During the hardest times of my life, I had trouble consistently reading the Bible and connecting with God.
Have you ever felt that way?
Even though I was a Christian and wanted to honor the Lord with my life, which included being faithful in daily prayer and Bible reading, I found myself feeling distant from God. Whenever brain fog from Lyme Disease and co-infections would come on strongly, I would be faced with a block in my mind. That mental block left me unable to pray or comprehend scripture in the way I desired.
I just didn’t feel connected to God anymore.
In Finding Hope with the Fog (get your copy – it’s free!), I share about the way God met me in one of my weakest moments when I was having a panic attack. He used the Psalms to remind me of how good He is. He showed me that I can always turn to Him in troubled times even if I can’t always feel His presence.
Reading the Psalms is something I now do regularly because I can connect to the emotions of the Psalmists and am always reminded of the bigger picture in our suffering.
It may feel as if God is distant and He doesn’t hear our cries of suffering, but that’s not true. God knows. He loves us and He will respond and be our place of refuge!
As, we are reminded in Psalm 9:10, the Lord has never forsaken those who seek Him!
So, I encourage you, no matter where you are in your journey of chronic illness or regular life weariness, to seek Him.
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I hope these verses from the Psalms will be a good starting point. (All verses are in the NIV translation)
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the sovereign Lord my refuge. I will tell of all your deeds.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
P.S. My favorite way to highlight verses in my Bible is with these colored pencils. :)