This is an incredibly heartfelt series as Jill intimately shares her own journey through the illness of her child. For any who have been there, you’ll easily relate to the emotions. And for any who are in the thick of it, may you find hope and strength to move forward with the Spirit to guide you day by day. Click here to find the whole study.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)
“I have never been so scared, so emotional, or so lonely as in the moments when I have been alone in the hospital with our sick daughter, cradling her in my arms as we listen to monitors beeping, just waiting for the next visit from the nurses to check her vitals.”
“Riding with her on the hospital bed as we head to another test… Checking her chart on my phone to see if there have been any improvements in her labs… Desperately trying to keep it together as I watch her get poked over and over… Finding myself sobbing uncontrollably in the shower I had to share with other families on the floor… My grief was real. But so was my Comforter. In those moments, I would pray constantly—for healing, for answers, for comfort, for miracles, for peace.”
“It’s natural to have feelings of resentment, guilt, anguish, and frustration when you are going through difficult times in your life. Most of the time, the purpose for the suffering isn’t clear right away, and perhaps, like Job, it never really becomes clear. We may not even understand the reasons for our suffering until we are in heaven. But one thing we can know for sure is that in the moments when we feel we are at our lowest, God is still there—still listening, still loving, still taking all our cares upon Himself. It is in these moments that we need to surrender it all to Him, to seek that peace that passes all understanding.”
“You may feel alone in how to handle your grief, thinking that no one understands what you are going through. But hold fast to the promises from God. When the situation is completely out of our control, when we are desperately trying to hang on, when everything feels like it’s falling apart—God can still provide us with peace.”