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When It All Seems Hopeless

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Some days life feels empty.  We don't know what our next step should be or perhaps, why we are even in the place in which we find ourselves. Where do we turn when it all seems hopeless?

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. Psalms 31:24

I feel frozen.

Numb.

I sit in my chair with so many things to do - and I do none of them.

Part of me is worried about the affect of the stress of the past few days.  …

Now What, God?

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Some life events leave us wondering, "What Now, God?" Yet, there is one thing we can count on that will never change - God's love for us.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

The wake and the funeral are over.

The flowers are gone.

The sympathy cards are tucked away.

There is no evidence of the tornado that blew through our lives this past week.

As I awake, I look around.

Same room.

Chronic Encouragement

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One thing that I have learned from living this life of chronic illness is that it is a life that needs chronic encouragement.

It's a difficult, challenging life.  I'm not sure that is acknowledged as much as it could be.

It's hard to be on this path.

I have often felt like we need a cheerleading section beside us, encouraging us onward - telling us things will be ok - that we can deal with all that put in our path.

The Weakest Link

I was working on a new post for today when for some reason I can across this post.  I know some of you will have read it before.  Yet, in light of our recent loss, it just seemed right to talk about where our strength comes from in any and every situation.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. (Ephesians 6:10 NASB)

There are days when I wonder how in the world I will make it through.  …

Jesus Wept

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No one showed much emotion in my household growing up. My father, a Scandinavian, showed little emotion.  He instilled good values in us.  He took good care of us.  But emotions?

Pretty much not allowed.

I grew up thinking it was wrong to cry.  You were weak.

I'd choke back tears at sad movies, I'd never tell anyone in my family how I was feeling.  I became a real "stuffer" of emotions.

Today, two days after the death of my husband, I cling to that verse.  …

Overflowing

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This is a photo of my darling Steve and myself before his stem cell transplant five years ago.  He is bloated by steroids, and we had just had a family "head shaving party," so he would not feel alone when his hair fell out.  (I just wanted you to see my sweetie.)

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

When I was young (and not-so young), I used to wish for riches and fame.  …

My Gift: Philippians 4:6

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My aim when I started this blog was to be able to post every day.  Kind of a commitment between God and me.

Lately, I've done a lot of revisits and have had guest posts - but at least something has been posted most days.

Today my husband was placed on a ventilator and has a feeding tube.  It's easy to say that I don't have a lot of encouragement to pass on to all of you.

My encouragement for today when I reached for my study apps and said to God, "What do You have for me today?"

Coming Apart at the Seams

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As I spend to day wondering what the future holds for our family and praying, I find comfort in these words written in November of 2011.  I realize more and more what I need is to 'come apart' and spend time with Christ who is my all-in-all.

“ … and He said to them, 'Come ye yourselves apart to a desert place, and rest a little,' for those coming and those going were many, and not even to eat had they opportunity,…

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Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Many of you who follow me on facebook already know what kind of day today has been.  It's not a day that I would have thought I could have been at all prepared to handle.  At times, I felt I couldn't handle it.

When There Is Nothing Left To Do

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Like it or not, challenging days can stand before us. We might face loss after loss - fear after fear.  Yet in all these things, God promises to stands with us.

Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. 1 Peter 4:19

I sit here at home with the computer on my lap, typing this post.

I've done all that I can do.

I've prayed, hand placed on my husband's forehead before the ambulance takes him to the hospital.  …

In the Shadows

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When you live with chronic pain and challenges, it is a given that some days are more difficult than others.  How we approach these days can make all the difference in the world for us.

How precious is thy lovingkindness, O God!  And the children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings.  Psalm 36:6

It's hard to function when you are in pain.  (Preaching to the choir, I know ...) While I truly enjoy writing my devotional blog, some days there is just too much pain to think, much less type.  …

It's an Odd Day, Lord

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Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

It's an odd day, Lord.

Rainy and cold.

It doesn't feel at all like springtime.

Steve is having so much pain and discomfort.

It hurts to see him hurting so.

And there is nothing much I can truly do.

It is all out of my hands.

In all of this, help me to seek your will.

It's an odd day, Lord.

