"Redemption in brokenness…"

“The very thing we are afraid of, our brokenness, is the door to our Father’s heart.” Paul Miller I sat there, near the back of the little chapel hearing the murmurings of God’s truth from the pulpit. Good, solid, Godly words being spoken loud and clear, but they only came through as murmurings to me. I willed myself to listen. I begged God for the healing of my shattered heart. Take this fear away, God! My heart pounded inside my chest and my ears felt thick with cotton. As my mind started swimming and my lungs gasped for air, I grabbed my love’s arm and held on tight. Anything to ground me from the lack of control I was feeling. My sweaty palms were soaking my love’s sleeve as I held on for dear life. Letting go, my hands shook and I repeated these words from Isaiah 41:13, “I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you.” Read More

"Life happens when a new normal unfolds…"

I’m a hospice nurse. I’ve been doing hospice for nine years and nursing for over 35 years. Like most people, life sometimes gets in the way. I started my workweek waiting for results from my breast biopsy. When they called me and said I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, Stage 2 I said, “What? Who, me?” I couldn’t have breast cancer. I have no family history. I did everything I was told to do, self-exams, mammograms, etc. I called my family and completed my workweek, but I don’t remember much. Things after that moved at a moderate pace with port placement, PET scan, and labs. Then, I found out I have stage 4 breast cancer and bone metastasis. Read More

"Radiation to my brain…"

by Lyndsie Blythe Radiation to my brain. The hardest thing I’ve had to do, to date. I’ve walked through fire. I have run through infernos. I know I can do this too. God’s got me. ‘Keep it in mind.’ Read More

"The One Thing…"

My original intent was to write an article about forgiveness. I quickly realized that it wasn’t forgiveness, but unforgiveness that mires us to pain. Living in unforgiveness leaves Jesus out, and ushers in the dark side of human emotion. As I sifted through the Internet one night, I came across a forgiveness program based on a series of studies. The forgiveness program was created to show people the ways to forgiveness. Through their research, nine steps to forgiveness were formulated. It wasn’t the nine steps that grabbed me, but rather the “psychological disclaimer at the bottom of the page.” “The practice of forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression and stress and leads to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self confidence. Practicing forgiveness leads to healthy relationships as well as physical health. It also influences our attitude which opens the heart to kindness, beauty, and love.” I was intrigued. Really? You think true forgiveness can be achieved through nine steps and some intense seminars. You’ll have to read the rest, I didn’t. Instead, I’ve decided to tell you a story that I have permission to share. Read More