Illness, chronic illnesses and disease are extremely tough things to go through. They are life changers, affecting each person differently physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. You need to remember that it affects not only the individual, but also their families. So many people feel alone and that God has given up on them or left them. But that is so far from the truth!
“The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.””
Deuteronomy 31:8 HCSB http://bible.com/72/deu.31.8.hcsb
Holding on tight to your hope and faith in times of trial is key, but not always the easiest thing to do. It is important for people to know they are not alone and that others live and experience these struggles too.
Chronic illnesses and diseases are so hard to work through for many because on the outside they look well, but on the inside they are so greatly suffering. Remember to have compassion this time of year and always. Remember how to be a friend! When you have a friend or family member suffering it is easy to not really know or see how you could help them or maybe you are afraid to ask. Something as simple as a card or even an email can make the world of difference in the lives of someone dealing with illness and I would like to encourage you to remember to do what God has called us to do – to be there for our brothers and sisters.
We are blessed to be so well taken care of… God has worked many miracles around us (he always does), but these miracles have been amazing. Rhonda and Jason from TheFarmersLamp.com are staying in our cabin and have been more of a blessing than we could have ever imagined! I am on a protocol currently to lower the toxins in my body until my surgery which is causing great unpredictability in my body from one minute to the next. He has provided angel after angel that is caring for us in different ways and has opened the door for us to go to the specialist that we need to.
But so many others are not so lucky! Here are some simple ways you can bless someone you know who is ill or struggling:
An encouraging card
A meal (you may need to check to see if the family has any dietary issues)
Take them on errands, to doctor appointments or run their errands for them
A small gift or homemade treasure to brighten their day
Have their children on a play date
A short visit
Clean their house
A financial donation (with illness comes financial burdens)
Some people become too ill for visits and company and you may feel left out in being able to help, but an encouraging card can brighten the spirits of those bed bound in such a big way. To know they are not forgotten nor have upset people because they are too sick for a visit or may need to cancel visit after visit because they are not strong enough or are too sick.
I encourage you to be a light in a dark time for someone you know that is ill or struggling. Pray about the ways you can help and act upon how you are led by the holy spirit. There are so many hurting and struggling people in this world and they often times just need a light during their dark time. Be that light!
Thank you again for your support, love, prayers, kindness, generosity and just being you!
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Tammy Trayer is an author, freelance writer, blogger at TrayerWilderness.com and a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live traditionally off-grid and have a passion to help educate others by sharing their experiences of living off the land, dealing with autism, gluten free and dairy free cooking, self-reliance, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, and much more. Follow Tammy's radio show on iTunes and her website. Keep up with Tammy's informative articles and videos by subscribing to: http://TrayerWilderness.com and http://trayerwilderness.com/youtube. She and her family have also created http://trayerwildernessacademy.com where they will be teaching their homesteading, off-grid, traditional and wilderness survival skills to like-minded people just like you.
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