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The woman, seeing that she could not go
unnoticed, came trembling
and fell at his feet.
Luke 8:47
She didn’t want to be noticed … She didn’t want anyone to see her shame or to know her pain.
He wanted to give her the gift of being noticed.
He wanted to take away her shame and to heal her pain.
Jesus wants you to know that he notices you …
He wants to remove all your shame and wants to heal all your pain.
Will we now notice others in their pain?
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34
To read the story click here:
Dedicated to Missy Gaw who inspired this post

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no more pain

Why is my pain unending and
my wound grievous and incurable?
Jeremiah 15:18
My heart is heavy because of the intense chronic headache pain of a new friend and the emotional pain of an old friend.  The pain of my friends, my daily pain, plus the suffering in the world often feels overwhelming.  It gives me hope to remember that “there will come a day, no more tears, no more pain, no more fears” (Jeremy Camp).  When our pain feels unending we can know that there will be an end to our pain.

This day is an actual day that will occur.  It is not some far-off dream, but a reality and one we can look forward to like we would a wedding or a birth.  For important days there are preparations and anticipation. Let’s prepare for and anticipate the day that we will be free from pain.  God will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain (based on Revelation 21:4).

“If you are hurting today, take heart. Every day you are one day closer to the other side of your pain.”  Chrystie Cole 

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create ….”  Isaiah 65:1

To hear Jeremy Camp’s song There Will be a Day click here. 

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overflow with hope

May the God of Hope
Fill you with all joy and peace …
So that you may overflow with Hope.
Romans 15:13
When I find something that truly helps someone who has overcome horrific physical and emotional pain, I pay attention.  My friend Christine gave me the book The Allure of Hope for my 40th birthday.  This book helped her tremendously after she was burned in a grease fire.          (You can read about her story by clicking here.)
In the book The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers Proett clearly shows how hope is not a passive concept, but an active, life-changing reality.  This book touched my heart by giving words to how it feels when I am “jolted by life’s suffering.”  Seeing hope as a radical way of responding to life, rather than a mere desire for something good to happen, helps me to coexist with pain.  When you live with pain on a daily basis, it is hard to have hope, but it is possible.  This book invites you to do the courageous — and glorious work — of hoping.
Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts.  Romans 5:5

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You are a shield around me, O Lord;
You lift up my head.
Psalm 3:3



In the book To Be Told, Dan Allender, Ph.D., encourages his readers to share their life stories.  In some of my favorite quotes from the book, he says,

We will never come to embrace the heartache of our story until we see it profit another human being.  Even then the sorrow doesn’t leave, but seeing someone benefit from our pain adds hope to that pain, and our gratitude begins to transform the past.”

“It is nearly impossible to feel someone’s pain if we do not know that person’s story.”

After reading this book, I realized that I want to share my story with you.  I have not had a day or a moment without a headache in eighteen years.  The last day I can remember not having a headache was my wedding day, May 25, 1991.  I probably had a few days that summer without a headache, but I didn’t know then to treasure those pain-free times.  Since the winter of 1992, I have felt an incessant headache, all day and all night.  Fatigue constantly accompanies these headaches, and I have had to learn to live with both. 

Over the years, I have had many diagnoses; however, the words we use to define ourselves are powerful and should be chosen carefully.  I do not want any diagnosis to define who I am; God defines who I am.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey, and if you are interested in more details, they can be found in the comments section below.  I am thankful that I have found true joy that is larger than my pain.   

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 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Romans 8:35
Dedicated to those who risk their lives to follow Jesus.
“Place your ear against the chest of the Savior so that when troubled times come and you don’t know what will befall you, you can hear the steady pulse of Christ’s boundless love.”  (paraphrase of a quote by Beth Moore)
Who shall separate you from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness of danger or sword?  For Jesus’ sake you face death all day long; you are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.  In all these things you are more than conquerors.  (based on Romans 8:35-37)
“There are more important things than staying alive.  Jesus’ followers must love him more than their own lives.”  (Randy Alcorn, Safely Home)
To help persecuted Believers, contact Open Doors, Voice of the Martyrs-Canada, or Voice of the Martyrs-USA.

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