Last Sunday, I had asked on the Facebook Page of Chronically Hopeful if being chronically ill affects people getting out to Church. It was an astonishing and heartbreaking yes. I could tell so many have the desire to go yet their body just won’t cooperate. While nothing truly replaces Chruch, when people find themselves homebound due to illness there are resources and options to get feed Spiritually.
Restministries: http://restministries.com/ I discovered Rest Ministries while in my first semester of college. Lisa is the founder of Rest Ministries and Invisible Illness Awareness Week. “Rest Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit Christian organization that exists to serve people who live with chronic illness or pain, and their families, by providing spiritual, emotional, relational, and practical support through a variety of programs and resources.” There are daily devotionals that are God based as well as Biblical and include various aspects of chronic illness. The Pinterest Page has a wealth of resources as well from life with chronic illness to prayer to homeschooling and much more.
Scott Free Clinic: Is a new resource to me. They provide free Comprehensive Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Fitness Consulting, Pastor Care, a blog, and more. “Now people, pastors, and churches have unencumbered access to the competent and professional help they need to accomplish real and significant life change, find the support they need to be successful in their ministries and improve their churches.”
Proverbs 31:http://proverbs31.org/ Proverbs 31 Ministeries is not a chronic illness ministry, however, it is a women’s ministry which I consider a must-have resource for all women. Their online Bible Studies are invaluable rich with God’s word challenging and equipping women of all walks of life.
Good Morning Girls: http://womenlivingwell.org/category/good-morning-girls/ and Love God Greatly http://lovegodgreatly.com/ are two other women’s ministries that offer online Bible study for women (Sorry guys! I haven’t located any coed or men’s only studies yet).
God Living Girls: https://god-livingwithchronicillness.com/ God Living Girls has changed my life basically, offering me the extra Spiritual guide and nourishment that I needed. Laurie is the sweet founder who has dedicated much time to this wonderful resource. Her blog has a wealth of resources in addition to blog posts she has worship music and free printables. She also has a page you can like on Facebook. There is a private group. In our group, we have private online Chruch, which is a wonderful resource. It is a blessing beyond words to connect with sisters in Christ to pray with one another and to worship together.
There are online Churches out there. When doing a Google or Facebook search there are a lot of results, but I want to caution you to really do your research before jumping into one. You want to look at the statement of faith and what they believe making sure it aligns with the Bible and your current Chruch is you have one. Go Online Chruch Shopping checking out two or three before using one regularly. If you can get a recommendation that is even better!
There is an unlimited amount of sermons on the internet. It can be overwhelming to find one, especially on a day you don’t feel you best. I am going to share a handful of Pastors I enjoy listening to. (In addition to their web page you can find sermons on Youtube).
John Pipper: http://www.desiringgod.org/ John Pipper was a pastor for over thirty years. He is the author of fifty books (many of which you can read for free!). He is also the founder of Desiring God. Currently, he travels to speak and ministers at several different places. He has a lot of knowledge of the Bible. He focuses on God’s glory in everything.
Rick Warren: http://rickwarren.org/ Most people have heard of Rick Warren. I enjoy his sermons on his web page because they are short and ideal for busy schedules.
Reggie Dabbs: http://reggiedabbsonline.com/ Reggie is one of my favorite preachers. He makes the Bible come alive, uses humor, has everyone talk to their neighbor, and is Holy Spirit filled. When I feel down or need to be recharged I go to his sermons.
Lysa Terkeurst: http://lysaterkeurst.com/ Lysa is the president of Proverbs 31. She has some excellent sermons!
Wendy Blight: http://wendyblight.com/: Another amazing speaker and teacher.
She also has great Bible Studies as well as great free resources.