Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

Chronic Love: Trusting God While Suffering with A Chronic Illness

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For those of us who are in Christ, we have the assurance that we will enter His kingdom whole and complete, and that one day He will give us resurrection bodies. For true and lasting comfort we must dig deeper into God's Word and the context in which those much-used passages were written.

Two of the main points that “Chronic Love” makes are that suffering makes us like Christ and also increases our dependence on God. It is through the fall, that those things became a part of the human condition, not ordained by God as many understand the word ordained. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. As for the theology presented, and in an effort to discredit it by a few reviewers, I am saddened (and somewhat disturbed) that so many haven't learned yet, or are not willing to accept the amazing comfort of the theology of affliction, let alone the character of God revealed in scripture.I have lived with MS for 20 years and Brooke’s book touched me and hit me hard just knowing I’m not alone. In Luke 22:42 we see the most stunning reality of the mystery of suffering as our Lord Himself pleads to the Father through agony and great drops of blood, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done. I was looking for more deep insight in living with chronic illness and the way out of making an idol of it, letting it take over life and lead into dark thoughts. In Chronic Love, Brooke Bartz reveals a deeply raw and descriptive account of life with a chronic and debilitating illness, and she shares with readers how comfort and strength can be found through the Truth in God's Word. Having “invisible” disabilities makes life more challenging because people assume you are well and don’t understand why you can’t do things or go places.

I began reading “Chronic Love” by Brooke Bartz because I have suffered over the past 4 years with Chronic illness/disability which has made me want to give up and has tested my faith many times. It will be so helpful to me to have the personal stories and all of the many wonderful scripture to refer back to when I am feeling so down.The book shows women how to really dig deep into God's Word and rely on him, even through the toughest days. Many of us would do as well for ourselves to handle the perplexities of chronic illness the way this author has. Paul said the most stunning words, "For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake. This year I have endeavored to stop waiting for my conditions to improve and really persist in glorifying God more than ever in spite of the pain and symptoms, so this book was a very timely read.

While it is obvious the author has the spiritual gift of exhortation, I wish the format would be a bit easier to read. The goal is to have the best quality of life possible while acknowledging that I will always be disabled.There is so much more about Christ suffering in us, feeling our infirmities, being under the yoke and bearing the burden of our afflictions and our anxieties. The idea that God ordains chronic illness, gives it to people for His purposes is utterly disagreeable for me. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.

Clearly the agony and how our Lord would be treated and killed was within God the Father's direct and ordained will. We hope that these conversations can offer a needed counterpoint to the often sterile portrayals of illness and treatment in the service of helping those living with illness to feel less alone; to offer supportive others a lens through which they may more sensitively meet the needs of their fellow humans with illness; and to raise awareness, curiosity, critical thought, and contemplations of change as we lean into issues that impose further hardship on humans living with illness. We live in a fallen world, and aren't promised a pain free life, but Brooke reminds us that suffering draws us closer to the Lord.As Bartz reminds us, “[t]o have physical health but no salvation is the most fatal and terminal disease of all. It has really shown me how strong those like me are and as CHRIST continued to trust in God knowing there will be an eternal ever after in a body that is not ill ridden but healthy and free. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

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