Blog

  • His Strength Is Greater Than My Pain - We have a very special post to share with you today from Sarah Walton, a mom with Lyme Disease raising four young children with Lyme Disease, and her friend, Kristen Wetherall, who also has Lyme and is mom to a brand new baby girl. Sarah writes: "Though there are times when pain can seem almost unbearable, we have a hope that much of the suffering world does not know. While you naturally desire the healing of your body or your mind, Jesus desires the healing of your soul above all."
  • A Sure Sign of Life - Gayle awoke yesterday his good hand reaching for his temple, pressing fingertips lightly against the skin above the eyebrow in a vain attempt to corral the dreaded electric shocks of trigeminal neuralgia, an afterthought of the multiple sclerosis he’s had for forty years. As kids on the farm we knew the difference between the electric…
  • Grace, Truth & Time - Lead small groups with confidence. Foster hope. Grow in prayer and compassion. Create a space for spiritual growth and healing. Empathize, listen and engage as you build thriving small groups through God's unending grace.
  • What You Didn’t See in My Vacation Photos - To be clear, there are many things you didn’t see in my vacation photos. Every captured moment of bliss between my children was equaled by a tantrum, an accusation, a cry of, “It’s not fair!” The picture of my husband, which I aptly titled, “Hubba-Hubba,” doesn’t show me snapping at him five minutes later for being…
  • Spoons and the Savior - The last time I saw my older brother, I was being wheeled away in a wheelchair. I’d been visiting him and his wife while in the city for a medical appointment, and I was heading home. Excited to see my boys, I woke up early to discover searing pain in my body, especially my back.…
  • Grappling with the “Shame” of Having a Rare Invisible Illness - In 2016, I realized how much shame I was carrying because I was still unwell, over 20 months after a ladder fall left me with a debilitating spinal fluid (CSF) leak. Reading Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, caused me to realize how destructive shame can be…
  • Brave is Hoping Again - All week, I’ve been thinking about bravery. What makes us brave? Do we do brave things every day, or is bravery reserved for the big, scary things? Certainly, bravery and courage are needed for the step-out-in-faith, outcome-not-certain, actions. Perhaps that’s changing jobs, starting your own business, or deciding to leave your job to be a…
  • Fruitful in Affliction - Recently my 17-year-old daughter, Anna, sat down at the piano before a room full of onlookers. She sat there so gracefully, so beautiful that no one would have ever guessed the huge medical challenges she was facing in her life – the chronic pain that had kept her from the piano over the last month.…
  • The ‘Shame’ of Chronic Illness and Pain - “Shame derives its power from being unspeakable…. If we cultivate enough awareness about shame to name it and speak to it, we’ve basically cut it off at the knees. Shame hates having words wrapped around it. If we speak shame, it begins to wither.” Brené Brown Over the summer, I read Brené Brown’s fabulous book…
  • Two Questions, Two Answers - The following is a poem I wrote a few years ago in the midst of a severe chronic illness. I still suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. One of the difficult aspects of living with a chronic illness is waking up every day and feeling the disappointment of yet another day of dreams lost…
%d bloggers like this: