Experiencing Joy in Sorrow

Experiencing Joy in Sorrow

Joy has a special spot in my bedroom. She sits on the small love seat, looking completely out of her element as the lone “toy” in the room. But I proudly display her because she’s special to me. I doubt I would’ve ever purchased her myself, but a couple of my precious girls (both friends in their teens—one is my niece) brought her back for me from a trip they took to Chicago. They say that I remind them of Joy. Joy sits there and reminds me of them.

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First Infusion Update and More

First Infusion Update and More

Maybe secretly, you know deep, deep down inside, I was hoping for LeRoy to wake up the morning after his infusion and be pain-free. Of course, I’m always hoping for that, but getting this high-powered drug flowing through his veins might’ve raised my hope-level a bit more than usual. But reality came crashing in within hours of the infusion.

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2018’s Challenge

2018’s Challenge

This post has been running through my head for weeks, but it took awhile to actually carve out time to transfer content from my head to my laptop. For those of you who’ve followed this blog for more than a year, you know that every fall, I issue the same challenge: “Begin seeking God for what your spiritual focus should be next year.” I offer that challenge in the fall, so you have time to pray and seek God to confirm what direction of study and spiritual growth He has for you in the coming year.

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Choosing to Sing in the Desert

Choosing to Sing in the Desert

Ever had spurts of spiritual growth, with a few mountaintop highs sprinkled in, followed by a long desert season? Or reached a low point where it seemed your prayers weren’t hitting the ceiling? Or have you ever been so low that you couldn’t even voice a prayer?

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Not Losing Heart!

Not Losing Heart!

November arrived, but the calendar in my head hasn’t caught up. It seems like everything in our lives came to a standstill way back in August, when LeRoy first entered the hospital. The world has moved on, summer ended and school semesters started, but in some ways, LeRoy and I are stuck in a “timeless” and somewhat solitary season. But even though I’ve been stuck back in August, the calendar tells me that fall arrived more than a month ago. And I don’t want to miss it. Fall is my favorite time of year, I love this season more than any other.

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