Can You Be Chronically Ill and Still Find Contentment?

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Timothy 6:6-7)

“I wish I had ____________.” “I wish I was ____________.” (Fill in the blanks). Every day we come across things we wish we could change or things we wish we could have (especially when we are chronically ill). The way our society is, it’s hard NOT to compare ourselves to others and to be critical. So, what does Scripture tell us about our self-worth and being content?

• God made us beautiful and in His image. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14) We were created for a purpose and a plan,even those of us with physical limitations. How exciting!

• God looks at our hearts, not our material possessions and external beauty. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b) External beauty will fade, but inner character will not.

• You learn to be content; it’s a life-long process. “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12b-13)

True contentment comes from knowing God and allowing Him to work in your heart. When you are focused on God, you don’t have time to look at all the things you wish you could change; you’re too busy doing God’s work. That is the key. Spend time with the Lord, meditate on His precepts, and do the assignments He gives you.

Once you start doing that regularly, you’ll find your heart bursting with joy and peace, no matter what your circumstances may be.

Prayer: God, thank you for working in my life, for using me and for providing for my needs. Amen.

About the Author
Bridget Gazlay resides in the beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, IBS, arthritis and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric cards as she is able. Bridget’s prayer is for readers who come across her writing or fabric cards to see that she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” You can reach Bridget at: or Make sure to check out her new blog: .

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