Category Archives: Encouraging Thoughts

we press on

Tonight in church, two of our teens sang a song that deeply touched my heart. I’ve been familiar with this particular song for probably more than a decade, but tonight it meant something special, so I thought I would post … Continue reading

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life in concert…

The past twelve days probably represented my most difficult post-treatment days yet. I’ve had two good days, thankfully. One of them is today, and the other one was Thursday. Ironically, I had planned to take Dana away for the day. … Continue reading

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hitting a wall

Have you ever hit a wall in some aspect of your life? This is something that I haven’t written much about, but walls have become somewhat of a regular occurrence in this cancer experience. First, there’s the physical energy wall. … Continue reading

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the sufficient grace of God…

God has been so good to us! Treatment #10 did it’s usual damage, but God gave strength at all the right times. Thursday night we colored Easter eggs with the kids, Friday we spent some time with some new staff … Continue reading

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reflections from a McDonald’s booth

I woke up this morning, grabbed my computer, and came to McDonalds. Today is a family day, but sometimes I like to get up earlier and get some quiet private time with the Lord and to think. And, since McDonalds … Continue reading

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thankfulness therapy before chemo therapy…

Well, even with shingles, the last few weeks “off chemo” have been HEAVENLY!!! I can’t believe tomorrow it’s time to go back into the cave. I’ve been trying to avoid the thought, but tonight Dana and I started laying out … Continue reading

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today was a gift…

Just a quick update! I’m thankful for praying friends. From what I’m told by everyone I know, my shingles should have been much worse. After staying down Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, I woke up today expecting to feel worse, but … Continue reading

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commitments and prayers for the 43rd year

Today I hit big #42. Strangest birthday ever. Don’t get me wrong. It’s been a great one, but unusual in regards to the season of trial we are venturing through. Health wise, I’m coughing my head off today (and in … Continue reading

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more stuff christians should stop doing

Hello from left field again! Apparently a lot of you have brains that spend time in left field as well, because the post that I almost didn’t post turned out to be one that many of you responded to. Thank … Continue reading

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stuff christians need to stop doing

This is a bit out of left field—but that’s where my brain has been spending a lot of time lately, so here goes. Over the past few months, I’ve been making a short list of really bad habits—not like nail-biting … Continue reading

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my personal portrait of grace

“Oops… I’m sorry…” This has become my opening line more than I care to admit. The scene, on a sick day, is something like this. I’m convalescing in some reclined position, propped up by pillows in bed or on the … Continue reading

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“be it unto me…”

Do you ever find yourself connecting in different ways with characters in the Christmas story? Have you ever seen yourself in the worshipping shepherds, the seeking wise men, or the waiting Simeon? I suppose we all find varying connection points … Continue reading

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LORD of my life

A friend of mine sings a song. Since I first heard it, it has captured my heart… it’s called Seigneur De Ma Vie (which is French and means “Lord of My Life”). I can’t hear this song, especially now, without … Continue reading

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40 reasons i’m thankful for cancer

Since diagnosis, I’ve been making a list—reasons to thank God for allowing me to have this trial. This post has been in the works for 10 weeks. And by human reason, it sounds insane to say, “Thank you for cancer.” … Continue reading

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no place to hide

Why in the world would I want to journal this crazy experience on a blog where people can publicly see this ordeal? Frankly, I wonder sometimes. I must be half stupid. In part, it’s because I can hardly believe this … Continue reading

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