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
Fear often grips us. We get stuck, in all kinds of ways. I LOVE being a Christian because Jesus took care of all the reasons I have fear. It is done!!! I am still human, it still sneaks in, and I still resort to Christ every time. Easter is a perfect reminder of what God … Continue reading Jesus Took Care of Our Reasons for Fear
What do you think, does God say we can skip paying taxes? Do we allow stressful things in our lives that keep us ill? Simple answers... We don't even have to look very far for the answer, God tells us to honor our authorities (government = law of the land). This is also why you … Continue reading Does God Say We Can Skip Paying Taxes?
What else is there when we are chronically ill and feel hopeless, we trust God from the bottom of our hearts. I love how He loves us when we trust Him. We simply cannot figure out EVERYTHING on our own. I have a history with God with story after story of how He came through, … Continue reading Trust God From The Bottom of Your Heart
Have you been left for dead? Has chronic illness knocked you down farther than you ever thought possible? Trusting God to carry us while we get out of the dark will give us the power to GET UP! It does not FEEL like we can get up and out of the depths of chronic illness. … Continue reading Get UP!
Chronic illness is a lot of things, but joy is not one that comes to mind. There has been so much loss on so many levels. I can make a joke about it once in a while but JOY, you have got to be kidding me. Sorry, Lord, but YOU are going to have to … Continue reading Joy In Chronic Illness
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