8 Lessons Scars Teach Us

8 Lessons Scars Teach Us

In this latest season of life, which I refer to as “the sacred journey,” I’ve learned eight lessons scars teach us. How do you react to the parts of you that you don’t like? The parts you hope others don’t ever see? The battle scars you remain left with?

Everyone has a scar of some kind. Some are visible on the outside of our physical body, while some are hidden, tucked away in our heart.

When we focus on Jesus, we see the lessons scars teach us. Read more here.

Practical Grace: How To Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer (Part 3)

Practical Grace: How To Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer (Part 3)

Scripture tells us that “they will know us by our love.” When a loved one goes through a trial, we have an opportunity to show them the love of Christ by being a present help and support.

When a friend, family member, or loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, it can be uncomfortable. Often people fear saying or doing the wrong thing.

What should you say? What should you do?

In part 3 of the Practical Grace series, I’m sharing what IS helpful to say and do when a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Read more for 18 tips for how to be a friend to someone with cancer.

Practical Grace: What Not To Say to Someone with Cancer (Part 2)

Practical Grace: What Not To Say to Someone with Cancer (Part 2)

In part 1 of “Practical Grace–How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer,” I shared my observations from a recent cancer treatment appointment and what I observed there with regard to people’s typical reactions to a friend with cancer. In that post, I shared how each of these responses correlated to the responses in the book of Job by his friends toward him when he experienced major tragedy. In part 2, of “Practical Grace—What Not to Say to Someone with Cancer” I’m sharing what isn’t helpful when a friend or loved one receives a cancer diagnosis. In part 3, we’ll consider what IS helpful to say when someone has cancer.

Read more for 5 Things Your Friend with Cancer Doesn’t Need for You to Say.

Practical Grace – How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer (Part 1)

Practical Grace – How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered what to say or what not to say to someone with cancer? In the three-part Practical Grace series, I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned through my experience as a caregiver for someone with cancer, and through my own personal battle.

No one likes nor wants a diagnosis of cancer. Just the word makes us uncomfortable. Worse, many are uncomfortable around those who have been given the diagnosis. You know people with this diagnosis right now.

In part one, I share how to not be a friend to someone with cancer using actual examples of conversations I’ve witnessed or been a part of.

This article is a continuation of a post made o Facebook in January that clearly demonstrated the need for further discussion.

Rejoice! You Are Not Alone! God is With You!

Rejoice! You Are Not Alone! God is With You!

Nobody wants to be the poster child for depression. But now that I have gone through that and am on the other side, I’m thankful for my experience. Truly thankful.

As a doctor, as a neuropsychologist, I was always filled with a lot of compassion and empathy for my patients. Now that I have journeyed through the dark night of my soul myself, I have even more compassion for others. Even more empathy. I can step into that place and say, “Me too.”

I really do get it. I really do understand. Now I have a much better appreciation for so many in the Bible who suffered. Not that my suffering was as great or as prolonged as theirs, but to read the stories of Jonah, and Elijah, and Job, and David. I have a better appreciation for what they went through.

Even in hard times, you can rejoice. How do you rejoice when times are hard? And, why is it good to do so?

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