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Encouragement for Those Living with Illness

Social isolation can easily occur when you live with a chronic illness. Even if you have wonderful friends, it can be hard to get out of the house and enjoy them.

We've filled up our web site with loads of resources to offer you encouragement, but we've also found some great ones on other web sites.

Please be sure to bookmark us before you leave!

Interesting Statistics
Finding Helpful Scriptures
Counseling Resources
Feeling Discouraged?
Feeling Suicidal?
Spiritual Questions
Books that Offer Encouragement During Difficult or Depressing Times
God's Promises for Daily Life
Not Happy About Your "Looks"
Christian Ways to Reduce Stress
Interesting Statistics
Depression is 15-20% higher for the chronically ill than for the average person
Rifkin, A. "Depression in Physically Ill Patients," Postgraduate Medicine (9-92) 147-154.

However, the significance of one's faith has shown to lower one's risk of depressive symptoms and aid one in better handling a stressful medical event.
Pressman P., Lyons J.S., Larson D.B., Strain, J.J. "Religious belief, depression, and ambulation status in elderly women with broken hips." American Journal of Psychiatry 1990; 147(6): 758-760.

Those who use their religious faith to cope are significantly less depressed, even when taking into account the severity of their physical illness. In fact, the clinical effects of religious coping showed the strongest benefit among those with severe physical disability. Some 87 patients hospitalized with serious illness who also then suffered depression were followed over time in another study. The patients with a deep, internalized faith recovered faster from the depression, even when their physical condition wasn't improving.

Kendler, K.S., Gardner, C. O., and Prescott, C.A. "Religion, Psychopathology, and Substance Use and Abuse: A Multimeasure, Genetic-Epidemiologic Study," American Journal of Psychiatry 1997; 154: 322-329. Koenig, Harold G., Larson, David B., and Weaver, Andrew J. "Research on Religion and Serious Mental Illness," in Spirituality and Religion in Recovery from Mental Illness, ed., Roger Fallott. New Directions for Mental Health Services 1998; (80).

Finding Helpful Scriptures Counseling

Help for the Hurting Christian
Verse-by-Verse Studies on Specific Help Topics

Looking for Answers
Small articles and Biblical references from Billy Graham.

Hope For Those Who Grieve

God's Yellow Pages
Scriptures by topic.

Christians in Pain
Because Christians hurt too.

Professional Counselors Available at Barnabus
A Christian counseling network that can offer you professional assistance through group, individual or journal forums for a very reasonable cost.

You may be able to find a Christian counselor through one of these organizations:
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS)

1 Stop Source for the Christian Counseling Center Referral Network Helping you find a local Christian mental health professional or treatment/counseling center.

Dealing with Depression Feeling Discouraged?

Woes to Wows Ministry
Ministry offering hope for those experiencing depression.

Christian Depression Pages
Don't miss this site packed with helpful information.

Manna Cabanna

Food and Shade for the soul - not illness related, but comforting.

Should I be concerned about this cloud of hopelessness that seems to hang over me?

Lonely But Never Alone

How Can I Live With My Loss?

Feeling Suicidal? Spiritual Questions
If you think it is an extreme emergency call 911, if you have the person's phone number or address.

Encourage a suicidal person to call [available 24 hours a day]

New Hope Telephone Counseling Center at (714) 639-4673. This Christian suicide hotline is a part of Dr. Robert Schuller's church, Crystal Cathedral, in Garden Grove, CA. FREE

Focus on the Family is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. central time and they are an excellent reference to help one find a Christian counselor in his or her area. They also have counselors available during business hours. 719-531-3400, ext. 2700

When Hope Is Lost: Dealing With Depression It’s estimated that millions of people battle with depression—a problem that is as complicated as it is common

A Time to Live
Does a sense of hopelessness overwhelm every fiber of your being? Deep down you do not want to die but you are saying to yourself, “I cannot continue to live like this.” An author shares her story and has an encouraging web page too.


Books that Offer Encouragement During Difficult or Depressing Times

God's Promises for Daily Life
  • "It's impossible." All things are possible (Luke 18:27).
  • "I'm too tired." "I will give you rest
    (Matthew 11:28-30).
  • "Nobody really loves me." I love you
    (John 3:16 & John 13:34).
  • "I can't go on." My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15).
  • "I can't figure things out." I will direct your steps
    (Proverbs 3:5-6).
  • "I can't do it." You can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
  • "I'm not able." I am able (II Corinthians 9:8).
  • "It's not worth it." It will be worth it (Romans 8:28).
  • "I can't forgive myself." I forgive you
    (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1).
  • "I can't manage." I will supply all your needs
    (Philippians 4:19).
  • "I'm afraid." I have not given you a spirit of fear
    (II Timothy 1:7).
  • "I'm always worried and frustrated" Cast all your cares on Me
    (I Peter 5:7).
  • "I don't have enough faith." I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3).
  • "I'm not smart enough." I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30).
  • "I feel all alone." I will never leave you or forsake you
    (Hebrews 13:5).
Not Happy About Your "Looks"

Chronic illness can have a significant impact on how one feels about his or her self.

Did you know...
  • There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do.
  • The average woman weighs 144 lbs and wears between a 12-14.
  • A psychological study in 1995 found that three minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and shameful.
  • Models twenty years ago weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today they weigh 23% less.

The beauty of a woman... is not in:

The clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart--The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman with passing years -- only grows.

-author unknown

Christian Ways to Reduce Stress

An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about
what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain.
Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or
that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often
too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects
over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern,
find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you
can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house
key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can
prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your
quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small
problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is
often a good "Thank you Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all. 30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best
they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most). 32. Sit on your ego. 33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for
that you've never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)



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