My mother was adamant. “You’ve started to wrap your whole identity up in, ‘I’m sick. I can’t do that.’ That’s not healthy!” Her words shocked me: because they were true. I was sick. There were many things I couldn’t do. But it had become my identity. It’s not as if I wasn’t actually ill. This week I… Read More Don’t Let Your Struggles Define You
“But you’re too young to be sick!” That’s the most common reaction I get when I try to explain my illness. Youth is a synonym for vibrant health. So what happens when a young person is attacked by long term illness? It’s isolating and difficult. They need support but most people just don’t get it.… Read More New Book For Chronically Ill Teens (Blog Tour Interview With Author)
After posting pretty regularly every Tuesday, what happened to me? I said I would post a followup to “Moving Beyond Grief,” but I never did. (I have a draft written but honestly it feels so shallow.) I feel pretty bad about neglecting the Wild Rose Journal, and I decided you deserve to know what’s happening.… Read More What Happened To Me? (It’s Good News)
was it forlornity i saw in your skittish cat eyes? maybe beyond your whiskers there was sadness that matched mine is it lovelornity i see in your smiling cat eyes? maybe in your pretty white paws there is happiness that matches mine
Arizona was a desert place for me, both literally and figuratively. I struggled to see any beauty, and though I did intentionally look for glory, I still hate the drab place. (All due respects to those who enjoy looking at endless miles of scrub brush.)… Read More Moving Beyond Grief: Wonder In The Wilderness (Part One)
“Could God really love me enough to die for me? I’m so unworthy.” I was sixteen years old and acutely aware of my own sinfulness. I’d grown up knowing that I was a sinner saved by grace, but somehow that year I wondered. How could God possibly love me? How could He want to die… Read More Does God Love Me When He’s Distant?
The best is yet to come. These words have stayed with me throughout my life, ringing in my ears whenever I think about suffering, especially long suffering. I’ve never really liked the verse about “light momentary affliction.” It seemed like Paul was making fun of our trials, saying that they weren’t really all that bad.… Read More Enduring Long Suffering (In Light Of Eternity)
I am so excited to present the last of four Letters Of Hope. Each Letter is a dose of encouragement from someone who has struggled before. Cara Alexandra uses her experience with the horrors of dementia to remind us we won’t be left behind forever. To the one left behind, I recognise how hard this… Read More To The One Left Behind
I am so excited to present the third of four Letters Of Hope. Each Letter is a dose of encouragement from someone who has struggled before. Sara Willoughby reminds us that God is with us in the lonely desert. To the one who feels alone- I don’t know exactly what you’re going through right now,… Read More Alone In The Desert
If the God of the universe grieved, and indeed still grieves for us, then who are we to say it’s not okay to grieve?
Let Jesus hold you in His arms and give you hope. Hope that it won’t always be like this. Hope because He is healing your heart, even if you can’t see it. Hope because He loves you. Hope because He understands. Hope because He is with you.… Read More It’s Okay To Grieve