JoJoisms

God only allows our struggles to go so far

So the other day I was reading Psalm 91, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,” -Psalm 91:4-5  I began thinking of all the struggles […]

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What I can and can’t do thru chronic issues

Okay, so during my “Woe is Me” phase of dealing with the stress of my chronic issues (my husband’s job loss, my chronic illnesses and running a few businesses to try to bring an income into the household), I found my way out of my crying funk and was able to push forward a bit.  I […]

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God held my hand

I told you all I’d update you on my progress and, well, I gave it the old college try, but I just couldn’t choose joy with the tools that devotional talked about…the one I told you about last week. I found myself crying more and being frustrated more and my struggles increased. So last Wednesday, I […]

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Miracle on JoJo Street

When I was a little girl I loved watching Miracle on 34th Street at Christmas time.  Things just worked out for little Susan and her mother kind of like magic.  God uses his own brand of magic we call miracles to help His children in times of distress.  When we pray, we get one of […]

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Deliver Me

Two weeks ago, I shared the dark place I was in after my year of faith that never (always) was and my husband’s job loss. This week I want to share how God has begun to deliver me from that dark place into His light.  As is usually the case with God, it’s a series of small […]

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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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