A Special Thanksgiving

For eight Thanksgivings I have not been able to enjoy the food. But not this year. My progress in overcoming some big issues with eating has led to this special day. A day I have been waiting for for nine years. To be free from eating the same food every day just to survive is…

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Grief’s Sources

Grief has many sources; mostly of which involve sorrow from the loss of something precious. Life - Health - Trust - Security - Love - Friends - Hope - Dreams “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid with it on the scales!" Job 6:2 Prayer: Holy God, the pain experienced in…

Joy in Trials

If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they…

Poem: The Gift of Hard Work

Sudden pain all over, The gift of hard work, Upsets my determined love. It was freeing to be, Someone who could labor, For the ministry of the saints. To be able to toil, Harder than usual, Without physical hindrance. But it wouldn't last, Defect would catch up, To activate my aches. Yet, it's worth every…

The Problem is not Anger, Grief, or Stress

The problem is not that we experience anger, grief, or stress. These are all reflective of our need for justice, love, and peace. It's when we allow it to consume us at the expense of not trusting in God, Who is the ultimate source of justice, love, and peace. Prayer (from Psalms‬ ‭25:1-2, 9-10, 20-21):…

Thoughts

Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren,…

One Big Contradiction

Depression feels like one big contradiction. You want to be happy and motivated yet everything inside you is telling you not to do what you need to succeed.  So what do you do? Find what makes it worth it and go against everything you're feeling for this purpose. It's exhausting to push through, but the…

Grief Into Gratitude

Just because someone is exhibiting abundant joy doesn't mean they have less problems in their life. They've just learned how to turn their grief into gratitude; a skill which takes deliberate, daily cultivation as it doesn't come naturally. “Rejoice always;  pray without ceasing;  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in…

I Will Do

You have to turn "it's so hard" into "I WILL DO" whatever it takes to work through this, otherwise you will always be held down by adversity.  Now get on your knees and pray, patiently trusting that GOD WILL PROVIDE the way if you seek it by His will. Prayer: My God, I will do…