Just this morning I was reminiscing my recent conversations with women who have visited me this past week. Our rich conversations discussing our faith, our struggles, and our victories have overwhelmed me with joy. I cannot believe that five different women spent hours with me this week in my home and blessing me with their … Continue reading Is it necessary to fear God?
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) A few years ago, I was deeply disappointed by a response from a Christian friend about another Christian family we both know. This particular family has experienced unbelievable stress with their children, finances, housing, jobs, and illness. As … Continue reading Are you ready to get messy?
My husband has had the same cellphone for years. At first glance, you might not realize it, but the thing is old! The most problematic issue is that the battery no longer holds a full charge. Replacing the old battery helped temporarily, but again he is dealing with an unpredictable cellphone battery. Just the other … Continue reading 60,000 Thoughts a Day
Once there was a hungry pig. While traveling along one day, he stumbled upon an apple that had recently fallen to the ground. At it's peak of ripeness, the fragrant fruit was a comfort to the famished pig. Opening his mouth to take the first bite, he felt unworthy of such a delicious gift. He … Continue reading The Pig and the Apple
Psalm 16:11 "...in your presence is fullness of joy." The other night, I crashed! Feeling dizzy, nauseous and unable to swallow, I ended up on the bathroom floor. Oh, how I hate the bathroom floor! Patiently, I waited for my body to recover so that I could crawl to my bed. Then something amusing happened. … Continue reading Is joy a choice?
"Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle." Psalm 144:1 On January 17th I woke up as though it was any other day. I rarely experience a normal, predictable day because I am at the mercy of a broken body. Upon waking, I assessed myself … Continue reading Are you training for war?
If you attended church youth group in the 1980's then you probably know of a lock-in. In case you didn't, a lock-in is similar to a big slumber party but for youth groups. Multiple youth groups would gather at one location and would be "locked-in" together for a night of games, food, and an attempt … Continue reading Are you willing to be a visible, embarrassed, and physically uncomfortable Christian?
I had an older sister. Her name was Michelle, but my parents called her Chellie. I say had because Chellie passed away when she was three-years old. Watching your child give way to illness is a type of suffering I think we all fear and cannot imagine. My parents had to navigate this unforeseen tragedy … Continue reading In your saddest moments, who was there?
Respiratory crisis sounds serious. I've been warned that it is life threatening. Since I've had myasthenia gravis, there is a list of medications I cannot take because of their potential to cause a respiratory crisis. Several of these drugs are used for anesthesia. You can imagine my distress when I recently asked the advice of … Continue reading Who do you trust with your life?
Recently, I came across a quote by David Busby. I had written it in one of my old journals. "Am I healed of the need to be healed?" I don't remember where I found it originally, however I remember the feeling it evoked when I read it. The thought had never crossed my mind. Intrigued … Continue reading Why I Don’t Need to be Healed