Can We Have an Abundant Life While Living with Chronic Illness?

abundantCan we really have the abundant life God promises if we are ill all the time? Shelly explains.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Abundance. It’s a common theme this time of year.

I know that I have days when I feel I’m at a deficit in most things–in health, in funds, in choices, in abilities. But the truth is, I have abundance. I have life to the full.

Because of Christ.

Abundant comfort.

“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:5)

Abundance to share.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Abundant grace.

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:14-15)

And we owe Him . . .

Abundant praise.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Prayer: Dear God, you are the God of abundance. Thank You for the plentiful fullness you offer us each day. Please help us to see it even on the days that we struggle. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at

How has God given you abundance in the midst of your hardship?

We have been many things in our life, but we have never been unloved. We may have felt unloved, but we have not been. This song by Michael W. Smith, “Never Been Unloved” reminds us that, yes, we have failed, because we are human. But God loves us no matter what. It is a beautiful video that Shelly thought would speak to you today. -Lisa