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Who’s Afraid of A Double Mastectomy?

Virginia Woolf famously wrote, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

If she is to recover from a double mastectomy and reconstruction, the list gets a bit longer. Money (or insurance or a really good payment plan), a room of her own, a recliner, blackout curtains, painkillers, a crocheted blanket, a Bible, a noise machine, a lap dog, squishy pillows, dry shampoo, hand sanitizer, child care, bone broth, an escape hatch…

I mean, just based on my experience.  Continue reading “Who’s Afraid of A Double Mastectomy?”

A helpful way to think about grace:

The law says, “do this,” and it is never done. Grace says, “believe in this,” and everything is already done.

– Martin Luther

Teach Me to Number My Days (and Ditch the Impulse Buy)

Guys. Post-surgery rest, the Internet, and a tendency to brood are a bad combo. I was warned about this, but unwisely, voluntarily, boarded the Breast Cancer Worry Roller Coaster last week. Face-palm. Face-palm. Face-palm.

Here’s the good news: I’ve exited to the right of the ride, the surgery on January 31* was successful, and I think I’ve learned (or re-learned) a few things. I pray that if you read this, you will be encouraged rather than discouraged. Continue reading “Teach Me to Number My Days (and Ditch the Impulse Buy)”

Neighbors Loving Neighbors

Immigration and the plight of the refugee has been in the news constantly over the past week, thanks to care and confusion over President Trump’s executive order concerning extreme vetting. Admittedly, I have not done my due diligence to understand all of the ins and outs. (And really, we should all do our fact-checking.) I am still on the hunt for even-handed coverage.

But, I know this: Continue reading “Neighbors Loving Neighbors”

A Prayer for Lightheartedness

Lord willing, the surgery part of my cancer treatment begins tomorrow. Sometimes plans change, but surgery is what we are packing (and stress-eating) for. Continue reading “A Prayer for Lightheartedness”

All of the Lights

Exodus 13:21-22: By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. 

I find this image incredibly comforting.  Continue reading “All of the Lights”

God’s Highway: The Latest on Our Treatment Journey

A few weeks ago my dear friend Rebecca recommended the new album by Sandra McCracken, called God’s Highway. When I did a quick Google search to learn more about it, the first result I clicked on was this video where Sandra tells a story about the title track. Here is what I heard: Continue reading “God’s Highway: The Latest on Our Treatment Journey”

Helpful Teaching on Galatians 5:1-5

I’ve been thinking a lot about Galatians 5:1, which says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

I’m reading and re-reading this message I found about the passage: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/for-freedom-christ-has-set-us-free

The key to freedom is whether we have to do the work ourselves to escape punishment, or whether our Father comes down to be with us and help us.

Praise Party Playlist

I’ve put together a playlist for you–for your early mornings, your commute, your bad days. Your good days. Your best days. It’s mostly gospel with a touch of hip-hop. And actually, I can’t take credit for it.

Continue reading “Praise Party Playlist”

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