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Just Sit Still

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Do you remember when you were just a wiggly little kid and your mother would give you that look you knew so well.  It was the one that reminded you to just sit still. You didn’t need her to say a word.  You just had to look at her face, and all the wiggling stopped. […]

Up with Prayer

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.             1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV I have to admit that I was one of those people who couldn’t even imagine what it meant to “pray without ceasing.”  After all, if I’m praying every moment, how do I have […]

Where Else Can I Turn?

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When life overwhelms us or becomes difficult, perhaps even causing us to feel hopeless, we wonder where we can turn.  Where will we find the help we need to get through the crisis of the moment? When I was in the early phases of stroke recovery, I wasn’t always sure if I would get back […]

An Invisible Shield

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In Bible times, great warriors and kings had armor bearers, those who walked before them carrying their shield.  Whether that shield truly protected them from the arrows of their enemies, I’m not sure.  You and I probably don’t expect someone to walk in front of us with a shield to protect us from others, but […]

Let Hope Surround You

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One of the outcomes for any of us when we are hit by a crisis, whether it’s a health crisis or some other form of difficulty, is that we can lose hope.  Losing hope is like pulling all the shades and denying that there is still light outside. We’re surrounded by everything that only adds […]

Because of Who He Is!

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Having a stroke is a serious thing!  There are times when I have wondered why I am still alive, or why I recovered as well as I did.  It could have gone some other way and I recognize that.  There were many times after I first came out of the induced coma, when I wondered […]

Difficult, But Not Impossible!

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I suspect that anyone who has suffered a stroke or some other crisis of health will have a lot of stories of how difficult it was to get through those days.  I remember a time when I would have said that difficult wasn’t even the right word to describe how I felt.  Everything loomed ahead […]

Prayer Power

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When you experience any kind of health crisis, but especially one like a stroke where you spend months in rehabilitation before you see the progress you’re hoping for, your spirits can definitely sag.  You can start to wonder if prayer really works, or if God actually has the power to heal you. The One who […]

A Stroke Survivor’s Gratitude List

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There’s something about surviving a crisis of health, especially when it blindsides you, that reminds you that you have no real control over your life. That  lack of control, that sense that you survived something that others didn’t, can also make  you grateful.  As a stroke survivor, I suspect you know exactly what I mean.  […]

One Step at a Time

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Recently, I’ve had the privilege to get out and speak to audiences around the country on behalf of the American Heart Association to help promote stroke awareness. Since having my own strokes in 2007, I’ve learned that no matter what I’m doing things truly work out best for me if I am willing to take it […]

 

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