for a Simple Life
still before the Lord and wait patiently
(Psalm 37:7, NIV).
of you with chronic illness and/or pain
can identify with the following poem I
recently wrote. Sometimes I get frustrated
because this illness has lasted for so
long. I would love to be significantly
better or completely well. I'm sure many
of you can relate. It's very difficult
sometimes to be patient and wait on the
Lord to act, but that is what we are called
to do as Christians. We are not promised
a trial free life. Jesus, our Savior,
experienced much suffering on the cross
and we should also expect to encounter
suffering. I hope my poem encourages each
of you to stay close to Jesus and wait
on Him for healing and strength.
my life was only simple, Lord,
How happy I would be.
No more spacing out my activities;
Low energy would not hinder me.
help my friends and neighbors
And do for others all the while.
I'd exercise five times a week
And do it with a smile.
shop until I drop,
No more limited time on my feet.
I'd walk all the way around our block.
That would be a wonderful treat!
fatigue and nausea
No more would weigh me down.
I'd dance around joyfully,
And never wear a frown.
Lord, if my life was simple,
I might forget to pray.
I'd get caught up in the rat race
That drives our culture each day.
want to stay close to You, Lord,
No matter what it takes
To keep me sitting at Your feet
My stubborn will to break.
love to be well today, Lord,
Could you microwave me until I'm done?
I'm tired of being in this slow cooker,
Most days it's just no fun.
Lord, I pray for my attitude
To glorify You each day,
As You continue to refine me
Each and every step of the way.
Tammi R. has suffered with Chronic
Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (or
"CFIDS") for almost fifteen
years. When able, she enjoys swimming,
cooking, sewing, writing and traveling.
Tammi's passion is encouraging others
with chronic illnesses to draw closer
to Jesus Christ and find hope and strength
in Him. Take a minute to visit her website