When your season of healing is longer and more painful then you ever imagined, read this

5:30 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

Addie Zierman quote on healing
I won’t be posting a devotional every Monday and Thursday while we’re travelling but from time-to-time (if you’re a subscriber) you will find a post like this one with a few posts that I’ve loved reading and sharing on twitter over the last few months. I'm expecting to be back to sharing new devotionals from 19 October. 

I thought this blogging break would be a good opportunity to share some of the posts I’ve been loving over the last few months and maybe introduce you to a few new writers and bloggers at the same time. Until I get back I won't be posting with my regular Monday and Thursday rhythm but you can expect a mail with a few links to things I've been enjoying reading every now and again. 

Here are a few good reads about healing, wholeness and finding hope in suffering because sometimes healing takes longer and is more painful then we ever imagined. So here is some hope for the times when you feel like you’re falling to pieces:

Why the season you’re in is so complicated by Margaret Feinberg // Because Margaret has been there. She’s had cancer, and fought back with joy, so when she speaks about healing, it’s worth taking notice.

A dirt path and the beginning of hope by Bethany Suckrow // Because a season of healing doesn’t rarely means keeping up appearances. 

All Our Crooked, Half-Healed Places by Addie Zierman // Because we can do some healing alone, but not all of it. 

Jeremiah 29:11 Doesn’t Mean What You Think by Mary DeMuth //
Because God does have good plans for you and sometimes it’s hard to remember that thriving in difficulties is part of that.


When you have hidden hollow places by Amber Haines // Because Amber writes beautiful truth for all of us who have hidden hollow places (isn't that all of us?)
Trigger warning: This post deals with abortion. 

The truth that could make all the difference for you today by Jennifer Dukes Lee // Because Jesus wept. He didn’t just cry. He wept. 

The God of Lost Things by Alia Joy // Because Hope is hard.

One more push by Alise Chaffins // Because one day we will all be held by the one who made us.
Trigger warning: This post deals with baby loss. 

The Value Of Suffering (Part 2, 3, And 4) by Erika Morrison // Because even though I don’t understand it, pain is part of the point and plan by which we are healed, saved and continuously made right. And Erika helps me understand that.

If you’ve read anything that you’ve loved (or written something) you think I or my reader would enjoy please share a link in the comments and I'll take a look when I get back. 

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3 words of encouragement for anyone going through a storm

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Catherine Gale quote about storms
I’m taking a bit of hiatus from posting devotionals for the next month or so while I travel a bit for work and fun. I'm expecting to be back to sharing new devotionals from 19 October. 

I thought this blogging break would be a good opportunity to share some of the posts I’ve been loving over the last few months and maybe introduce you to a few new writers and bloggers at the same time.

Here are a few good reads about making it through the storms of life

Silver linings: meeting God in the pain by Catherine Gale // Because Cat reminded me that Jesus meets us in our storm in a way he cannot when seas are smooth.

When You’re Going Through a Storm by Jennifer Dukes Lee // Because, well, it’s Jennifer Dukes Lee. And because her words tell me that storms do not have to destroy us. And I think that is worth sharing. 

When you’re unexpecting by Sandra Heska King // Because God specializes in the unexpected.

If you’ve read anything that you’ve loved (or written something) about God taking you through a painful time please share a link in the comments. 

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How I knew it was time to stop trying to be awesome

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I realised the other day that I was trying to hard to be awesome. 

And that I was so busy trying to be awesome that I’d forgotten to be wise. 

I had this moment of insight thanks Crystal Paine who wrote this wonderful blog post, Why I’m going to stop trying to be awesome

You see my husband and I are heading off for an extended period of travel (a mixture of work and pleasure) and I’ve pushing myself to schedule 10 posts while I’m away. This is of course on top of all the other last minute travel things I'm trying to get done. 

Then I read Crystal Paine’s post and this quote from Jen Hatmaker stopped me cold:  
“We need to quit trying to be awesome, and instead be wise.”

So this is my attempt to be wise instead of awesome.  

I won’t be posting a devotional every Monday and Thursday while we’re travelling but from time-to-time (if you’re a subscriber) you will find a post like this one with a few posts that I’ve loved reading and sharing on twitter over the last few months. 

My thought is that this blogging break for me could be a good opportunity to share some of the posts I’ve been loving over the last few months with you. And maybe even introduce you to a few new writers and bloggers at the same time.

I should be back to my normal blogging routine from 22 October. It might even resume earlier depending on how long I take to recover from jetlag. 

In the meantime here are a few good reads for anyone who wishes they were the one getting on a plane and going somewhere (anywhere) else. 

Packing my bags when I need to stay by Renee Fisher // Because decades may pass while we wait on the Lord. And we’re not alone in feeling stuck.

Heresick by Sarah Thebarge // Because sometimes we all need a made-up word to describe how we feel when God asks us to stay in painful places. Sarah calls it Heresick.

When Your Pants and Your Life Don’t Fit by Abby Norman // Because sometimes we all need permission to grow out of things and to change in ways we never thought we would.

Rest as transformation by Rebecca Laramée // Because there will be days (okay, maybe months) when you’ll need to give yourself permission to rest.

