If You Have Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

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He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom—you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. These are people— Whose eyes are open but don’t see a thing,Whose ears are open but don’t understand a word,Who avoid making […]

Some Assembly Required

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Did you ever buy something you wanted from the store, perhaps a toy for one of your grandchildren or a new bookcase, and then you read the words, “Some assembly required?”  I don’t know about you, but I can tell you I don’t like seeing those words stamped on the package.  I prefer things to […]

The New Normal

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Most of us like to define “normal” for ourselves.  For example, we might say that it’s normal for us to get four hours of sleep each night, or it’s normal to work twelve hours a day.  We set the pattern and that’s what seems “normal” to us.  When I suffered two strokes and had to […]

Our Perfect Imperfections

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Any kind of chronic condition, whether it’s related to your health, or longtime financial stress, or relationship stress, can make you question yourself. It can even make you question God, sometimes in anger.  After a stroke or some other health crisis, you might find yourself saying, “Why me? Why are you doing this to me, […]

Acceptance Brings Hope

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When you have a stroke, or any life-altering illness, everything changes.  Your physical body is not the same and nothing about your life feels “normal.”  You feel drained and you are ushered through a wide range of emotions that move from feeling uncertain to desperate. Eventually with the grace of God, you are able to […]

That’s Impossible

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Not long ago I was speaking with a stroke support group.  I shared my stories of the two strokes that put me into an induced coma for several weeks and then the work that was required when I woke up and had to start the recovery process. I mentioned that I was pleased that I […]

Surrender or Give Up! It’s a Big Difference!

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Some words are easy to define.  You relate to them from your personal experience.  When you talk about “love” for instance, you might define it differently than someone else, but love is a word that makes you feel good and when you use it people understand what you’re trying to say. Today, I want to […]

Making Hard Choices

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You have to make a lot of choices as you go through life.  When you were a kid, they seemed relatively easy or at least you were aware of the consequences of your choices.  You could choose to stay out after curfew, but you knew that would not go well with your dad.  You could […]

No Place to Hide

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You may remember the Bible story from Genesis about how Adam and Eve hid from God when they knew they had done wrong. They covered themselves in fig leaves to hide their nakedness.  They didn’t want God to see them. It was interesting to me after my stroke experience, to discover that I did not […]

What? Me Worry?

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We all worry, don’t we? When you’ve gone through a critical illness and you’re working to get better, worry comes right along with the rest of your progress.  On the good news side, if you can worry, it probably means you’re healing.  After all, you don’t have time to worry at the beginning of your […]