Saturday, October 24, 2015

Emergency Numbers: Spoonie Edition

Chronic illness definitely opens the door to unique spiritual struggles.  Here are a few scriptures that help me endure the most overwhelming of days. 
Needing strength during a flare? 
Psalm 73:26 - “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” 
Anxiety over progression, test results, or a procedure? 
1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you.” 
Envious of others not struggling with illness?
Proverbs 14:10 - “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.”
Disease interfering with YOUR plans? 
Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you,“ declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Too ill to be around others and feeling isolated?
Deuteronomy 31:6 - “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Need aid in forgiving unsupportive friends/family?
Colossians 3:13 - “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Bad pain day and not understanding the purpose?
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
Losing sight of blessings and hope?
James 1:12 - “Blessed is the one who perseveres.”