If you’ve read anything that you’ve loved (or written something) you think I would enjoy please share a link in the comments and I'll take a look when I get back. 

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When you are weighed, measured, and found wanting

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For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Romans 3:23 (MSG)

This week, someone I admire forgot something important. They asked me to step in and help them out. I was happy too. This person always seems to have it all together. When they messaged me for help I thought, “Wow, they also make mistakes from time to time.”

It is so easy to do that, isn’t it? To believe that someone is better than you or even that you are better than someone else. 

It's a horrible thing to admit but I like it when other people do worse than me at things.

When someone else fails at something I'm good at I often gloat. Rarely, do I gloat to their face, but often I’ll tell my husband how I did better than someone else at something. 

I often forget that we are all human, that we are all made from the same earth. 

There is a bible verse in Romans I’ve been thinking about since I was requested to help out earlier this week: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

I often associate this verse with angry turn-or-burn rhetoric: “enter the Kingdom of God now or live all your days in fear of God who is out to get you in hell for eternity.”

I’ve been thinking that maybe “For all have sinned” isn't meant to be a declaration to hold over the heads of those we think are sinners but as a reminder that we're all the same.

Perhaps Romans 3:23 should be viewed as an invitation to let our neighbour who (often) loves us as poorly as we love ourselves off the hook.

We have all disappointed God.
We are all desperately in need of Grace.
From God.
From others.
From ourselves. 

What if we read Romans 3:23 as a reminder that we are all human and in need of Jesus to set things right for all of us?

God breathed life into each of us.
Jesus gave life to each of us on the cross. 
All have sinned but all are loved by God(tweet this)

And then, what if I took this attitude and lived it in my relationships, if instead of thinking of others as better or worse than me, I thought of them as someone in need of Grace, mercy and kindness? 

It is so easy for me to feel “less than” or “more than” when God has only asked me to “love”. (tweet this)

Ponder: What if we read Romans 3:23 as a reminder that we are all human and in need of Jesus to set things right for all of us? How would that change things for you?

Prayer: God, help me to remember that we are all human and all equally loved by you. 

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How to pray when you are anxious

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I am my beloved’s, And his desire is for me.
Song of Solomon 7:10 (NASB)

When I first read about this prayer in in a book by Brennan Manning called “The Furious Longing of God” I thought it sounds too simple but I’ll try it anyway. 

I can’t remember the exact words Manning wrote but I remember reading something along the lines of, 'if you pray this prayer every day for one month it will change you.'

This prayer has changed me.

(I’m not going to go into the background of the prayer but if you’re interested you can read that in my previous post, When you feel unloved by God, try this)

This 5 word prayer has become my "go-to" prayer anytime I feel anxious.

Driving to the oncologist to get scan results: Abba, I belong to you.

Waking in the middle of the night with concerns about work or finances: Abba, I belong to you.

Worrying over a relationship that is struggling to work: Abba, I belong to you.

Praying for a friend: Abba, [insert name of friend] belongs to you.

As I pray it I find myself remembering who God is:
Big, mighty, good, merciful, loving, Abba.

As I pray it I find myself surrendering to who God is:
In control, infinite, beyond comprehension, seeking my good.

As I pray it I find myself believing who I am: 
Human, living in forgiveness, valuable, beloved, desired by God.

Ponder: Are you willing to try praying this prayer everyday for a month and see if it helps your anxiety? 

Prayer: I exhale and inhale when I pray it like Brennan Manning suggested, but I’ve found my own rhythm: 
Inhale: Abba
Exhale: I belong
Inhale: to 
Exhale: you

I find the combination of breathing and words calm me. This makes sense to me because none of us are only physical or only spiritual. We are both, so why not use both to find peace when I'm anxious?

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One surprising thing I often forget to do in the good times

3:43 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

Give thanks to God—he is good
    and his love never quits. 1 Chronicles 16:34

A few hours before we were to see the doctor to get Xylon’s results of his scan I could feel the tension building in me. 

I thought about all the previous meetings, about the last scare we had. I thought about how so many meetings with doctors have ended in hearing words I never want to hear uttered again.

As we walked in to see the Doctor she laughed apologetically and said, “This would be the day I forget my glasses. I’m having to squint to see what is written on the scan results and compare measurements.”

Then she told us, “But it’s all good. The measurements are all the same or decreasing. The areas we biopsied last time are still visible but we know those are reactive cells.”

I think she said something else but I wasn’t really listening. I was letting it sink in that Xylon is in remission. 

I’m learning to give thanks to God even when I’m confused about why and who God heals

I’m learning to thank God when something really cool happens like having a bible with 5 devotionals I wrote get delivered to my doorstep by Zondervan. 

And I’m stopping and saying thank you for love that never quits when I see flowers opening after days of rain. 

Thank you God for a dog that wags his tail like mad when he sees me. 

Thanks God for food that nourishes me, for a roof that covers my head, for warm blankets, for…

Over the last few years I have learnt to say through the hard times that, God is good and his love never quits.(tweet this)

But now I'm learning that it is just as important to say “God is good and his love never quits” in the good times.

Ponder: What can you thank God for today?

Prayer: God, thank you for [name three things in your area of vision you can thank God for today].

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