People Need People

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One of the common threads that runs through every culture and nearly every family is the understanding that we all need each other.  We may think that we can manage the world all alone, or that we can achieve some sense of greatness by ourselves, but that is not the truth.  God put us together […]

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 sag.  You can start to wonder if prayer really works, or if God has the power to heal you. The One who spoke the […]

One Step at a Time

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Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to get out and speak to audiences around the country on behalf of the American Heart Association and to help promote stroke awareness. Since having my own strokes in 2007, I’ve learned that no matter what we’re doing it’s truly best if we take it “one step at […]

Living in Hope

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It’s interesting to me to note that after a physical event like a stroke, your body and your mind have only one goal, and that is to recover.  You want to mend as quickly as you can and get back to what feels normal to you.  Your desire to heal and to fully recover is […]

At the Heart of Listening

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I remember a few times when I was raising my children that they would catch me in the middle of something I was working on and try to talk with me.  They may have talked for five minutes with me saying things like, “Uh, Huh” or “Okay.”  Finally, they would get frustrated and ask me […]

You! Why Not You?

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Sometimes we imagine that things that happen to other people, can’t really happen to us.  We think we’ve outsmarted life in some way. We’ve found the secret to side-stepping chronic illness, or protecting our marriage from any notion of divorce, or making sure our kids are successful. We think all of that, until the day […]

God Knows You and Chose You

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I don’t know about you, but I confess that there have been times in my life when I was uncertain that God knew who I was.  I mean, I didn’t imagine there was anything very special about me that would inspire God to call me to do any big jobs for Him.  In fact, I […]

Is Anybody Listening?

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Most of us enjoy a good conversation.  We exchange ideas with another person and we take turns being the talker and being the listener.  It satisfies something deep inside of us to know that we have communicated and connected with someone else. Sometimes though, when it comes to prayer, it feels like a one-way conversation.  […]

Thanks for the Storm

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I know some of you are probably wondering why I would even suggest that we can be thankful for the storms in our lives, because after all, storms usually bring chaos. When I first suffered strokes back in 2007, I can’t say that I felt immediately grateful.  In fact, I wasn’t sure what life would […]