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"...like a daily balm for your weary soul reminding you that God is near in your journey...a must read." ~ Shelly Esser, Just Between Us Magazine
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It's an honor and a privilege to walk side by side with my husband as he battles Lyme disease, and to see him continue on in faith, steadfast, persevering. His faith inspires me, and in his life I see Jesus every day.
Dave is the kind of man who would give all his energy and then some to help someone. He has a true shepherd's heart, and even when he is feeling his worst he can't help but ask how a visitor is doing or if he can do something to make my day easier. Sadly his pastoral days were cut short, but I have always taken hope in Philippians 1:20:
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.Our lives are in God's hands, and Christ can be glorified in us no matter what that life looks like, when we keep looking to him.
Nearly one in two Americans have an invisible chronic illness, and nineteen million are disabled by one. They have no cane or wheel chair to let others know that something is wrong. Caregivers struggle right along with them and wonder, “Is there hope? Does God care about what we’re going through? What does God promise us?”
He does care, and there is hope. No matter what the shape of our lives, they have value and God can be glorified in us. The most valuable thing in all of heaven, the blood of Christ, was given for us so that we could know him. No illness or tragedy or unexpected life circumstance can change the value God has placed on us or the intimacy he seeks with us.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
~ Ephesians 1:18-19