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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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Women in the Valley

Women in the Valley: Ashley’s Story

Thank you, Ashley, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! Hi, I’m Ashley! I am married to my high school sweetheart, John, and we currently live in South Carolina. John and I have been together for 6 years and married for 2. We both have chronic illnesses, and we are both undergrads. […]

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Wednesday Writings

Living With a Thorn in the Flesh

by Jasmine Originally published on the author’s blog “If you take this away, God, imagine how much more I could do for you this week.” I catch myself praying this prayer at least every second day. Oh, sometimes it’s not in so many words. It could be as simple as: “God, if you give me […]

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A Study in Lamentations 3 Wednesday Writings

Broken, Grieving, Hopeful, Praying: Lamentations 3 for the Chronically Ill, Part 2

Last week we introduced Lamentations 3 and read Jeremiah’s personal lament in verses 1-18. Today we’ll see a significant shift in tone as we look at the next section of the chapter. Part 2: Verses 19-30 From 1:1 to 3:18, Jeremiah has described “hopelessness,” but verses 19-39 focus on the hope that we have in […]

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Wednesday Writings

Women in the Valley: Carol’s Story

Thank you, Carol, for sharing your story with us! Tell us about yourself! Hi. I’m Carol and I’m married to a wonderfully patient man named Jim. As of May, 2022, we will have been married for 50 years and in July I turn 70! Time flies, but God has been gracious. Upon retirement we moved […]

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Wednesday Writings

Lessons from Narnia: A Boy, a Lion, and Chronic Illness

I’m reading through C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, and several sections of The Horse and His Boy, the second book, deeply encouraged me. I’d love to share that encouragement with you. Note: these writings are not Scripture. Being a Christian himself, however, Lewis wove many Scriptural themes into the fiction of his books. […]

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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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Wednesday Writings

Heaven’s Treasure in Earthly Vessels, Part 1

A couple of months ago, the pastor of my church preached a sermon from II Corinthians 4:7-18 that really encouraged me in my chronic illness struggles. With his permission, I’m sharing his outline and both our notes in hopes the message will encourage you too. The message was titled “Humbly Ministering for His Glory.” I. […]

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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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Women in the Valley

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

Thank you, Oksana, for sharing your story with us! (Oksana shared her beautiful story in a phone interview, and we didn’t want to leave anything out. We’ve broken this interview into three parts so you can be encouraged by ALL of Oksana’s story without being overwhelmed by long blog posts.) Tell us about yourself! My […]