Lyme Disease, Suffering with hope

Trust His Grace for Today

Pain comes with vengeance, no matter what's on the to do list or what plans were on the schedule. Whether it's physical, mental, or emotional, it can consume us, paralyze us, and rob us of all we expected life to be. Even if we have many other blessings, pain can taint reality and tempt us… Continue reading Trust His Grace for Today

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Sowing in Tears

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping,… Continue reading Sowing in Tears

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How can marriages thrive in the midst of suffering?

ERLC Q&A with Jeff and Sarah Walton BY JEFF WALTON, SARAH WALTON Editor’s Note: This Q&A is not intended to apply to marriages where abuse is present.  Will you tell us a little bit about the hardships your marriage has faced? Sure, I’ll (Jeff) do my best to condense the past 15 years. Less than… Continue reading How can marriages thrive in the midst of suffering?

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Do You Resent The Life God Gave You?

I sat in the restaurant booth across from my husband (pre-pandemic, of course), but I was distracted by the couple sitting nearby. As I watched them, smiling, enjoying their massive plate of gluten- and dairy-filled food, while my body ached and stomach churned, resentment began to rise in me. I bet they can eat whatever… Continue reading Do You Resent The Life God Gave You?

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Our Hope In Life and Marriage

Together Through the Storms CHAPTER 1 Our Hope in Life and Marriage I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and… Continue reading Our Hope In Life and Marriage

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Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Loves

I can’t live like this anymore!” I cried through sobs. “I just want to die!” I sat on my bed and tried to make sense of what was going on inside. I was tired of the chronic pain, the frequent bouts of illness, and the weariness of dealing with my kids’ struggles. But what broke… Continue reading Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Loves

Marriage, Suffering with hope, Together Through the Storms

An open letter to husbands of suffering wives

One flesh.  That’s what all Christian marriages are called to live out. And yet, whether it be everyday stressors or life altering trials, every marriage will face storms that will threaten that oneness. For Sarah and I, those storms have come in all shapes and sizes, but chronic illness is one that’s had a constant… Continue reading An open letter to husbands of suffering wives

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Beauty Out of Ashes

It took a young and naive 20 year old girl marrying a nearly 24 year old boy; it took 9 years of Jeff being on call 24/7; it took almost losing our firstborn at 7 weeks old; it took 13 years of a deeply painful and heartbreaking struggle with one of our children that continues… Continue reading Beauty Out of Ashes

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Help for Quarantined Marriages

We watched through the window as news cameras swarmed and helicopters hovered above our children’s school. What in the world could be going on?! Then the email hit our inbox: “Two families in school have been asked to quarantine themselves because of possible exposure to COVID-19.” Out of all of Illinois, our hospital, our town,… Continue reading Help for Quarantined Marriages

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Quarantine Isn’t My Greatest Problem

I picked up my creamer to add to my much needed cup of coffee, gave it a shake, and watched in slow motion as my creamer flew all over the kitchen. As the realization hit me that I had already unscrewed the cap, emotions erupted that were messier than the creamer itself. Like many others… Continue reading Quarantine Isn’t My Greatest Problem