Tag: chronic illness

Worry and Concern – An Allegory

When I joined the Feedback Team for Finding Purpose, Book 2 in Chronic Joy’s THRIVE Study Series, I was so intrigued by the activities included with the study questions. One of the options was an invitation to write an allegory based on the differences between worry and concern. Writing this story became a way to explore…

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A Sacred Journey Through Suffering: Clinging to God Through Chronic Illness

Five years have passed since the words, “No cure,” were spoken to me. Five years since I moved from independent to dependent, stripped of self-reliance and the illusion of control, the first of the hardest days of my life with a complicated chronic illness. My days became about survival and overcoming anxiety. Any resemblance of…

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He Gets It

There’s been a dramatic shift in my understanding of the cross and of the day we call Good Friday. My parents are Christians and so the crucifixion and resurrection were familiar to me from early on. I remember as a small child growing so frustrated that Jesus didn’t just call down His angels from heaven…

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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."

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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