Thanks so much to all our wonderful commenters last week at our web site and over at the Chronic Illness Devotions site!
We are excited to announce our goodie bag winner for our first week.
Our random winner is Ada A.. Ada wrote:
When we have to deal with a chronic illness, it’s not something that will go away just by thinking on something positive like some tell us to do. The illness remains with us no matter what. Chronic is just that … it remains. Therefore, we must learn to cope, and that means that we must learn to ‘lean on a stronger source’, and thankfully as Christians we have a source higher than us, and that is Jesus.
He is there for us 24/7, and just a whisper away. I find for myself that whenever discouragement, or thoughts and feelings of oppression loom, I turn to music; and one that comes to mind even now is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” …and when we do that, as the words continue to tell us “the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace”.
Thank you, Ada! We will get your goodie bag right out in the mail, as well as a copy of our new Beyond Casseroles DVD!
Did you have a chance to read some of the comments? Thanks so much to everyone for sharing! Here are a couple of comments we thought you’d like to continue to be encouraged during those tough days.
Thank you for voicing this topic. Discouragement and depression are very common feelings in our “disabled” or chronically ill condition yet something we don’t like to discus. Most Christains, on the phsically able side. just don’t understand this in other Christians.
When I need to refocus and refresh I love to play my ABC game. In this game, which is more fun when played with others,I call out a letter in the alphabet then everyone playing thanks God for something beginning with that letter. Get down, creative and funking when looking for all the one word blessings you can list. Can’t last too long ’till praise and laughter prevail.
I’ve discovered that listening to African-American gospel music really helps me. Which some think is a little unusual for a fifty-something white woman. But for others out there of the pale persuasion, I would like to recommend getting some kind of gospel collection from the library and finding which artists you like. The library also usually has their latest releases. I’ve found songs that are a great comfort when my self-esteem hits rock bottom, and also songs that make me get up and dance (or at least sing into my hairbrush).
If anyone wants my personal favorites just to get started, let me know.
May God grant you his peace, Drew