I don't know what to pray for.

Revisiting: I Want to Know and I Want to Know NOW!

As we deal with the uncertainty of my husband's current leukemia treatment, the need to know becomes strong.  Realizing that, once again, we are in the realm of having to trust day-by-day is, at the same time, comforting and also uncomfortable.  This is a pertinent 'revisit' for me today.  For some of you, it will be 'new, for others, a revisit.  In either case, I pray the words speak to you in an encouraging way.

In the World Ye Shall Have Tribulation

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Sometimes someone has already written the words I need to both write ... and hear.  This is one of those times.   This is taken from  Charles Spurgeon's MORNING & EVENING:

MORNING:

      "In the world ye shall have tribulation."  
             -- John 16:33

Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like him? …

Straight Paths for Your Feet

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Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,  and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. Hebrews 12:12-13

I like the idea of taking this verse literally.  I'd love to know that my weakened joints can be strengthened in this life and that I would be healed.

What impresses me more is that I am able to be strengthened spiritually. 

Revisiting: Need a Place to Hide?

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You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;  You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

When I was a little girl, I used to like to hide.  Hide and seek was one of my favorite games - as long as I wasn't the seeker!  

I'd make tents out of blankets, pull the covers up over my head at night and read after lights out - flashlight in hand.  I know I thought I was getting away with something, but I'm sure my parents knew.

God Things

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Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7

God things.

Sometimes strange things happen, serendipitously.  (That is one of my favorite words! 'Coincidentally' is just as good a word, but isn't as much fun and doesn't add the happy part to coincidence.)

One of those things happened today.  Well, not really today, but I learned of it today.

Rotten Attitudes, Watch Out!

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Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,  being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV

There are times when I blame my rotten attitudes on my challenges.

I mean, who wouldn't be (upset, irritated, angry, fill in the blank) when dealing with all of this?

Fret Not Thyself

Sometimes the way things are worded - even if it is the same basic idea - helps me understand things.

I've been dealing with some anger stuff the past few days.  For some reason, things that wouldn't ordinarily bother me have added up until I find myself complaining and grousing, and ...well ... just plain angry.  I let the stress get to me.  

I am slowly learning to deal with these feelings.  I turn on my "uplifting" music playlist.  …

Revisiting: Even When the Bottom Drops Out

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  (John 15:15 NIV)

I have to admit that I am still not used to this journey through life with chronic physical challenges.  I am one of the fortunate ones  Some days are better than others  Yet for some reason, I still get surprised when a bad day hits.

The Journey into Now

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Oh, the challenges of this journey into now!  How little time I spend in the moment.  I'm finding that my biggest challenge is impatience.  I've always known I'm an impatient person.  I don't like standing in lines at the store (or didn't - when I could stand).  I get impatient waiting for things to come in the mail.  I'm impatient when I fall behind schedule - or when others do. I want to know test results immediately.  …

Easy to Forget About God?

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God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

Some days, it is easy for me to forget about God.

Seems like  a strange thing coming from a self-professed Christian, doesn't it?

God seems to get lost in the events that whirl around and around those who are important to me.  Self included.

Yet, I realize I need to acknowledge those words.  …

Don't Look Back

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. …

Contentment, Acceptance, and Peace

This is an important 'revisit' for me today. With the knowledge that there is a nation-wide blood platelet shortage combined with the fact that my husband is completely dependent on blood platelets to stay alive at this point, it would be so easy for me to panic and worry myself so that I'd make my own illnesses worse.  So, today, I repeat the "Serenity Prayer" in its entirety.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. …

Whatever Happens

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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. (NIV) Philippians 1:27a

Have you ever wondered how many verses there are in the Bible?

Kind of an odd thing to ask, I guess.

What started me down this train of thought was that so often, one single verse pops out at me, waving its arms and almost hollering, "You need me today!  Here I am!  I've been waiting for you!"

Let me explain. …

Remain in My Love

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If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.  John 15:10

It's late in the day for me to be writing my devotional for the day.  I try to write it first thing in the morning.  A dental appointment in Chicago changed my routine.  It's ironic, because what I would have written this morning would be completely different from the one I am writing now.

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