Wilderness Blessings

There are times in the Christian life when we walk through a wilderness experience. God’s voice seems far away. We cannot turn back but have no clear vision for moving forward. The temptation to feel abandoned and despairing will be very real. This scenario in Genesis 16-21 describes how Hagar, Abraham and Sarah’s servant girl…

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Cancer Treatments: Devil or Deliverer?

In December 2014, the CBS video news magazine 60 Minutes presented a story about fighting cancer. They spotlighted Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, an innovator who has invested billions of his own fortune into the research and development of new protocols and drugs to beat the disease. Shiong is so confident there is a pathway to a…

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How to Have a Happy Heart and a Healthy Life

Studies show that happy people are healthier and live longer. It comes as no surprise: It is well documented that mental and emotional stress suppresses our immune system, and weakened immune system cannot adequately protect the body from disease. Though life can be full of challenges, loss and even pain, one of the ways we…

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Strategies and Superfoods to Help Fight Cancer

Rebuilding our immune system is one of the most important strategies in our battle to help defeat cancer and protect against a recurrence. Eight ways to help achieve this goal include: Eating only clean, fresh organic foods Making 80% of meals from fresh, organic veggies and 20% from organic protein Consuming nutritient-rich supplements Doing a…

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Cancer: The Unexpected Adventure

Let’s face it: the words “cancer” and “adventure” hardly belong in the same sentence, but, after what we experienced with my husband’s cancer, they just might. My husband’s particular type of bladder cancer would not respond to chemotherapy. Though terrifying at first, this “obstacle” turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it forced…

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Keeping the Right Perspective with Cancer

When a diagnosis like cancer strikes, it’s easy to crumble and ask “God, why are you doing this?” The temptation to blame God and doubt His goodness at a time like this is very real. While these thoughts and feelings might be a human reaction, allowing anger and bitterness to grip our hearts are as destructive…

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The God Who Sees You and Me

Someone recently posted on my Facebook page: “I have been alone all my life. Since I have been alone, the only tribe I have is Jesus. He is there for me when no one else is.” While the loneliness in this comment is piercing, there is also much truth in it. We all know what…

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My Private Times With God

When the Lord wants to get my attention, he wakes me up at 4:32 in the morning. Not 4:30 or 4:45 or 5 a.m., but 4:32 exactly. It’s like a special signal I’ve come to recognize because it’s so unique. I’ll be in a deep sleep, but my eyes will suddenly fly open, I’ll be…

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The Promise of Breakthrough

Planning, shaping, pressing in, waiting, and holding firm to a vision can be hard, even exhausting, as the weeks turn into months, and months into years. Think of Sarah and Abraham who had to wait 25 years for the promise of a son to be fulfilled. When my husband had cancer and was undergoing treatments,…

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