Have you ever been so grievously troubled you were at a loss for words? Whether that trouble be an anxiety attack, the loss of a friend or family member, or depression so debilitating you felt you couldn't get out of bed, sometimes our afflictions are so agonizing they leave us speechless. Let me tell you a … Continue reading When The Pain Is Too Great For Words
Coming from someone who has lived in chronic pain in my back, hips and legs for over 30 years, and have endured two back surgeries, along with all the emotional baggage which accompanies constant affliction (like anger and depression), the question of why some are healed and some are not has haunted me. When people say … Continue reading Why Hasn’t God Healed Me?
When life really stinks, it's easy to focus all our attention on the shadows, instead of trying to find the light. Oh, we'll seek that elusive crack of light when the door first closes, but after a while, some of us just fall into the corner, shut our teary eyes and resolve ourselves to the worst. Do … Continue reading When Things Look Especially Icky (or, “Days of Discouragement & Determination”)
What if your afflictions have been afforded you to not only fortify your character, but also that you would encourage others in their suffering? I know from personal experience, chronic physical and emotional pain can make you cold, hard, angry and depressed. It pushes your mind, spirit (that is, your attitude and emotions), and seemingly … Continue reading Turning Your Burden Into A Blessing
I recall once when my (now 18-year-old) son, Trey, was maybe seven or eight, and some old man at Barnes & Noble popped off to him. Trey came to me in tears, telling me what happened, as my blood pressure spiked. I stormed over to the man, who had a couple magazines set aside for himself. I picked … Continue reading You Don’t Mess With God’s Family, Jack
Tomorrow is "Good Friday." I always found the "good" part a bit ironic, considering the fact that we're basically commemorating the illegal conviction, torture and murder of the only perfect Man to ever walk the earth (Jesus). According to an article on http://www.christianity.com, "in German...the day is called Karfreitag, or 'Sorrowful Friday.'" (http://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html). That seems … Continue reading From Wretched Friday To Resurrection Sunday
I recognize the fact that horrific events are transpiring every hour of every day, all over world. In the darkest corners of the Earth, evil reveals itself in the form of the abuse, exploitation, torture and murder of the innocents. It sickens me to my core, as it does you, I’m sure, but I’d like … Continue reading The Malevolent & The Magnificent
Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written, but as my last blog stated, I’m at the beginning stages of writing a book. That being said, I have still reserved myself the right to blog when I feel so inclined, as evidenced by the following… While going through the torture that is their training, I … Continue reading Pain & Suffering Does A Warrior Make