2018 Reflections and Lessons

2018 Reflections and Lessons

The year of our Lord, twenty-eighteen, began on a Monday. And that made the new year seem right on schedule. A new week, new month, new year, and a fresh start should always begin on a Monday, don’t you think? So, 2019 feels a little off to me. In fact, I’m a little behind on all of it (which explains why you didn’t receive this post earlier).

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It’s the Damage Done, Not the Disease

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

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

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

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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