I’m happy to introduce today’s guest blogger, Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home. On her blog she writes about family, faith and home – all through the lens of living with a chronic illness.
Do you find there are times when no one understands what you’re going through?
Do you feel like sometimes God is silent or he doesn’t seem aware of your situation? I know I have. It’s in these times that I draw encouragement from the Psalms. They have always spoken to me in a real way. So many of them are filled with raw emotion.
When I read them I am reminded that it is OK to be real with God and to even question Him. He can take it. If David can express his emotions and he was called “A man after God’s own heart”, then we can be expressive with God too.
It’s a challenge living with a chronic illness.
It can cause anxiety, depression, and low self esteem. I know I’ve dealt with all three. One of my favorite Psalms that addresses this is Psalm 41:3 (NIV). It reads, “The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.”
On some days I feel like I can barely get out of bed, so it is comforting to know that God will sustain me even when I feel like I can’t make it through another day. Can you relate?
Psalm 13:1-3 and 5-6 are also Psalms that I turn to when I am feeling discouraged and helpless:
“How long will You forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will You look the other way when I am in need? How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart? How long shall my enemy have the upper hand?
Answer me, O Lord my God; give me light in my darkness lest I die … But I will always trust in You and in Your mercy and shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because He has blessed me so richly.” (TLB)
I’ll be honest, there are some days when I feel far from God.
I long to connect with Him and I feel like I don’t hear anything. I’m so glad David didn’t hesitate to cry out to God with his true feelings, but in the end he says he will always trust in Him. Even when I have questions and wrestle with God, in the end, I too trust God with my life.
My last favorite verses in Psalms are from Psalm 6:2-3;6. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?”
Go ahead and give God everything that’s inside. Lay it before Him and be cleansed and comforted.
Do you look for encouragement from the Psalms? I would love to know which ones are your favorite.