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    No Pain No Gain

    When aerobic exercise gained prevalence in the 1980s, a frequent message was no pain, no gain.  Exercise gurus encouraged their participants to work past their burning muscles, believing that would translate into much greater results.   We now know that this exercise philosophy is not the healthiest for our bodies.  Putting that stress on our muscles can lead to long term damage and discomfort.  Yet there are still many who think that making great gains, in many facets of life, is only achieved by going the distance through pain. While not something that medical professionals advocate, there is, however, a semblance of truth in the – no pain no gain…

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    Peace

    Waiting is a challenging thing.  It is one thing to await a special event; it is quite the opposite process when time lingers before a challenging task or circumstance. The morning of my cancer surgery I struggle with what to do with my time.  I am not thrilled with my afternoon surgery appointment because I know that my mind will be racing in circles all morning, anticipating the events to come.  Trying to ignore my hunger pangs, as I hadn’t been allowed to eat for hours, I begin mindlessly surfing the internet to bide the time. Moments before I need to start the long drive to the hospital, an email…

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    Where Fear Treads

    Cancer.  It’s a word that strikes fear in even the strongest and heartiest of souls.  There are few people these days that haven’t had someone in their lives deal with this invasive disease.  No one wants or expects this diagnosis to be directed at them and it is extremely traumatic when the words are said – “You have cancer.” Just a few weeks ago I did something that has to rate as one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life – walk through the doors of my local cancer clinic.  As I struggled not to cry, I looked around at the multitude of people milling…

  • Hiding Out

    Did you ever play hide and seek?  I remember long summer nights where all the young people on our block would play that game for hours together until it was so dark we could barely see.  We never played in one specific yard but for quite a distance down our street.  It was always fun to see if I could find the perfect hiding spot where I could sit with great delight and watch the others valiantly try to find me. Nowadays we often find ourselves hiding out for a different reason.  The news reports are full of negative Covid stories:  a celebrity gets Covid after his own birthday party…

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    I am an early morning person and I love going out to my garden in the cool of that time of day.  I find each journey outside a new adventure.  At times it seems as if things have sprouted overnight and I marvel at the wonders of God’s creation. As I move about, the sights and sounds inundate my senses – the massive bird chorus, the pink sky of the dawn, the squirrels chattering, the trees gently rustling in the breeze, and so on.  I find my garden to place of peace and contemplation.  While the work in my 1/2 acre garden is considerable, it is a place where I…

  • Confidence

    It’s amazing how much God knows I need something, even when I am not quite sure of it myself. But our God is a loving Heavenly Father who gently reminds me of what I require to regain healthiness and wholeness. I can’t recount the number of times that I have come across a Scripture passage in an unusual place – like a sticky note tacked inside a notebook or in a piece of Christian fiction I am reading – only to find it absolutely applicable to what I am facing today. And so it was this morning. Last summer, discouraged about diminishing job prospects, I filled a notebook with Bible…