When Illness Threatens Your Identity


This post contains affiliate links. Full disclosure here.

Identity is a fragile thing, often wrongly defined by challenges and difficult circumstances – including illness. Learning the truth of who God says we are brings freedom, bravery and restored identity…


Different. Pathetic. Useless.

Just a few of the labels that have been flung at me throughout my life. Labels that stuck, that wrapped themselves around my heart without me even realizing.

Every single one of them a lie straight from the enemy.

My experience of childhood wasn’t the average one. At age 3, I got sick with a mysterious illness.

Before, I was stocky and sturdy, playing outside all day, running around with boundless energy. Then, the “virus” that never seemed to clear up hit me – and hit me hard.

I grew paler and thinner as I lay on a sofa in a darkened room, unable to bear movement, noise or light without searing pain.

A year of tests finally yielded a diagnosis: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Aside from the physical symptoms it manifested, my illness brought with it a whole new way in which others viewed me.

Before, I was just a normal kid. But as the years passed, it became clearer and clearer: I wasn’t normal anymore. I was different.

  

...you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. - Isaiah 43:4
  • Save

 

ADVERTISEMENT





 

Access the Free Printable Library

(and get the latest news, freebies and exclusives in your inbox)

 


4 thoughts on “When Illness Threatens Your Identity”

  1. Hi Lois! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. It’s amazing to know our precious Jesus, sees us as precious too. Isn’t it? I’m so grateful He is with us no matter what we face. Praying for you. Blessings!

    Reply
    • Connie, Thank you for your comment.
      Yes, it’s absolutely stunning and humbling that Jesus calls us precious, when He is the most precious One there is! Amen – praise God for His presence with us – always. May He bless you deeply 🙂

      Reply

Leave a Comment

Pin this for later:

When Illness Threatens Your Identity. | Christian blog post | Identity is a fragile thing, often wrongly defined by challenges and difficult circumstances - including illness. Learning the truth of who God says we are brings freedom, bravery and restored identity...

Do you find it difficult to trust God because you fear that He has forgotten you?
Or worse – that He doesn’t really care?

Read this: Why You Can Rest In God’s Love (No Matter What)

 
When Illness Threatens Your Identity
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
80 Shares
Share via
Copy link