Blog Posts

  • Sometimes You Need a Pity Party - I don’t think you’d be human if you were sunshine and roses every day, especially in the face of chronic struggles and hardships. However, some will tell you you’re not a good Christian if you share that you are depressed or upset or frustrated.  It’s not like the Lord doesn’t know you feel this way.…
  • Redeeming Your Pain - I’ve always boasted about having a high pain tolerance. I pierced my own ear cartilage in college with a stick pin, sans ice. Smart? Absolutely not. Tough? I thought so. After all, I have quite the laundry list of experiences to equip me to have a high tolerance for pain. Having been born with Spina…
  • The Common Cold of the Emotional Life - What did Charles Spurgeon, Abraham Lincoln, the prophet Elijah, Winston Churchill, and King David all have in common? They all suffered at various times from the dark cold of depression. Someone has called depression the “common cold of emotional illnesses,” a problem that affects approximately 18.8 million Americans ─ nearly 10 percent of the population ─…
  • How Long O’ Lord? - O Lord, how long will You forget me? Forever? How long will You look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will the enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to…
  • Joy is a Matter of the Heart - I always thought there were certain guidelines or rules that if followed, meant life would pan out. I didn’t grow up going to church or knowing that Jesus was my Savior. But when I did accept Him as Christ and began attending church, there was an underlying expectation that He would hand over the keys…
  • A Story of Hope - The phone rang. It was 3am. “Hello?” “Mom,” my son Sam said so quietly I almost couldn’t hear him, “can you come get me?” Eight months earlier, Sam had walked across the stage in cap and gown, head held high, a smile playing at the edges of his lips and accepted his high school diploma.…
  • Grace for Caregivers - Ken Tada knows what it means to be a caregiver. For the last 34 years he has been taking care of his quadriplegic wife, Joni Eaerckson Tada, who has not only been bound to a wheelchair for the last 49 years, but who has suffered from terrible chronic pain in the only part of her…
  • A Grateful Heart - I really enjoy watching TED talks. I find that they’re a great way to gain a new perspective in just 10 minutes. I recently watched a TED talk by Benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast, on the topic of Gratefulness. While his Austrian accent was, at first, a little distracting, the core of his message is powerful. “It is not…
  • When We Feel Stuck - Sometimes I feel like I am standing in a river. I can feel the water splashing around my feet and the cold stones I’m standing on. I want to join everyone else on the shore, but my feet won’t move. I am stuck, and powerless to do anything about it. I think sometimes that is…
  • Who Takes Care of You? - “Who takes care of you?” my husband asked. My first thought was, “I’m fine, I don’t need anything.” But I know that thought isn’t true. A caregiver’s strength does not come from self—it comes from the Lord. The grace and strength to carry on year after year is a blessing the Lord gives to the…
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