"7. Ask, “Would you be willing to talk to a friend of mine who has recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness and offer her some encouragement?” It makes one feel good to know that her experience can offer someone else hope and that God still has a purpose for her life."
"15. Don’t make her feel guilty about things that she cannot do."
"23. Ask her to do spontaneous things, like go to a concert in the park, or just for a picnic. She may be more likely to participate since she knows if it’s a good day or a bad day."
"24. Don’t say, 'So, why aren’t you healed yet?' or 'I wonder what God is trying to teach you that you just aren’t learning!'"
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
"Since there will never be a tear in heaven, nothing will be sad, disappointing, deficient, or wrong."
"31. Don’t tell her about your brother’s niece’s cousin’s best friend who tried a cure for the same illness and. . . (you know the rest)."
"35. Don’t tease her and call her 'hop along' or 'slowpoke.' Comments you mean in fun can cut to the quick and destroy her spirit. Proverbs 18:14 says, 'A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?'"
"42. Accept that her chronic illness may not go away. If she’s accepting it, don’t tell her the illness is winning and she’s giving in to it."
"44. Ask her to share her testimony at an event."
I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and bro't
To me the victory.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.