Life during the past year had been the school of knocks for Karen. She had been slandered, betrayed, hurt, and seen loved ones pass away. Each time she thought she was getting back on her feet, another blow would come. The last one was when she heard that a good friend had believed lies about her and the relationship was adversely affected.Read More
I am just back from attending the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on the topic of suffering and sorrow. The timing of the conference was interesting in that one week ago I buried my 95-year-old father. The Lord was, of course, aware of the proximity of my dad’s death to the workshop I would teach at the conference. As many of you know, he had been suffering for the past few years from vascular dementia and was slowly going downhill. Since having double pneumonia in February,...Read More
“But what if it’s cancer? How will we deal with that? I don’t want to leave my husband and children alone!”
“But what if my car breaks down? I barely have enough money to cover my expenses! How will I get to work?
“But what if the pain gets worse? How will I cope with it? How will I function?”
Have you heard this phrase before? It means that if you can think positively—put a positive spin on your problem, it won’t be so hard. As you know if you’ve tried this, the effect can be good, but it is rarely a lasting one. You can “think positive” about something for a time, but reality usually dictates that when something is difficult, one’s thinking about it can’t stay positive for long.Read More
About 10 years ago, I began my journey with chronic pain. It started innocently enough, with knee pain from arthritis. Fast forward to now, I’ve had two failed knee replacements on the same leg, and I am still battling knee pain, along with a number of other sources of chronic pain that have arisen as a result.Read More
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