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It’s the Damage Done, Not the Disease

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

It’s the Damage Done, Not the Disease

The rare neurological disease that destroyed a good portion of my husband’s spinal cord, leaving him with significant paralysis, seems to have abated . . . as far as we can tell. He hasn’t had another recurrence, thankfully it hasn’t moved to his brain or other vital organs, and the lesions on his spine have almost completely disappeared. So, my prayer now is that the damage it has left behind will begin to heal. It’s the damage causing the pain, not the disease. You all have been a faithful band of prayer warriors. Many of you have sent links to websites and recommended various forms of natural treatment and given your medical advice. We’ve been blown away by how many of you have given to us financially, as this has been an extremely difficult and unexpected financial strain and has left him unable to work. We appreciate all of your loving contributions—especially your prayers.

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Not Abandoned: The Fourth Grace

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog | 9 comments

Not Abandoned: The Fourth Grace

When my friend was just a baby, her mother walked out of their apartment to begin a “new life” without her. Left totally vulnerable and abandoned by the one who should care for her more than any other, she was alone for hours in a crib, crying out for help with no one there. Thankfully, the apartment manager eventually heard her cries and broke in to rescue her. It leaves me cold and aching to think of her crying out for a mother who no longer cared for her. How could a mother walk away like that? But moms do. Husbands do. Friends do. No matter how people have let you down, no matter how much you’ve suffered from rejection, even abandonment, if you belong to Christ, you have this secure promise from Him: “I will not abandon you.”

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Digging Through the Promise Box: The Third Grace

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog | 6 comments

Digging Through the Promise Box: The Third Grace

It was just a cheap little plastic box, maybe you’ve seen one like it or have one, filled with business-card-sized Scripture cards. Each card held a “promise” from Scripture. I vividly remember, as a young girl, climbing up on my mom’s bed and taking the box from her bedside table into my lap so that I could pull out one card at a time and read those promises. The difference between Scripture’s promises and any other “promise” is the source of the promise. The unfailing God delivers what He promises.

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Why I Love Living in Providence: The Second Grace

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Blog | 5 comments

Why I Love Living in Providence: The Second Grace

“Can you pray . . . ?” Almost daily, that question flows between my dear friend and me. God providentially knit our hearts together through a series of circumstances that He obviously arranged. I’m in a different season of life, quite a few years ahead of her, but we have more important things in common than age: our love for Christ, our commitment to His Word, and our care for our husbands who both suffer with debilitating nerve pain.

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Whispering This Constantly – the First “Grace”

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

Whispering This Constantly – the First “Grace”

“It makes no sense” is one of the most frequent statements I hear when people ask about how LeRoy is doing and if there is any improvement in his condition. No, we’ve seen no improvement. Yes, he still suffers with excruciating pain from nerve damage and muscle spasms. Yes, he still needs a great deal of assistance; he’s partially paralyzed due to spinal cord damage. His vision is blurry when he tries to read, his voice and body are weak, and his day revolves around medicine doses and difficult trips from his reclining chair to the bathroom. His life has taken a drastic turn.

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Four Graces That Have Carried Me

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog | 13 comments

Four Graces That Have Carried Me

The sweet smell of pine surrounds me all the way down the lane to the mailbox. The fresh scent is heavier than usual. We had an early morning shower that cooled things down a bit and the clouds are just now giving way to a beaming sun that is baking the pine-needle-carpet, running along both sides of the lane, into an even darker golden brown. I stop to take a deep breath and to worship the Father who is kind enough to provide this moment—this quiet bit of respite and beauty.

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Having a Meltdown with God

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Blog | 12 comments

Having a Meltdown with God

There are days when it happens. When I just drop to my knees, beside my bed, and let the tears flow—silently. I cry quietly because I don’t want my messy meltdown to disturb my precious husband. But if I’m able to get outside, that meltdown is a bit louder. I don’t yell at God, but pour out the hurt to Him with buckets of tears with blunt statements and appeals. I let Him know how hard it is, how much I long to see healing come, and how very weary my mind and body are.

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The Reward of a Long History With Your Church

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Blog | 7 comments

The Reward of a Long History With Your Church

This is the post I’ve wanted to write for months. There is so much I want to tell you, but it could not fit in this small space. Instead, I’m going to share only a small bit of what’s on my heart. I want you to know what a privilege it is to be part of a healthy and biblical body, and how grateful we are for our precious church. But what I really want you to know is that longevity matters.

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God’s Invitation to Meet in Sacred Intimacy

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Blog | 7 comments

God’s Invitation to Meet in Sacred Intimacy

Last week, Revive Our Hearts aired a conversation that I had with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth about prayer. This was originally recorded awhile back, before LeRoy’s debilitating illness, but the truths she and I talked about then are even sweeter (and more of a tested reality) today than the day we recorded this program.

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When One Thing Leads to Another

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

When One Thing Leads to Another

It all started because of my love and concern for my man. It was only the first week in March and I knew something had to be done. Love for my man, and the desire to protect him from a serious threat led me on an adventure I never would’ve chosen. (You’ll need a little background for this story to make sense. Well, even with the background info, this story will probably sound a bit crazy.) We live in the South. And in the South, we have a treacherous enemy every spring, summer, lasting even into the fall. They can be relentless, only hiding out for a few months during the coldest season. I’m talking about a real enemy. Spoiler Alert: If you have a weak stomach, are disgusted by the rigors of rural life, or have a fear of insects . . . you may want to skip this post; it’s definitely a bit off the beaten path for this blog.

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