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Wednesday Writings

From the Valley of New Jersey to the Mountains of Colorado: A Journey of Faith, Hope, and Miracles, Part I

Happy New Year? “I look at 2022 and I see a black hole.” “There’s not much else that I want right now, and I hesitate to make plans or even to have big desires because 1) it takes energy to have and maintain big desires and 2) it’s really hard when they aren’t met, and […]

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Spiritual Depression Wednesday Writings

Spiritual Depression: Trials

While every chapter in Lloyd-Jones’s book Spiritual Depression is good–so far we’ve looked at the introduction, fear and faith, and feelings–this chapter on trials was one that struck me as immensely applicable to us in our valley of chronic illness. The key verse for his Chapter 16 is I Peter 1:6-7: In this you greatly […]

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Spiritual Depression Wednesday Writings

Spiritual Depression: Fear and Faith

Last week I introduced you to D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s book Spiritual Depression and brought out the main points from his first chapter, “General Consideration.” This week we’re going to look at some immensely relevant ideas from Chapter 7, on fear, and Chapter 10, on faith.  What Do You Fear? Coming after a chapter on regrets […]

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Special Occasion Wednesday Writings

The Seasons of Chronic Illness

Nothing better illustrates the nature of life than the seasons of nature: seasons for growth, seasons for harvest, seasons for work, and seasons for rest. To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 In May we announced a season of rest (at least from The Valley) for us as Emily got […]

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Wednesday Writings

Heaven’s Treasure in Earthly Vessels, Part 2

Last week I shared the first half(ish) of a sermon our pastor preached a couple of months ago, titled “Humbly Ministering for His Glory.” The text is II Corinthians 4:7-18 and offers so much encouragement to those of us in chronic illness. Here are the main points so far: God identifies you as precious vessels. […]

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Lessons From Job Wednesday Writings

3 More Lessons From Job

About a year ago I wrote a series of posts called Lessons From Job, sharing things God taught me from my devotional reading of the book of Job.  I’m following the same Bible reading schedule this year and recently came through Job again. This time God spoke some new truths to my soul that encouraged […]

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Songs on Saturday

Songs on Saturday: Day by Day

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). So once a month we’ll share a hymn or spiritual song whose words offer special encouragement for those of us […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Oksana’s Story, Part II

Thank you, Oksana, for sharing more of your story with us! (Click here to read Part 1.) What did God teach you in your valley of chronic illness? That time was very hard for me. I call it my wandering in the wilderness, because I truly loved God, and I truly wanted to serve Him, […]

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Bible Characters Wednesday Writings

Sarah: The Woman Who Laughed at God

I recently read Genesis 18 in my devotions: Then [the Lord and His messengers] said to [Abraham], “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.” And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was […]

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Wednesday Writings

Joy in Suffering: The Gift of Perspective

The word kept appearing throughout the week: in my morning devotions, in my notes from Sunday School, in that little sermon reminder I’d sketched for myself at least a year ago, still lying on my desk. PERSPECTIVE In Hebrews 10:34, the writer commends his brothers for suffering the loss of their goods with joy. I […]