Welcome to God-Living with Chronic Illness! This site is the result of a deep desire in my heart to help and encourage others with chronic illness. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when my kids were two and four. At that time, there were not a lot of resources for anyone with chronic illness. I searched for websites, books, ANYTHING to tell me how to be a Godly wife and parent with chronic pain. After several years, I finally began to find information about “good” living with fibromyalgia (in terms of physical wellness) but nothing for “God” living—nothing to tell me how to manage a life that included chronic illness with God’s wisdom, grace, and strength. So I decided to start a blog to help others with chronic illness find the things I was desperately seeking. God-Living with Chronic Illness was born.

At the time I was diagnosed, I didn’t know anyone my age with a chronic illness, and I felt completely isolated. After several stress-filled years of trying to cope with chronic pain (while working part-time and taking care of a family), I asked a few online friends I knew that had chronic illness to join me in an online book study, thinking that maybe two or three ladies would join me. I hoped for ten, but before I knew it, we had forty-eight ladies participating. God-Living Girls was born, and today this group has more than 500 ladies in it.

I am a nurse and health coach with a passion for helping those with chronic illness. I provide one-on-one chronic care coaching services and would love to talk to you more about how I can help you manage life with chronic illness and/or pain. For more information about how I can help, contact me at Godlivinggirl1@gmail.com.

I am so honored that you have come here, and I hope you will feel welcome to contact me for encouragement, resources, or coaching services. I may not have all the answers, but I know a God who does. I hope I can be an encouragement to you on your journey, but I hope even more that you will find the God who truly can sustain you and give you strength for each day. Living well with chronic illness is a daily process of relying on Him for the grace and strength to keep going. I have found that we find the most peace as we let God meet our needs each day, one day at a time. May His peace and presence be your constant companion and guide.

Gentle Hugs,



9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Laurie,

    I wanted to recommend the book Soaring Above the Circumstances by Dean Kilmer. This book shares the secret to soaring above one’s circumstances in life. Written for those who battle chronic illness on a daily basis, Dean explains how being a blessing to others in spite of our suffering can help us not just endure painful circumstances, but soar above them with the help of Christ’s power and grace.

  2. Hi Laurie, I found you on the Chronic illness Blogger’s Network and I am glad I did. We share a love of the Lord as well as dealing with chronic pain / illness. Your playlist looks like it could have come off my music drive! There are only a couple of songs I am not sure I know; however, I am going to take a listen. I hope you might get a chance to stop by my blog sometime. May you be filled with God’s richest blessings now and always.

  3. Merrie Levitt

    I have been struggling with pain and disability from an autoimmune disease, small fiber neuropathy . I am no longer able to work as a nurse or travel to see my children or mother . It’s difficult for me to see the reason god would put me in this predicament, where I no longer can give to others and now I have to depend on other people.

    • I so understand! I have had to cut down on my activities and travel too. It really is hard living with chronic pain. I sincerely hope that some of the info and posts on this blog are a help and an encouragement to you.


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