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Battling Chronic Pain and Insomnia

“Pain is disorienting. It changes you in ways that you never saw coming. Chronic pain, the kind that you think about all the time, becomes a part of who you are… There’s not always a smile behind the smile, but there’s a reason for my smile.”

Dealing with a chronic condition such as pain or illness is a battle faced by many peoplea battle often fought alone. Struggling with daily pain can be disorienting; it can be debilitating, but it can also drive you to Jesus.

At the height of his career in the health and fitness industry, Jimmy Peña encountered sudden health challenges which he never would have predicted for his life. As he unexpectedly lost his abilities, he also suffered the loss of identity. However, through his struggles he found wholeness in Christ.

But now, as a result of his previous health challenges, Jimmy faces a new battle with chronic pain and insomnia. On the podcast he shares how he manages his pain, where he finds hope in the midst of suffering, and he offers encouragement for anyone facing a similar struggle.

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Read Jimmy’s devotional about suffering from chronic pain and the mountains we face that are immovable. If this once able weightlifter has learned anything over the years, it’s that chronic suffering is a forgotten canvas; an ignored territory. The fit and fiddle may mock it. The strong easily vilify it. But for the blind, the lame, the beggars, the sick, the suffering, and the souls with their soles upon the coals, it’s home.

Read Jimmy’s Devotional

Resources for Coping with Chronic Pain and Illness

Pain and chronic illness can erode your joy like acid, and can lead you to question God and his power. Join Joni in taking a close look at what the Bible says about pain and the sovereign providence of God. 

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