Guilt And Chronic Illnesses


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I’ve been having to stay in bed due to my Lyme for over a week now. I can tend to get really discouraged during these times because I don’t feel as if I can serve anyone or like I’m not doing what I should be doing. It can be very common for those with a chronic illness to feel as if they are a burden. However, you don’t have to feel guilty, because this is where the Lord currently has you.

One thing you can do to help your feelings of guilt is prayer. There are many things that we could-and should-lift up to the Lord in Prayer! Pray for your health, your guilt, for Him to show you a way you can serve, for encouragement and peace, pray for your friends and family, and you can pray for those who you know are also going through a trial.

Make a list of things that you can do while sick. Using a list I feel much more accomplished in my daily living than before. It also serves as a good reminder; when my brain is too foggy to think of anything to do I can just look at my list and find something.

Find a way that you can serve people; ask the Lord to show you a way. I was praying for this over a year ago now, and I felt led to start blogging about my illness, and other important issues to me. Now I did not like this idea, because I was trying to hide my illness from the outside world. However, I slowly started blogging more often. And you know what? It got easier, I felt encouraged, I can now encourage others through my blog, and I can serve as a witness to Christ. Another way to serve which I want to start doing is sending hand written cards to people who need encouragement. If however my arthritis is too bad I could type it up on the computer and print it out on some nice paper.

Take it one day at a time. It can be hard for me to think of the future, whether one week or five years into the future. I wonder what health problems I will have and if I will be able to serve others. However, the future is not ours to worry about! The Lord is in complete control and His plan is far better than ours. What good does worrying about tomorrow bring? Try to live one day at a time for the Lord.

It can be hard to be content where the Lord has you with a chronic illness, I’ve been through it and am still going through it. However, if we go through it trying to bring glory to the Lord and encourage others it helps us as well. If anybody reading this is currently going through a chronic illness, or any trial, please feel free to comment and ask for prayer, or email me at

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