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Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival – #2

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Welcome to our second issue of Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival. What is something you miss since you have had your chronic illness/pain? How have you been able to adjust and accept the fact you can no longer do “it”? What new hobbies or activities have you found you enjoy that somewhat replace what you lost? What has your family missed concerning your illness and how have you found a way to change the way you do things so you can still participate in family activities?

We are excited to introduce you to some wonderfully gifted writers and hope that they encourage you on this chronic illness journey. Our month carnival highlights the best articles from many blogs that we have visited, and we’ve gathered them together for your encouragement.

If you’re interested in submitting an article from your own blog the instructions are at the end. We also appreciate you sharing this post with your friends at Twitter, Facebook, social bookmarking, wherever. We are excited to reach as many people as possible with the Good News.


Lisa & Michele

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carnival05_01aWho of us haven’t thought I’d Rather Laugh Than Cry? These are the sentiments of Michele at Beelieve You Can! Michele’s Morsels.


carnival05-01In her post, My Loss, My Salvation, Kim Franz shares that through her loss of health due to her chronic illnesses she found the real meaning of life and gained something more valuable – salvation through Jesus Christ. Kim’s shares her heart, struggles, and most of all her growing in grace relationship with her precious Savior on her encouraging blog, Humbled.


carnival05-02As a young married couple, David and Ashley share that they have lost their youth, money, pride, self-reliance and ability to have children due to his psoriatic arthritis. Through Ashley’s blog, A Young Wife’s Tale, she share what they found was the love of burden bearers such as family and friends who have blessed them through their willingness to assist them with their needs.


carnival05-03Wonder where the ‘old’ you went? Are you comfortable with the ‘new’ you? In Joy’s Journey to Wellness, the author shares her special journey to wellness which is “one day, one step, one choice at a time.” As she shares in her very first entry, “I will gain control of my life through God. The presence of pain or sickness does not have to mean it is the landlord, the owner or the manager of my “building.” Share with the author of the post “Finding Myself” as she travels the journey to wellness.


carnival05-04Cyndi from God Nuggets shares an old, yet thought provoking journal entry regarding times of loss. She suggests that maybe God doesn’t want us to have the answers. Perhaps instead He wants us to rest in the questions and find Him there.


carnival05-05Living with a chronic illness or as Deni Weber prefers to call it, chronic challenges, provides many opportunities to examine the way one views the world. While there are many losses that are part of a chronic illness, there are gains to be had if one looks for them. Walk along side Deni as she takes a look at one of her favorite Scriptures about the losses we face and how we can choose to look at them – through God’s eyes in her post, Loss or Gain?


carnival05-06In her post, Faith is All I Really Have, the author from Just Me shares with us how through loss of certain abilities due to her illness she found renewed faith through the realization that God accepts her by grace, not by her works. God knows just want she can and cannot do and accepts her unconditionally.


carnival05-07Kathy Carlton Willis brings some thought provoking questions in her post, Pain Breeds Creativity. One of those questions is: Do the trials CAUSE us to want to write, or do we write in spite of the issues we face? Kathy challenges us to write loud and clear through our pain or healing, but always through the growth that has first occurred in us.


carnival05-08Shawn Ellis has a cherished wife who has battled “invisible” chronic illnesses for years. On his blog, Peace in the Storm, Shawn shares a simple message from the book of James that in the face of trouble, there is always–as his post names says —an opportunity for joy.


carnival05-09In her blog, Fly With Hope, Kelly Wahle shares before chronic illness she was performance driven. After her Migraine disease started to debilitate her, Kelly lost her self worth. Read how through her counselor she found that her self- worth is not in “doing” but “in Christ”.


carnival05-10Empty spaces — we all have them in our lives. What do we do with them? Do they have a purpose? What can they give us? Learn how to make peace with the in-between times of emptiness created by illness and the seasons of life. Read “The Empty Spaces” at Lisa notes.


carnival05-11Before Kerri got sick, she, like most people, thought of loss as in losing an object or losing someone through death. Never could she imagine the other things she would lose to her myasthenia gravis. Check out “Loss Comes in Many Forms” on her blog “Living with Chronic Illness.”


carnival05-12Lauren from ‘chronic fatigue syndrome – the road to recovery blog’ wrestles with certain issues and questions most of us with chronic illness have been forced to deal with at one time or another. Such as questions from well meaning family and friends like: “How are you Coping?” Lauren asks us to examine our answer and what would be the real answer if God was asking the question? See how Lauren has answered this question in her post titled, “How are you Coping?”


carnival05-13In her post titled Given a Thorn, Jenni Saake compares how a trivial thing like a thorn in her flesh may seem so small to compare to a chronic illness, but she has learn to accept the “thorn” of chronic illness and has learned to work around the negatives and accept that God is God and she is not. She shares how she has accepted that God is in control and knows best for her life.


carnival05-14Joy Goff shares her Journey to Wellness on her blog. In her post titled The Grieving Process (your lost health), Joy discusses what she believes most people go through when they begin to experience long-term illness/pain. She shares her experience with loss, grief over her lost health and how she is able to cope with this loss and move on with God’s help.


carnival05-15If you have ever found yourself feeling angry and can’t understand why, or even do not want to accept your chronic illness and its limitations, Debbie McLaren’s post titled, Chronic Illness & Loss, shares her journey of acceptance and spiritual healing from the help of the source of her strength, God.


