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The Lord of the Rings and Chronic Illness, Part I

I just finished re-reading The Lord of the Rings again. Each time I read this masterpiece I gain a new layer of appreciation for the story, the writing, the characters, the themes, and the language. While all those things impacted and inspired me afresh this time around, I also found a new connection with Frodo […]

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A Study in Lamentations 3 Wednesday Writings

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

After looking at Jeremiah’s personal lament and his journey from hopeless to hopeful, both of which provide great encouragement for those of us in chronic illness, we come to a part of the chapter that continues the God-focused, hope-giving theme while introducing a more somber note of introspection. Part 3: Verses 31-42 KAPH 31 For […]

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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, Iโ€™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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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 Godโ€™s redemption of our pain […]

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Bible Characters Wednesday Writings

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

Have you ever listened to a sermon that fit in all the right places where you needed that exact encouragement, perspective, or conviction (or all three), as if God custom built the message to your current situation? Thatโ€™s how I felt when I listened to a Youtube sermon on the life of Joseph, preached by […]

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Wednesday Writings

God Isn’t Done With Us

Here’s a testimony from two years ago that I wrote and shared with a few others at the time. I pray God can encourage you with the same truths He used to encourage me in my time of need. โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ!โ€ Sunday night after church. I sat on the kitchen floor, my […]

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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 youโ€™ll find me gripping the steering wheel with both hands, gritting […]

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Chronic Illness and the Sufferings of Christ

In Fiction: A Type of Christ’s Sufferings I recently read one of my favorite series, a YA fantasy series by Megan Whalen Turner. In the second book, one of the main characters suffers a severe injury that leaves him permanently handicapped. He spends the rest of the book struggling through the physical and emotional aftermath […]

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Lessons From Job Wednesday Writings

Lessons From Job: It’s Not God’s Fault

โ€œIn all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.โ€  Job 1:22 When weโ€™re walking through a valley of suffering, itโ€™s easy to look at God with bitterness and maybe even anger. Weโ€™re tempted to let our pained cries of โ€œWhy, God?โ€ turn into angry fist-shaking or sullen back-turning.  Satan (2:5) and Jobโ€™s […]