When The Battle Is Fierce

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

I don’t know about you, but my battle feels fiercely physical. The pain that I struggle against every day. The flare-ups I live with on a regular basis. Trying to cope with symptoms that never go away. It’s an intense physical battle, and it’s easy to give up altogether.

Yet, God says our struggle is not against flesh and blood.

I had to think about that for a minute before I realized the incredible truth buried within these verses. Even though my physical battle feels intense, it’s my spiritual, emotional and mental battles that I have to fight the hardest to win.

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When You Need Real Hope

Life is hard.

If you live with a chronic illness or chronic pain, you understand more than most just how intense “HARD” can be.

You know that the stress of chronic illness and overwhelming pain can push you right to the edge of your strength and abilities. As you stand and peer over the edge of this cliff, you are intimately acquainted with the feeling that this life is unbearable and that all hope for a better future seems gone. On the really bad days, you might even feel like jumping off this cliff and ending it all.

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When You Can’t Find Joy in the Holidays

The holiday season can be a lonely, hard time for those of us who have particularly hard circumstances. Perhaps you have lost a loved one with whom you used to spend the holidays. Or maybe, like me, you live with chronic pain, and each day is hard beyond belief. Or perhaps your little ones are grown and the house is now empty on Christmas day. All of the these things can make the holiday season particularly hard to bear.

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Have you wondered what God is doing in your difficult circumstances? Why God allows suffering into our lives? It’s natural to ask why and to want to see some benefit from our suffering, because it makes us feel better if we can see good coming out of the difficult situations in our lives. It makes it seem more “worth it” when we can see a purpose for it all.

 

If you’ve ever wondered what God is up to, then I have good news for you. God IS doing something. He is doing something very good, indeed.

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When It Hurts Too Much

When we think of “sad,” we think of tragedies happening, people dying, hope being lost. I want to tell you a story about a different kind of sad, perhaps the most tragic of all, which is found in Matthew 8: 28-34 in the Bible. Bear with me as we explore a story of sadness on our journey of hope.
In this story, Jesus goes to a place called the “region of the Gadarenes.” I confess, I don’t know much about this place, but I do know that there were two demon-possessed men who immediately came out to taunt Jesus. They knew who Jesus was and asked why He was there, “to torture us before God’s appointed time?
They knew Jesus had power over them and that He was going to order them out of the two men’s bodies, so they begged Him to send them into some pigs nearby. Jesus did so, and the demons caused the pigs to run away, plunging to their death over a steep hillside and into a lake.
You would think this is a good thing. You would think that the people would be celebrating the release of two men who are now free of demon-possession. You would think the people would beg Jesus for more of His healing power.
But not these people. Instead, they begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
And I asked myself, “Do I ever do that?

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