The Grief Walk

Originally posted on u.b.healthy:
As a nurse, I experience many emotions with families that cross my path. The spectrum involved in one day can sometimes be dizzying and is often exhausting. The powerful emotions surrounding loss can easily overwhelm even the most veteran nurses when tragic loss arrives during a “normal” work day, unannounced…

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Incredibly insightful and hilarious observations about recovery from major surgery.

In the hospital: Make sure and have someone take a picture of you immediately after surgery while you’re still pain-free from that marvelous anesthesia and you haven’t seen the hospital food yet. You won’t look that good again for weeks. (RANT: By the way, why don’t they give you that anesthesia for pain when you’re…

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Why I Love the Bible

When God’s voice is muffled by pain and fear and I cannot discern what He is saying, God’s Word speaks brightly with clear and unmistakable hope and peace. When the world is frantically whirling about and news reporters “interpret” the news more than report it, God’s Word is my sanctuary of truth, honesty, and peace.…

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Joy Unspeakable

Originally posted on Along the Narrow Path:
I think when most people hear the word “joy” they think of those moments when we are, as Elizabeth Bennet so beautifully puts it in the movie “Pride and Prejudice”, incandescently happy. Joy is happiness that wells up and spills over. Those celebration moments that we’ll remember forever,…

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Till Death Do Us Part

Originally posted on u.b.healthy:
 This life is wonderful and difficult.  Along the journey we will most likely experience mountain-top highs and deep valley lows.  We will enjoy times of joy and contentment and times of grief and pain.  We will bound through exciting times and yawn our way through tedious times.   Knowing this truth…

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You Matter to God

Does God really care about all of the details of your life? After all, our world’s population is increasing at 80 million per year! The headlines scream about refugees, wars, terrorism, hunger, and that we’re running out of clean water. With so many big things for God to take care of, how can he possibly…

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The Most Beautiful Things

Beauty overflows our world. From the lush, sun-dappled rain forests to the moon-swept deserts, the earth surrounds us with astonishing beauty. Magnificent animals, exotic birds, and, above all, people are everywhere. In this exquisite world  people create, and have created, magnificent things that inspire us. What would you say are the most beautiful things? I was…

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Manage Your Self-Talk

What is self-talk? Everybody does it, consciously or unconsciously. Unconscious self-talk is often destructive; but conscious self-talk can lift your faith, keep you on an exercise program, and help you overcome bad habits and even lighten depression. Positive or negative? I was a first-grader. It was the Big Day, Field Day: Races, pennants outlining the…

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