It certainly shouldn't take gifts to keep others in our lives. But how does it play out during chronic illness? Normally those who are generous with "gifts" find themselves in an interesting twist during illness. Are you someone who usually comes with a gift in hand and are now faced with the expenses of illness? … Continue reading Does It Take Gifts To Keep Friends and Family?
A cheerful heart is good medicine. Sounds good. Sounds righteous. Sounds like something someone would say when they have not deeply suffered from chronic illness. God actually said it and Jesus did suffer, more than we can wrap our human brains around. So let's get a spoonful of medicine and practice that cheerful heart. HINT: … Continue reading A Cheerful Heart Is Good Medicine
God tells us to be patient in affliction. I certainly would declare chronic illness an affliction. Patience is not my strong point. Most struggle with it. During the years of illness, we get to practice our patience. I know, not fun. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.~ Romans 12:12 (NIV) The years of … Continue reading Patient In Affliction
Most of us have lost someone dear to us. Heartache, shock, tears, and pain are part of dealing with the loss. The heaviness can last for a while. The longer heaviness lasts the more we struggle. There are no perfect words to express the loss. All words seem empty in the midst of this kind … Continue reading Loss & Grief Getting Stuck In Us
Are we going to listen to our modern culture of stuffing loss and heartache or are we going to listen to God? Will we become imprisoned in our grief or will we learn to fly? How does God want us to experience loss? What does loss sound like to Him? What is the role of … Continue reading Grieve, Mourn and Wail
Ohhh my stars is this beyond beautiful. God made you to do the hard thing to do the good story in your life. Good and hard can co-exist. Hard can be part of the good story. This is all about redefining suffering. This is a WOW!! How do we live for Christ, because of Christ, … Continue reading Good and Hard Mutually Exist