daily medicines, therapy, and sometimes chemo. A once envisioned future evaporates. We wonder what the tomorrow holds. The good news is that as Believers in Christ Jesus, we do have an inheritance. Cancer, heart disease, a stroke, high blood pressure, glaucoma, COPD or any disease/illness cannot take that future bequest away from you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

1 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”

What the Verses Mean:

As Christians, we have an inheritance through Jesus Christ.

Praying Using the Verses:

  1. We bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. We thank our Heavenly Father for His abundant mercies that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have a Living Hope, even as we battle a chronic illness like Miss Benita’s cancer.
  3. We praise You for the inheritance we have in Jesus Christ. The inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled and does not fade away. It does not disappear when we get a chronic illness.

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