Faith and Health

Faith and health tips, encouragment, and inspiration to cultivate a rich faith even while dealing with poor health.

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    Hope for the Depressed 

    By Kimberly Wyse Do you wake up each morning, the weight of the world pressing down on your shoulders before your feet even touch the ground?   The battle with depression is not a solitary struggle, although you may feel so alone. It’s an all-consuming force that threatens to drown out the light of hope and joy in your life.  If you’re anything like me, all you want to do is sleep, but sleep can be the most elusive thing. You feel stuck, maybe not even sure what the problem is. You WANT to get better, but the idea of asking for help seems ridiculous or even frightening.  Even though it…

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    Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone: 3 Stories of People Jesus Healed 

    By Mary Rooney Armand Sitting in the chair at the optical store, I knew something was wrong.  The technician looked concerned and asked random questions about my makeup routine and past vision problems.  I was 21 years old and needed a pair of eyeglasses, that’s it. But this visit took an unexpected turn.  According to the optician, she observed something unusual, and I had to see a specialist; not something I expected or wanted to hear.  She referred me to an Ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in eye treatment and surgery.  Oh boy, this sounded serious.  This ordinary day in an optician store began an uncomfortable journey managing and sustaining…

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    How to Build Mental Strength in 10 Profoundly Simple Ways  

    Learning how to live with a chronic illness has forced me to learn how to build my mental strength.  Because I have good days. And bad days. Days when I feel like I can do anything. And days when I can’t get off the couch without feeling dizzy.   When I wake up, I don’t always know what the day is going to bring. Which can be quite frustrating.   But over the years, God has used this trial to help me grow in my faith. To experience His love and Presence in new ways. And to develop the mental strength I need to make it through the hardest of…

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    How to Rest: 7 Revitalizing Types of Rest 

    There’s a lot of talk about how to rest and self-care these days. And with the busyness of our culture, it really is no surprise.  Many of us feel like we are stressed out. Burnt out. And running on empty.   We know we need to rest. But we just aren’t really sure how to.   Not only that but sometimes it can feel selfish to focus on us and our need to rest. And by all means, our selfish hearts can definitely do this. We can make an idol of anything . . . including self-care.  But we also have to remember that we can’t pour from an empty cup.   When…

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    Why Thankfulness Matters: 5 Impressive Health Benefits of Gratitude  

    Since receiving a chronic illness diagnosis many years ago, I have always been on the lookout for new things to try in order to feel better. (Especially if those things are simple, easy, and don’t require taking another medication.)  As it turns out, when God commands us to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) He knew it would not only make us feel good, but it would also work for our good.   Because there are some amazing health benefits to practicing gratitude.   Who knew something as simple as saying, “thank you” could go a long way in improving our overall health and mood. (Well, obviously God did!) What is…

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    5 Incredible Benefits of Admitting You Need Help While Dealing with Poor Health 

    When I was first diagnosed with a chronic illness, I felt like all my hopes, plans, and dreams for my future were ruined. My situation felt hopeless. I was overwhelmed, depressed, and angry.   And in my bitterness and sorrow, I tried to push everyone away.   I didn’t need anyone to feel sorry for me. To have pity on me. And I certainly didn’t want my suffering to cause suffering for anyone else.   Life had knocked me down. But I could handle it on my own. I didn’t need any help. I would pull myself up by my own bootstraps.   I was a strong, independent woman. And I was bound and…

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    15 Practical Tips for Dealing with Grief Over Health Issues

    Any loss can be hard to deal with. Whether that is the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or even our health.   Every loss hurts.   So, how do we practically deal with grief over our health issues? How do we lessen the hurt of those hard moments?   And how do we lean on God to be our strength in our suffering?  What are the 5 stages of grief? When we deal with any kind of loss, including the loss of our health, we often go through specific stages of grief.   The 5 stages of grief are:  How long does grief last for? While most people take a…

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    What Are The 5 Stages of Grief When Facing a Health Diagnosis?

    My life was almost perfect. I had hopes and dreams. I was going to do amazing things. Everything was going according to plan.   Until it wasn’t.   While I’d always been a healthy individual, I suddenly found myself dealing with some rather strange symptoms. This led to an 18-month-long journey filled with a multitude of doctors, appointments, tests, therapies, and treatments. Until finally, one day I received an answer.   At first, I was elated. After all, this meant I wasn’t crazy. It wasn’t all in my head. There really was something wrong with me.   But then it hit me.   There really was something wrong with me.   The doctor had called it a…

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    What Is Gastroparesis? Plus 7 Helpful Tips For Living Well!

    My husband worked hard to prepare a fantastic meal for us. It smelled great and I was looking forward to enjoying it.   We sat down. Prayed together. And began to dig in.   The food was just as amazing as it smelled. I smiled at my husband and thanked him for the food. Then continued eating a couple more bites . . . and that is when it happened.   Again.   I set my fork down and my husband looked at me worriedly.   “What’s wrong?” he asked.   I assured him the food was fine, but that I was full. And he looked at me quizzically and said, “But you only had a couple…

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    Help for Migraines: 5 Painless Tips for Migraine Relief  

    Migraines can cause a lot of problems. They can make everyday life difficult. And they can affect a person’s employment, relationships, and overall well-being.     They can mean missing out on special events, parties, and other fun activities. They can even lead to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and more.     This is why it’s so important to look for ways to find help for migraines What can trigger a migraine? When we know what triggers our migraines, we can find ways to avoid these things. However, migraine triggers can vary drastically from person to person. It might take some time to figure out what your specific triggers are.   Read…