Prayer. Healing. Chronic Illness.
These are tricky topics, and ones I’ve struggled with quite a bit. In these two posts you will find my thoughts… and why prayer has often seemed like a simple ‘wish’ when really it’s more like a magic wand.
Prayer, chronic illness & healing
When I was little I used to search the chip packet for wish chips.
Chips in general were rare, and those double folded chips were even rarer. When you ate them you were meant to make a wish. Like wish bones in chickens and blowing out birthday candles.
Every time I crunched a wish chip, I wished for the same thing… read more
If a wizard doesn’t have a wand, we begin to doubt whether he truly is a wizard. If he has one, and doesn’t use it… well that’s just silly! …
Often my prayers for my Mum’s healing seem repetitive.
They exhaust me.
I don’t feel like dragging sickness into my prayer life… read more.
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“You are important to me”
“Thinking of you as you walk this road”
“I am glad you are part of my world”
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Sharing about chronic illness on social media: It’s difficult.
Particularly when you are only watching someone else’s battle.
That I believe this might come as a surprise, due to the slight fact that this website is full of articles!
Not to mention, I have associated
facebook pages, groups, pinterest, google plus and twitter accounts! That’s a lot of social media.
Yet each time I share about the place of chronic illness in my life (as someone who has sick family members, but is not ill myself), I struggle.
It’s a hard topic to think and talk about – let alone share online with everyone and anyone!
Continue reading “The problem with chronic illness and social media”
Wider supporters will hurt us at times
I think it’s important to acknowledge that either directly or inadvertently, wider supporters can sometimes make life harder rather than easier. It’s part of being human and living in a broken world.
Brush away your complaints or concerns. “Ah well, sickness is part of life, isn’t it? We all have burdens.”
Ask you to take up ministry opportunities when your life is full of caring for your Loved One
Compare your suffering to theirs, “Oh I know exactly how you feel”
Tell you exactly how they feel – without asking how you are
Assume they know what you need, or what you ought to do
Treat you differently because you are a Watcher
Treat you exactly the same, as if being a Watcher has not affected you.
Treat you as a walking newsletter, rather than an individual in your own right
Continue reading “What to do when our wider supporters hurt us”
“… and there’s nothing left to say.”
Chronic illness is…well,
chronic. For the most part, not only does it not end, but it remains the same.
Of course there are changes, developments, progressions – but these are generally subtle in nature and may vary between individuals.
Perhaps our Loved One is slowly but surely declining.
Or maybe their sickness fluctuates without rhyme or reason. Some days they are well, others they are not.
Or perhaps there is simply no visible change at all, just a long, monotonous pain.
Continue reading “Help! People keep asking after my chronically sick family member…”
Clichés fly thick and fast around the world of chronic illness.
Keep fighting. You’re so strong.
God has a plan.
It will turn out all right in the end.
He has his ups and downs.
Do these phrases make you wince? Does anger bubble up your throat when you hear them? Do they make you want to go on a hashtag rant on
Twitter or write a Facebook essay speckled with ‘angry’ emoji?
I know the feeling.
Why we can’t get rid of clichés when we talk about chronic illness
Clichés are part of life. Some words simply fit better than other ones. And so we reuse them.
And reuse them, and reuse them…
… until they lose their meaning.
Continue reading “Why you should use cliches when talking about chronic illness”