Ten Things to Do While You’re Sick

You may not be as productive as other times, but you can still do some things that count!  Use the following suggestions if they help.  Some of them will depend on how sick you’re feeling.

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  1. Listen to Christian audiobooks or download to your smartphone.  (Try 3:16 by Max Lucado and Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.)
  2. Watch a DVD or online Bible series.  (Try Modern Parables by Compass or, online for free You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado).
  3. Write emails to friends or write an online letter to a child you sponsor through Compassion.
  4. Watch Christian apologetics, movies, or documentaries.  (Try Answers in Genesis’ apologetics resources, Bringing Up Bobby the movie, or free documentaries on the Bible.)
  5. Snack on foods and drinks that can help you get better, like Gatoraid (electrolytes), pineapple juice (for nausea), and soups, juices, and Jellos (hydration).
  6. Try Sea-Bands for nausea, sold at drugstores.
  7. Schedule a special date or get-together with your spouse, family, or friends for after you get to feeling better.
  8. Journal about your time being sick, anything God has been teaching you.
  9. Reflect on a single Scripture verse, or read a book of the Bible.
  10. Make a prayer list either mentally, on your phone, in your planner, or in a journal.  Pray for people who are hurting and in need as you don’t feel your best.

Remember, take it easy!  Don’t try to work from home when you’re really ill.  This could cause you to be sick for longer or to require a doctor’s care.  Check with your doctor with any concerns you have, and treat your body like you’re special (because you are to God!).  Even when you get to feeling better, be careful to rest as much as possible for a few days or weeks after, depending on how sick you’ve been.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

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10 Ways to be More Social

Some people just find it harder to be social than others.  I was one of them.  Here are some ideas to get started and remember, honor Christ in whatever you do!  If you’re a believer, He will always be opening relationship opportunities for you to draw others to Him or to encourage them on their journey with Him.

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  1. Join facebook.   Post on friend’s walls, and write them message catching up on their life.  Share a little of your life through your wall posts.
  2. Send cards to friends.  Send “just because” cards, and also cards for birthdays and other special events.  If a friend is going through a tough time, send a “thinking of you” card.  Cards are far less expensive in bulk.  (See dayspring.com)
  3. Organize get-togethers around the holidays for family and friends.  Why not celebrate even St. Patrick’s Day and Flag Day?  Have fun with less-recognized holidays by hosting a dessert or potluck dinner at your home, or meeting up at a park or nature center (but not recommended at Christmas unless you live in Hawaii!).
  4. Join a club in a specialty interest you have.  (Cooking, crafting, biking, gardening, journalism, dog-walking, etc!)
  5. Join a fitness center.
  6. Meet a next door neighbor.  Say hi, drop a welcoming card, or share fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies.
  7. Volunteer in your community.  Work at your local homeless shelter once a month, volunteer to mentor at your local pregnancy care center once a week, or visit a nursing home from time to time to host a game time or play an instrument.
  8. Sponsor a child.  Through financially-responsible organizations like Compassion International (compassion.com), you can be a hero to a child who needs health, educational, social, and most of all spiritual help.
  9. Invite one or two new friends over after church one Sunday a month.  The worst they can say is no!  Many people are lonely and would love to get together on Sunday afternoons.  Also, if your church offers a meal on Wednesday nights, sit at a different table from time to time to meet new friends. 
  10. Join a small group at church.  This is the best way to get close to friends who will pray for you and care for you—and who you can pray for and encourage, too!  Small groups can be Sunday schools, or can meet at a different time.  Small groups often meet in homes or coffee shops.

Happy socializing!

A friend loves at all times . . (Proverbs 17:17, NIV)

Published in: on March 21, 2014 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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