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Embrace Wednesday Writings

Making Yourself at Home in Chronic Illness, Part 3

Two weeks ago we looked at the context for Jeremiah’s letter to the Jewish captives and God’s message to them (and us): stop panicking, pick up your hammer, and make yourself at home. In other words, don’t fight what is part of God’s plan for good. We also saw how part of making ourselves at […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Erica’s Story

Thank you, Erica, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! Thank you for the opportunity to encourage others through my story. I’m Erica Baldwin – a wife, mom of one active 10-year-old, and freelance writer/blogger who lives in North Carolina. We also have an international high school student living with us, which […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Leah’s Story

Thank you, Leah, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! My name is Leah Kaiser and I am a 42-year-old wife and mother to 3 teenagers. We currently reside in Tucson, AZ, but have lived in various places all over the country. I am a former Navy Nurse and currently homeschool all […]

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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Sara’s Story

Thank you, Sara, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! My name is Sara Willoughby, I’m the author of He’s Making Diamonds, about faith in God in chronic illness. I am also the founder and host of the Diamonds conference, a free online conference for Christians with chronic illnesses, and a Young […]

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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 II

The God Who Moves the Mountains Even though I was settled in my decision to move to Colorado, I wanted to visit again–to see the area as a prospective home and not just a nice place to visit–before I made things Official. So when Erin drove out at the end of February with as much […]

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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. […]