JoJoisms

Stress isn’t the same as unbelief

This week, I had planned to share how God is leading me out of a very dark place, but something came up that I felt lead to address. When a Christian reveals that she is stressed, some of her Christian friends will try to console her by saying to just have faith-as if belief in God will […]

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Wearing my smile like a mask and my joy like a costume

It’s been a very difficult three weeks since my dh lost his job, especially after the challenges we had all last year.  As I mentioned last week, I had not only lost my sense of humor, but I was overwhelmed by anger and sadness.  I found myself thinking dark thoughts. Here is something I wrote […]

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I knew I was in trouble when I lost my sense of humor

I’ve always been a clown. I love making people laugh, especially myself. The more struggles life threw at me the more humorously I saw things. Until one day when I just couldn’t find anything funny to say. So I just didn’t post that day on Facebook…or the next day, or the next day, or the […]

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I have chronic illness and I write for YOU!

I write for you.  I write for all those with chronic illness who aren’t where I am or may never be.  I write for all those who can’t find the words to express how they feel to family, friends or doctors except with soft whimpers and cries. I write for all who know what it’s like […]

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Faith vs Experience

My pastor talks about this. I never thought of faith this way before, but he’s right.  Our experience shapes us much more than our faith does because, if faith never becomes experience, it wanes.  It’s fragile.  Once I had faith in God. Now I have experience.  I’ve experienced God in my life, what He can […]

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I Have Chronic Illness: What’s a Comfort Zone?

I had to look that up because I wasn’t familiar with the concept.  I might have misplaced my comfort zone.  I’m not sure I ever had one.  This is something I often see online or mentioned in high-powered, self-help books and seminars: “Ya gotta step out of your comfort zone or nothing will ever change in […]

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The Year of Faith that Never (Always) Was

I’ve said it before: God has a sense of humor.  Sometimes He gives you EXACTLY what you pray for, but it’s not exactly HOW you envisioned it when you prayed.  It all started in late 2013, after much prayer, when I declared that 2014 would be The Year of Faith over at Art of Eloquence, my business […]

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How to Praise God in the Storm

Continuing with my thanksgiving theme this month is an article I wrote a long while back for Examiner.com…Most Christians have heard many times how we are to praise God in the storm, but what has always frustrated me is that nobody has ever told us how to do that.  It’s hard to just begin feeling […]

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What to Remember About Struggles

November is the month of Thanksgiving, but those of us who struggle with chronic illness or other chronic issues often find it difficult to feel thankful for what we have.  I understand this as one who has struggled with chronic issues for over 35yrs, but I also know we do have things to be thankful […]

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The blessings of pain

Okay. JoJo’s gone off the deep end!  Brain fog has taken over and she’s completely out of her mind!  I hear ya out there.  You’ve stuck with me through some of my other unusual posts, but this one’s gone too far.  Stick a fork in ‘er, she’s done!  As someone who is in a fair amount of physical pain as […]

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