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  • Image of cacti with Colossians 3:12 The Hidden Labor of Disability - Do your best to offer to help do some of that work if you can. The hidden labor is real and exhausting, despite being hidden. ... Understand if they cancel plans at the last minute. Empty their dishwasher or fold their laundry while they’re on the phone.
  • 3 Things Not to Say to a Depressed Person - I can’t remember a time when chronic depression wasn’t a nemesis for me. As a child I often felt an overwhelming sadness and wept without understanding why. Now I’m a 67-year-old Christian college professor who still wanders occasionally into the dark fog of hopelessness. As an adult, a number of acquaintances have said things to…
  • Dependence - I don’t like living with scarcity. I don’t like having just enough to meet my needs. I don’t like being dependent. It makes me feel vulnerable. In my economy, I want a full oil flask and overflowing flour jar. #ChronicJoy #DiscoveringHope
  • Lavender in bloom with Jeremiah 29:11 God of the Broken Beautiful: A Prayer from Jeremiah 29 - O God of the Broken Beautiful, You take the most common, ordinary things and transform them into nourishment for body and soul. Thank you for feeding us well. We began with gratitude, Lord, but we need to also make space for lament today. Our hearts are broken, We are people who always hold some kind of pain... #ChronicJoy #DiscoveringHope #prayer
  • Falling leaves with the words of Mark 9:24 In the Marrow of Depression and Anxiety - By the time you read this, I’ll be feeling much better. Therapy will have commenced, medications will have been adjusted, and clinging to the One who clings to the brokenhearted will have kept me affixed to a drip line of peace. I can say this with some confidence, for it’s not my first time off…
  • Blue birds in flight with the words of Isaiah 40:31 The Wonderful Land of Affliction - I well remember the day I packed my bags to move to the Land of Affliction. I had lived in the Land of Ease for 35 years and, to tell you the truth, I took most things for granted. I never really appreciated the fact that I could just pick up and leave the house…
  • No Eye Has Seen 1 Cor. 2:9 Our Invisible Challenges: How God Loves with the Hard - She stood on the threshold wearing a red dress, her chopped hair topped with a big chiffon bow customary for little Russian girls. Holding the hand of the orphanage director, she looked across the room where I sat on a red couch in front of a wall of windows covered with sheer white drapes. The…
  • Tears - Luke 22:42 Tears - Tears fall steadily after the trauma If you came to grips with it, at least Those around you whisper things like “drama” Each of us faces a diff’rent beast You didn’t expect it to hurt so bad Or you did and you wanted proved wrong Lost are the logical thoughts you once had Something so…
  • Field Notes of Pain - Art of Life Field Notes of Pain – The Art of Life - This is part one in a two-part series entitled: Field Notes of Pain “Darling, you feel heavy because you are too full of truth.  Open your mouth more.  Let the truth exist somewhere other than inside your body.” Della Hicks-Wilson ….. I feel “ick” today. Heavy. Maybe a bit sad or tired, I am not…
  • Please Don't Say It Please Don’t Say It - We are told that we will all face trials. Jesus told us to expect them. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Trials come in all different forms and fashions: health…
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