faith, illness

I’ll Still Praise the Lord

I’m learning to be thankful no matter what happens.  Sometimes, it takes a little while for my emotions to catch up, but I’m working to make this my habit, my instinct instead of an afterthought.


Give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18


To this end, I’ve come up with an activity –a thought process– that I work in my mind.

I list any challenging or frustrating things that have happened followed by “I’ll still praise the Lord.”

And I mean it.

No matter what happens, I should always be ready to praise the Lord.

This is my most recent list, although it represents things that have happened over the last 10 years.


Though I can only eat 4 things and have the same dish every meal every day for 18 months…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though doctors misdiagnose me and mis-medicate me for a decade…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I have test after test but no answers…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though other Christians accuse me a lack of faith or being in sin because I’m still sick…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I have repeated cancer scares…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I have heart-attack-like symptoms that later show no evidence of heart problems…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I can’t walk because of chronic anemia…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I can’t drive a car because of dizziness…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though doctor’s clinics refuse to treat me because I’m “too sick”…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though friends accuse me of not being a godly woman because I can’t keep my house clean…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though my church refuses to pray for me because I’m too young to be as sick as I’ve described…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though people threaten to take my children away because I’m sick…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I have to ride the electric scooter through the grocery store because I’m too weak to walk…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I can’t even put my own socks and shoes on due to pain and inflammation…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I can’t take care of myself let alone my children…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though washing and brushing my own hair and stirring a pan on a stove hurts…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I go for days without sleeping because I’m on the wrong medication…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I’m on the verge of thyroid coma because my doctor won’t listen to me and give me the correct medication…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I have surgery and find out afterwards that I wouldn’t have need it if I was on the right medication…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though walking a tenth of a mile puts me in bed for three days…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I exercise three days a week for a year and continue to gain weight…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I eat salads and lean meat for every meal for over a year and still gain weight…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I fight hormone-imbalance induced depression…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though debilitating anxiety cripples my ability to function…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though my adrenal levels tank making every task feel like I’m wearing a backpack full of bricks…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though my thyroid levels behave unpredictability and drag me along for the ride…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though my insurance is canceled and I have to pay for all treatments and medication out of pocket…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though insurance refuses to cover the care and medications I need…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I can’t attend church because of the severity of unexplained bleeding…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I feel abandoned by the people who should be helping and caring for me…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I really need in-home care but can’t afford it…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I cry out to God and hear no answer…

I’ll still praise the Lord.

Though I wonder if God forgot about me…

I’ll still praise the Lord.


No matter what happens to me, He is still God, He is still good, and He is still worthy of all my praise.

(Many but not all of the above issues have been resolved.)


Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength.

Habakkuk 3:17-19a


Whatever happens in your life,  God is still worthy of your praise, too.

Maybe you would benefit from making and “Even though __________ I will still praise the Lord” list of your own.

We can all use a little practice being content and thankful where ever God puts us.

Blessings,

Sarah Forbes

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