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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The Ministry of Chronic Pain

The Ministry of Chronic Pain

“I don’t know if I can take this pain for two more years . . .” desperation and bone-dead weariness surrounded my friend’s confession. Some of you may have met my travel buddy, Jeanne. If I’ve spoken at your church or a conference you’ve attended, most likely you’ve seen her close by my side. She’s served as pretty much my “right arm” for almost twenty years. And now her right arm lies almost dormant.

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When Affliction’s Hammer Hits Close to Home

When Affliction’s Hammer Hits Close to Home

“Your wrist looks like someone took a hammer and just smashed it.” The Orthopedic Surgeon delivered her blow in gentle tones, but it was still a blow. My travel buddy, my friend of twenty-plus years, is going to be sidelined for a bit. This tough woman, who recently survived a treacherous tumble down a steep incline while hiking the Swiss Alps, was now depending on me to navigate her wheel chair from the doctor’s office to the parking lot (the high dose of pain meds makes her a bit wobbly). The blows that hit unexpectedly serve to remind us of our frailty.

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When Cancer Invades

When Cancer Invades

It is no longer limited to a few. Probably every reader of this blog has been impacted, in some way, by cancer. I’ve shared with you when it hit close to home. If it hasn’t invaded your own life, it has probably threatened someone you love. Cancer is a treacherous foe, and although Cancer has no personal intentions, for a believer this threat provides the opportunity to showcase the reality of our Savior.

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The Pathway to the Heart of God

The Pathway to the Heart of God

Isolated. Alone. Vulnerable. Empty. Naomi was growing accustomed to the raw pain of loss. First, she lost her husband, and then both sons join him in death. Naomi is a stranger in foreign territory and she’s lost her family. She’s lost all male protection. She’s lost her dreams for little ones at her feet, for future generations to carry on their family line; they’ve all disintegrated with her last son’s final breath. She feels so alone, so lost, so hopeless. How had it all come to this? Does God turn a blind eye to our suffering?

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