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Chronic Illness: A Place of Fruit and Ashes, Part II

Fruit in the Ashes Most of us know the story of Joseph, Jacob’s first son by his beloved wife, Rachel (the one who died near Ephrathah): given dreams of a great future, envied by his brothers, sold into slavery in Egypt, falsely accused of crime, forgotten in prison, and finally not just restored but elevated […]

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Wednesday Writings

Chronic Illness: A Place of Fruit and Ashes, Part I

How much do you know about the place called Ephrathah in the Bible? The ancient name for Bethlehem and the region around it, Ephrath or Ephrathah first appears in Genesis 35:16-20 as the place where Jacob’s beloved wife, Rachel, died. The only Ephrathites mentioned by name in Scripture are Elimelech, his wife, and their two […]

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Songs on Saturday

Songs on Saturday: He Giveth More Grace

Scripture tells us that, under the control of the Holy Spirit, we should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). May you be encouraged by the spiritual truth in this song! He Giveth More Grace words by Annie J. Flint […]

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Bible Characters Wednesday Writings

Meant for Good: Chronic Illness and the Life of Joseph, Part II

Click here to read last week’s post. Recap: 1. You are not the main character, God is. 2. God has a plan, it’s for good, and it will be accomplished in your life. 3. God wants to use your suffering Another theme that shows up often on this blog is God’s redemption of our pain […]

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Wednesday Writings

The Narrow Place of Chronic Illness

I love driving down Main Street. At night. When the streets are empty and the air is quiet and only a few people move on the sidewalk under the glowing lamps.  Put me on Main Street in the middle of the day, however, and you’ll find me gripping the steering wheel with both hands, gritting […]