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I’m kind of hung up on the perseverance thing right now.  With a new health problem, intolerance to the meds, and recurring symptoms - I’m having a hard time keeping the perspective of persevering, yet I know that is what I need to do.

I went to my trusty dictionary and looked up the definition of perseverance.  It helped me to realize the attitude that must be foremost in my mind right now.

perseverance noun in a competitive environment, 

Out of the Darkness - Prologue- Part Two.pdf

New Post: Are We to Simply Endure?

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I read an article that gave an interesting distinction between endurance and perseverance.

Endurance can simply be holding on.  Out of fear, out of stubbornness, out of the unwillingness to let go.

Perseverance, however, seems to have a different flavor than enduring.

Perseverance was defined as not letting go … with a purpose.  Not letting go because we know the ultimate outcome.

For those of us with chronic illnesses, we don’t always know the  outcome in this lifetime - we don’t know our lifespan, if our conditions will improve or deteriorate, or how our lives will end.

Out of the Darkness - Day Five


This is the final day of my postings the Out of the Darkness prologue.  If you have missed any of the other days and would like to read them, I am linking them below.

Day One HERE

Day Two HERE

Day Three HERE

Day Four HERE


She found herself thinking intently on these ideas.  The pain could be gone just like that and she would live in the comfort of those arms forever and dance with the stars as she always dreamed of doing. …

Out of the Darkness - Day Four


This is a continuation of the posting of then prologue to my manuscript Out of the Darkness.  The death of my daughter was indeed the darkest day of my life.  That I had fallen away from God was evidenced in my life - but these days drew me back closer to Him than ever before.  The prologue is the backstory giving insight into my own spirituality during the days and years before her death. 

Day one is HERE.  Day two is

Out of the Darkness - Day Three


If you’ve read blog posts from the past two days, you know I am sharing a short series of posts  containing part of the prologue to my manuscript Out of the Darkness.  The work is based on my experiences after my daughter’s death, and the spiritual crisis that ensued.  You can find Part One  HERE, and Part Two HERE.


People came into her life and people left. Sometimes she dared to speak of the knowing to them.  …

Out of the Darkness - Part Two


The following is the second part of my six-day posting from the epilogue to my manuscript, Out of the Darkness.  The writing of these words revolved around the spiritual crisis that followed the death of my daughter nine years ago. This events that birthed the more than anything else, gave me strength to continue on this journey we call life.  You can find Part One HERE.


Sometimes her thoughts seemed far too large for her:  Too big to comprehend. …

Out of the Darkness - Part One


I’ve been getting this God nudge lately.  Tonight, it seemed as though it is time to follow through.

Several years ago, after the death of my daughter, I began writing a book. What followed was an intimate, personal exploration.  It became so personal that I needed to distance myself from the writing by presenting the prologue in the third person.  

I’ve more than a few qualms about posting this.  This written journey - the prologue to my story - will cover six days. …

Sitting with Pain


Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great. Job 2:13

It’s been a challenging week pain-wise.  I do apologize for the sporadic postings.  

I’m dealing with some new health issues that I thought were accurately diagnosed, but it seems not as symptoms continue.

This is one of my rubber-hits-the-road places - when I face health challenges that are undefined and I have symptoms that I find scary - how do I live out my faith?

Without Love

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I read an interesting blog post today.  It was basically about  writing about thinking and speaking positively.  How people love to hear encouragement and not warnings.  It said people are looking for “hope and answers.”

Interesting thing is that it was a secular site.  There has been no mention of God anywhere in any of the posts I have been reading.

I started wondering, If people are looking for hope and answers - how will they ever truly find it without God?

Snowdrops and Eternity


In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

Every year, just about this time, I find myself writing about the snowdrops in our yard.

For those of you who might not know, snowdrops are tiny white flowers which hang down from their vibrant green stems like a .. well, a drop of snow.  In the flower world, they are the harbinger of spring time.

“But, I’m Trying!”

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Those were words my parents heard from me many times.

I was the baby of the family by seven years.  Expectations ran high.

I was a klutzy, living-in-a-world-of her-own kind of kid.  I often didn’t “get” things.  Now I know that is because I am on the autism spectrum - but back then, no one knew what that was … or cared.

I was just different.  My handwriting was awful.  I flunked scissors in kindergarten.  (True story.)  …

Just Askin’

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I’m gonna guess that a lot of you have seen this before.  The email I received looked like it had been forwarded many times.

Still, I’d like to share it here, in case you’ve not seen it.

It gave me a lot of food for thought as things go wrong around me lately.  I’ve oftener wondered about this when things go wrong, I don’t make the connections I need to, or I kept waiting.  

Reminds me of the Scripture from the book of Genesis

Teachers in the Strangest Places

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. Romans 14:10

I learned a lot about myself today.

I was at the doctor’s office for a recheck.

The waiting room was almost empty.  A extremely large woman came in using a walker, followed by a much older woman who I guessed was her mother.

Another patient was sitting down and the woman settled herself and her mother across the room.  …

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Empty Mangers

I read this today in an email from Prime Time With God.  I tried to find the article online in order to link to it, but I wasn’t able to find it.  I really wanted to share it with you all today, so I copied it here.

Please note this is a copyrighted article and the citation is below. Here is the link to subscribe to their devotionals.  They have a useful (to me, anyway) spiritual gifts analysis on their site, as well.

It’s Okay - Or It Will Be

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And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

“It’s okay…..or it will be.”

That’s something I find I need to tell myself a lot.

My first tendency is to think things aren’t okay.

I get a twinge of a pain.

The phone rings at midnight.

Things look like they could go in a bad direction - or no direction at all.

Perhaps, I’m waiting for test results.

One of Those Days


Did you ever have one of those days?

One of those really bad days? (So bad that I didn’t even realize no devotional went out yesterday.  I apologize for that.)

The kind that leaves you curled up, head down, and wanting to cry simply because life has gotten to be too much for you?

I’m pretty sure most (if not all) of you have.

Yesterday was one of those days for me.

Healthwise, it wasn’t terrible.  I’m becoming less and less mobile, but it wasn’t really about that. 

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