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    Faith and Health

    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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    Prayer

    13 Powerful Prayers for Mental Strength in Difficult Times 

    Struggling with poor health has completely changed my life. But not everything has been bad.   One of the good things that has come from learning to live with a chronic illness is increased mental strength.   Facing physical illness and health conditions that will never go away has forced me to lean heavily on God’s love and the Presence of God in my life. Which in turn has helped to build up my faith, resilience, perseverance, and mental toughness.   It taught me to pray more. To read God’s Word more. To practice Biblical meditation on meaningful Bible verses.   And to remember that while I may not be able to see what…

  • A woman sitting peacefully in a field looking to her side.
    Faith and Health

    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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    Bible Verses

    50 Encouraging Bible Verses About Mental Strength 

    As someone who struggles with a chronic illness, I know how exhausting health issues can be both physically and mentally.   But you don’t have to struggle with poor health to realize that life is hard sometimes. (Isn’t that an understatement!) And that developing mental strength can be very beneficial.   The first thing we need to do when thinking about building up our mental strength is turn to God and His Word. Because there are so many things God can do to help us.  By reading, meditating on, and studying these verses we can learn how to be strong mentally, so we are better prepared for the hard moments of life.  …

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    Prayer

    Prayer for A Better Tomorrow: 10 Powerful Prayers of Hope  

    Living with a chronic illness means I have some hard days. Days when I just lay on the couch because doing anything makes me light-headed and dizzy. On those hard days my only thought is to get all the rest I can so that tomorrow is a better day.   But often, as I rest I find myself crying out to God. To be completely honest, I usually start off by throwing a little pity party. But eventually, I find myself surrendering to God’s plan for my life. And trusting that there is a reason He allows these health issues to plague me.   And this is exactly what we should do.  …

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    Prayer

    Acceptance Prayer: 5 Prayers for Surrendering It All to God  

    A not-so-great fact of my life is that I struggle to let go and give it all to God. I have a hard time surrendering control of my life to Him. Even knowing that He knows what is best for me.   I love being able to fix things. To figure it out on my own. To manipulate situations so that the outcome is what I want it to be. And come up with solutions that will make things better.   This is great in the workplace. I can solve problems with computer issues or come up with ideas to better serve our customers.   It’s even great with my kids and…

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    Bible Verses

    36 Bible Verses On Appreciation and Gratitude to God 

    Suffering from health conditions isn’t easy. And so, finding ways to make our lives easier while dealing with broken bodies is very important.   As it turns out, there are many benefits of gratitude listed in the Bible and science is showing that gratitude has been linked to better emotional, mental, and even physical health.   If something as simple as saying, “thank you” can have a profound impact on our lives, health, and mood . . . then we should make it a priority. The problem is that being grateful doesn’t come naturally. It’s something we have to be intentional about. Something we have to work at.   This is…

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    Faith and Health

    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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    Bible Study

    10 Powerful Lessons From the Book of Ruth

    When I was first diagnosed with a chronic illness, it felt like my life had been shattered. All my hopes, plans, and dreams for my future were ruined. The reality of what I was facing overwhelmed my heart. And it felt like my whole world was falling apart.   Have you ever been there?   In a place where you realize life is never going to be the same? A place where you’ve cried out to God over and over again in prayer … and yet your prayers seem to be met with nothing but silence? A place where you feel lost and all alone in the struggles you’re facing?  Have you…

  • A woman's hands holding up two pieces of a broken heart. One piece in each hand, pinched between her finger and thumb.
    Bible Verses

    40 Comforting Bible Verses for Healing from Trauma  

    When I first became a Christian, I thought my life would be easy. I thought if I did all the right things like going to church, reading my Bible, and making time for daily prayer . . . then God would bless me with an easy life. But then I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. And through that awful experience God completely changed my perspective. The truth is Jesus never promised us an easy, comfortable life. In fact, He told us it would be the exact opposite. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But…