Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Most of us deal with a certain level of pain, but few of us live in the kind of tenacious pain that lingers and just doesn’t let up. For years, like clockwork, I lived with regular migraines that could put me to bed. I’d battle it for days, but eventually the migraine would win and knock me out of commission for a day before releasing its grip. But I have a few friends that live with unending pain, chronic pain that seems to have no end. If you are one of those, my heart goes out to you, and I’m posting these suggestions prayerfully, not as an expert, but as one who cares for you and is so sorry for your suffering.

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Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Last week I couldn’t help but shake my head and smile at the response to the blog post about needing to tackle the mess of my “home sweet home.” I was glad to see that a lot of you could relate to the “messy house dilemma.” You left some great comments, and Kathryn shared some thoughts that spurred this post. I’m quoting from her comment left on the post: “My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control.”

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How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

It’s been one of those seasons. You know the kind—when one trickle of difficulty leads to another, and then it seems like someone opens a floodgate? It didn’t start with the violent stomach bug that hit both Wagner households consecutively. It was before that, before my husband’s cell phone slid off the car’s roof to go smashing down the Interstate. It was before several unexpected financial blows hit, only to realize our refrigerator was going out, too. It was before a series of unexpected disappointments. It was before the misunderstanding came to light that left me stunned, and put me to the floor on my knees in prayer.

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The Watchers in the Room

The Watchers in the Room

He slowly guides the walker, feet shuffling behind--or is the walker guiding him? He moves so slowly it is hard to tell, they seem joined as one. His head is bowed without a trace of smile or joy. A face that once held youth, but now bears only wrinkles and pain. As I watch him I wonder. What occupies his thoughts, his heart?

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What Are Your Questions for 2017?

What Are Your Questions for 2017?

As I penned the year 2017, for the first time, I wondered what it might hold. What does the Father have planned? We’ve just closed the door on a year that seemed to fly much too fast, will this one pass as quickly? Will I walk in step with the Spirit, or will I run past what He has for me, or lag behind and miss out? These are some of the questions I’m considering in the predawn hours. How are you preparing your heart for this new year?

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