Encouraging Words Blog 


In All These Things …

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I am well aware of my natural tendency to jump to the worst possible scenario.

I also know that, with Christ, it isn’t necessary for me to do so.

So - here I sit with new information.

Nothing horrible - just - well concerning and tiring.

It seems a small portion of my incision is not healing as well as it could be healing.  (To be honest, to me it looks pretty gross.)  It’s not infected, but we are using a topical med and keeping it bandaged.  …

Being Me (or Thank You for Fake Boobs)

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Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 NASB

If you are easily offended, you might want to skip this post.  …

Becoming Real


Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

The world would like us to think that the “real people” in this word are thin, beautiful, sexy, and successful.  They have it all together.  (Just watch any tv show or commercial to see this truth that we are constantly bombarded with!)


"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget,  I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”  (Isaiah 49: 15-16 NIV)

The path of chronic illness can be a lonely one.  Sometimes you are physically isolated from others.  At other times, there may be people around you, but they simply do not chronic illness. 

Looking Backward?

This is a revisit from January 2012.  As I read through it, I realized this is a post I need to read and reread - especially on the more challenging days.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.  (Psalm 16:11)

Some days I feel as if I have lost all sense of purpose in this life. When I have little energy or strength, I sometimes feel I would much rather just curl up in bed than face the world.

Making Room


And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 KJV

I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately.  I don’t seem to have a lot of energy for other things, and my new med makes sleeping a challenge.

So, I watch movies that I probably wouldn’t ordinarily watch.

“Clutter” was one of those movies.

The language isn’t the best.

Rejoicing and Weeping

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Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

I have heard that grace is what happens when God gives us what we don’t deserve - and mercy when we do not get what we do deserve.

I’ve strongly felt both the past two weeks.

It’s funny, cuz I feel kind of reluctant to write - though I know you all will rejoice with me.

The cancer was caught at an early stage, is hormone-related, and has a 90% success rate.  …

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