The next Christians with Chronic Illness
Blog Carnival will be June 15th, 2009. (It will always be he 15th)

Deadline for submissions: June 5, 2009 (It will always be the 5th)

Send in your submissions here.

Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival – #1

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Welcome to our first issue of Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival. We are excited to introduce you to some wonderfully gifted writers and hope that they encourage you on this chronic illness journey. Our month carnival highlights the best articles from many blogs that we have visited, and we’ve gathered them together for your encouragement.

If you’re interested in submitting an article from your own blog the instructions are at the end. We also appreciate you sharing this post with your friends at Twitter, Facebook, social bookmarking, wherever. We are excited to reach as many people as possible with the Good News.


Lisa & Michele

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Living with Chronic Illness has a post called “Surprises!”  Sometimes life hands us surprises; sometimes good, sometimes bad. Sometimes, a little bit of both. God gives us things to deal with that we don’t always want. If you need someone to relate to, something to read about to know you’re not alone, check out “Surprises” by Kerri Sweeris in her blog Living with Chronic Illness.


pray_handsAt times do you feel like God has taken you “out of the game” due to your chronic pain/illness? The blog The Fear of the Lord is The Beginning of Wisdom writes about The Power of Prayer. The reality is, God allows our suffering to put us in the position where we will be most fruitful for His kingdom. You may be on the front lines and not even know it!


Even when faced with a rare chronic disease, Kristen Reyna shares the surprise of refreshing hope in her blog CIDP and Me with her post, “Surprise!”


spring_cookies_407Have you ever been surprised by something you actually knew would happen? We are told to expect the unexpected, but what happens when the expected, unexpectedly surprises us? Read Deni Weber’s blog post at her blog Recent RamblingsSpringtime Surprises” and see how God’s promises to us for our future with Him, can be seen in the simple little snowdrop flower of spring.


For anyone who is amidst a struggle in their own life, be sure to read “Dancing With the Star” by Jennifer Whisenant on her blog Chosen. Jennifer explains what she learned about the nature of God after struggling to try to make things better on her own. Turn up your volume because the post also includes great worship music from David Crowder.


God’s surprises come in all shapes and sizes. Read “Surprise!” to find out how even uncomfortable questions about faith and healing can be turned around with simple childlike faith and the help of a cardboard cricket. Read Jennifer’s Blog Hope Harvester.


fragile1To most people, strength is beauty and weakness repulsive… But God is attracted to weakness. Read about being Fantastically Fragile at God Nuggets Blog by Cyndi.


Did you ever think it possible you would find your illness to include a well hidden gift within? Amy Kiel who has the blog Una Vita Bella found a sweet surprise or two while living with chronic pain and adapting to her new life. See what God surprised her with “In the Nook of Chronic Pain”.


beeChronic illness has brought many surprises to Michele’s life as well as to her family; but the best surprise of all has been how the Lord brought her from the depth of despair as a very bitter woman to become a joyful, more mellow, thankful, loving, faithful, wife, mother, grandmother, child of a gracious merciful God! Michele’s blog, Michele’s Morsels – Beelieve You Can is one that everyone can relate to and is encouraging, informative and quite humorous at times. She writes Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!


shovel_in_a_heap_of_dirtFaith and limitations may not seem to go hand in hand, but if you’ve ever struggled with how you can be used of God with your limitations, come read at Laura’s blog, Sojourner Soliloquy; she is someone who understands and seeks to allow God to be strong in her weaknesses. She writes about being “Buried.”


If you feel like your life is boring because of your illness, see how God surprised Debbie from Debbie’s Doodlings with a holiday on a tropical island which included my sister’s wedding in her post Rarotonga Trip.


journalIn Joy’s Journey to Wellness she shares her personal journal describing her “journey to wellness.” It’s a private journal that she has decided to share in hopes that her thoughts, struggles and accomplishments can help, inspire and give validation to the issues others face as well on their journey to wellness, peace or sound mind.


crackerjacksGod has planted surprises for us in each day. The more we expect to see them, the more we’ll find. Check out “The Cracker Jack of Pain – A Surprise in Every Body” by Lisa Burgess in her blog Lisa Notes. Many new things await us if we live with open eyes. Expect the unexpected!

Special thanks to all of our contributors for sharing their writing

gifts and also their vulnerability.


The next Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival

will be May 15th, 2009. (It will always be he 15th)

Deadline for submissions: May 5, 2009 (It will always be the 5th)

Send in your submissions here.