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    Faith and Health

    Chronic Illness Burnout: What It Is and 7 Ways to Heal 

    “What’s the point?” I sighed as I stared out the window.   The dark grey skies matched the stormy conditions of my heart.   Recently I had been prescribed a new medication, which had been helpful for other people who had the same health condition as me.   I thought this new medicine would be the answer. To help me walk and stand without feeling dizzy. To help give me more energy.   But after trying it for a few weeks I developed side effects.   Side effects that made it not worth it.   All my hopes were dashed to the ground like giant drops of rain pouring down.    When you live with a chronic…

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    Spiritual Growth

    What is Spiritual Health? (It’s more important than you think!)

    When dealing with health issues, it can be so easy to focus just on our physical health.   Managing the symptoms. Taking our medications. Getting to our doctor and therapy appointments. And all the other things that living with health issues requires of us.  And while it is important to take care of our physical health . . . we are not just physical beings.   We also need to take care of ourselves mentally, emotionally, and most importantly . . . spiritually.  What is spiritual health and why is it important? Spiritual health care is all about taking the time to focus on your soul.   It’s about making it a priority…

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    Prayer

    Praying the Names of God: 15 Ways to Revitalize Your Prayer Life  

    Sometimes it can be hard to pray. Because we don’t always know what to say.  And if you are anything like me, it can be so easy to get distracted. Or find yourself in a rut of just repeating the same stuff.   When we find ourselves in these difficult seasons it can help to try something different.   Because when we try new ways to pray, it helps us connect with God in new ways.   And a great way to connect with God is to pray his many names.   Praying Using the Names of God When we pray using the names of God, we are reminded of all the different aspects…

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    30 of the Best Christmas Bible Verses for Cards

    Many people love to send out Christmas cards, Christmas family picture cards, or Christmas letters.   And the greatest compliment to any of these items is a good Christmas Bible Verse.   But sometimes it can be hard to think of the perfect Scripture to use.   So, we put together this list of 30 of the Best Christmas Bible Verses for cards.   This list will help you find the perfect Scripture to add a beautiful finishing touch to your Christmas cards!  What is a good Bible verse to put in a Christmas card? These Christmas verses are perfect for putting in cards. They beautifully display the Christmas message so you can spread…

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    Bible Verses

    25 Hope-Filled and Healing Scriptures for the Sick

    It’s one of the hardest places to be. Living with a broken body.   I know. I get it.  I’ve lived for a long time now with a debilitating health condition that affects my everyday life. And yet, every day this health condition also teaches me to lean on Christ.   Because my hope is not in this life. Or in a miraculous healing.   My hope is in the God who loves me.   The God who is with me. Who has promised He will work ALL things out for my good. And who has made a way for me to be with Him for all of eternity.  But while hope for…

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    Faith and Health

    Faith and Healing – It Doesn’t Mean What You Think

    I stared at my phone in shock and disbelief. Tears filled my eyes as I read her message over and over. Finally, I put the phone down and walked away.   But her words followed me.     “If you don’t come to this event, you will never be healed. You don’t have enough faith.”    This lady had invited me to an event that advertised worship, miracles, and healing for anyone who came.   But due to scheduling conflicts, I wasn’t able to go.     I knew she meant well. I knew she just wanted me to be free from the chronic illness plaguing me.    But her words hurt.     And they made me wonder:    Are…

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    Spiritual Growth

    How to Be Content in EVERY Circumstance 

    Be content with what you have.  We’ve all heard the saying. We all know we should do this. And while it seems so simple . . . it can be really hard to do.   There are many things that can cause us to feel discontent.  The political climate. The state of the economy. The difficult job we are stuck in.   The friends who betray us. The loved ones who walk away from us. The kids who drive us crazy.  The body that betrays us. The pain that won’t go away. The medical diagnosis we were given.  Many times, we have good reasons to be discontent with our lot in life.  …

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    Spiritual Growth

    How to Choose Faith Over Fear When Life Falls Apart

    Questions raced through my mind.   What should I do now? Is this really my new normal? How am I supposed to live like this? When the doctor said it was a chronic condition, did he really mean it would never go away?  I felt scared. Angry. Worried. Anxious. Confused.   Because being diagnosed with a chronic condition meant my life was never going to look the same. I would always struggle. Always suffer.   I would always deal with limitations. Obstacles. And hurdles other people would never have to face.   I didn’t know what to do.   I just knew I was afraid . . . and I didn’t want my life to look…

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    Bible Verses

    30 Uplifting Bible Verses on Gratitude and Thanksgiving

    We often face moments of grief, sadness, and depression in life.   And when our hearts are breaking over all the hard things we are facing, the last thing we may want to do is count our blessings. But giving thanks moves our focus from all we lack to all we have been given.   There are many benefits of gratitude shown in the Bible.    Because God knows when we learn to cherish all the good things in our life, it becomes easier to handle the hard times.   He wired our brains to release serotonin and dopamine when we think about all we are grateful for. And those chemicals cause us to feel…

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    Spiritual Growth

    13 Amazing Ways the Power of the Holy Spirit Works in You

    The person and power of the Holy Spirit was first seen at the dawn of creation when by His power the entire world came into being. (Genesis 1:1-2)  In the OT the Holy Spirit’s power was seen when He empowered men to do the will of God. He worked in them and through them to accomplish things they normally would not have been able to do.   But this power wasn’t permanent. (Psalm 51:11) Then came the NT.   After Jesus ascended to Heaven the Holy Spirit descended to be with us. Permanently.   Because of Jesus’s death on the cross, the Holy Spirit and His power now dwells within every believer.   Jesus…