Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home shares how she finds encouragement through the Psalms. Living with chronic illness is no easy task and her message is one of honesty and encouragement for those seeking it in their faith.

Encouragement from the Psalms: A Guest Post by Tanya Fierro

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)

Living a life of chronic illness can feel more than discouraging - it can feel unbearable at times. Tanya Fierro of My Fruitful Home has shared her thoughts on the blog regarding how she finds encouragement in the Psalms. And how you can, too.

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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.

Tanya blogs at My Fruitful Home about having an abundant life while living with a chronic illness. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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  1. Meredith says:

    It’s nice to hear from a guest blogger and from you in your email, Kami! Sending wishes for healing and peace.

    I do find encouragement from the Psalms these days, although I will admit I was very far from my faith for many, many years. It took a lot of work to reconnect with God, even though God was there all along. I was just too angry and hurt to realize it.

    These days my favorite verse from Psalms is, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (46:10). It reminds me that I am not in control, even though I so often want to be. It also reminds me that I am allowed to just breathe and rest, knowing that God is handling things, even if they’re not exactly how I’d like them to go all the time.

    • Kami says:

      Hi Meredith. 🙂 I love your spirit and heart. This illness life in all its complexities has definitely had an effect on my spiritual life as well (I’ve shared some of that here on the blog). Thank you for sharing this. Sending hugs your way, friend!

    • Tanya says:

      Isnt it comforting to know that God is always there no matter what? Thank you for sharing your favorite Psalm. I can relate to the control thing. Living with a chronic illness sort of forces you to realize we are not in control like we thought.

      • Meredith says:

        Hi Tanya. Yes, you hit the nail on the head! Illnesss has forced me to let go and let God (when I’m not being stubborn, that is. ) Thank you for your blog post!

        I actually just pulled out my childhood Bible last night and looked up this Psalm I mentioned. In that version of the Bible, the verse says, “Cease striving, and know that I am God.” I just sat there and thought, “Wow!” So even though I had a ton on my “to do” list, I let myself be. I actually gave myself a break before pushing myself too hard. Score!

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