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7 Verses to Dwell Upon In the Wake of Hard News | A Rare Disease Update

7 Verses to Dwell Upon In the Wake of Hard News | A Rare Disease Update

Last week, my oncologist shared news I wasn’t prepared to receive: my tumor has grown a few millimeters.

There had been no signs or indicators that cued my body to brace for the shock.

In the wake of hard news, life once again feels disrupted by the unexpected. The burden both sharper and softer to bear. As the reality settles, a soft landing has been in remembering the burden is not mine alone. God’s provision has remained present, and my faith trusts it will not yield.

If you are here, you get it. You too understand the ups and downs that are present when the unexpected hits. You’ve felt the weight, you’ve experienced the questions and doubt, and, yet, you share in the hope we have through a life with God.

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Inviting God into our struggles is a starting point to resting in God’s strength in our struggles. When we are weak, then we are strong Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness.

What a gift that within the places we feel weak God’s provision is what we can rely on to see us through. We don’t have to hold it all together. Our weaknesses become a place to see God at work, a place to rest in his strength.

Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis | The Waiting Room

Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis | The Waiting Room

The waiting room. A place that one rarely—if ever—desires to be.

I’ve spent a fair share of hours in waiting rooms twirling my thumbs, aimlessly scrolling social media in an attempt to distract myself from what is to come—seeking something to ease the emotions that well up inside amid the wait.

The wait is always a bit unpredictable and a bit unsettling. It’s a place we could all use a dose of comfort which is why I am excited to share The Waiting Room: 60 Meditations for Finding Peace & Hope in a Health Crisis with you.

Author Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage has written a perfect companion for our time spent in the waiting room. Today, she is sharing her heart behind the book with us in a brief Q&A.

5 Things I Learned This Summer

5 Things I Learned This Summer

A change in seasons is upon us. Reflecting on the summer of 2020, the multifaceted nature of life was affirmed once again for me. I certainly don’t need to rehash the fact that this summer was different from what any of us had planned. There was bending and breaking, sorrow, and joy—each of us embodying the chaos in different ways, each of us finding our way through, each of us growing and being stretched through the struggle.

Though this list is far from all-encompassing, today I am sharing a shortlist of what I learned (and in some cases re-learned) this summer in no particular order.

Finding Abundance by Reframing Rain

Finding Abundance by Reframing Rain

Before, my life abounded with adventure and unique experiences. One day changed everything. November 12, 2004, started out as a normal day. Up before dawn, I made breakfast and headed to a teacher in-service training. Unbeknownst to me, those would be the last pain-free hours I would ever have. A mass radiation accident burned my eyes, face, neck, and hands creating a before and after fulcrum in my life.

After the accident, my once active life looks radically different. I live with unceasing and worsening pain, extreme light sensitivity, and decreasing vision. The burns keep my body confined within the walls of my home 95 percent of the time.

While walls may contain my body, over time, I realized walls don’t limit or contain my prayers.

Permission to Be Still and Honor Your Needs

Permission to Be Still and Honor Your Needs

Pen poised over my journal one morning, I felt a nudge to be still. “Take some time to rest and just be,” the voice in my head prompted me. Over the next 24 hours, I contemplated those words. I tried to piece together what I was being called to do. Deep down, I knew, but it was easier to ignore that voice.

I continued to pursue the easy path and pressed on as I attempted to pay no mind to the pull I felt—the voice telling me to stop striving and to seek rest.

A few weeks later, the pull became too strong to ignore. I had no choice but to pay attention.