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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Overcoming the Wilderness

In a time where I feel as though I should have been earnestly preaching the gospel, I have been physically weak through chronic illnesses and Satan has definitely taken advantage through his temptations.

Overcoming the Power of the Dragon

He attacks so suddenly. That nasty monster of disabling chronic illness. Oh how scary it is when the beast strikes. What turmoil he creates in his path. He's a dragon that has no mercy on his victim -- with no way for the knight to slay his nastiness for his lady. What's a knight to…

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…

Poem: The Mask I Wear

You don't know what I feel, The emptiness, the despair, Because I have a smile, On the mask I wear. It's a way to endure, A way to be free, Of these moments of feelings, That aren't genuinely me. I play the upbeat music, I fake a disguising dance, Not because I want to, But…

Utilize Your Brethren

What a mockery to pray for help when you refuse to utilize the brethren God has put around you! No, they may not be able to resolve your exact problem or give you the answers that you want to hear, but they can be there to provide prayer, wisdom, encouragement, and support in bearing these…

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…