Category: Coping with Church

Living Stones (1 Peter 2:5)

This photo shows the wall of an old house. It’s from the same medieval village tour – near Lyon, France, 2004. Aren’t those stones just perfectly imperfect, the way they’re assembled in such hodge-podge rows?This is a comfort for me. It reminds me that God uses us despite our imperfections. When I look around at …

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How to Deal with Judgy Advice (Fruitful #5)

When you're already feeling painfully low and grief-stricken, people's "helpful" comments can feel like a slap in the face, can't they Even well-meaning advice can hurt. I remember a long conversation with a friend called Rob*, in the early days of my illness

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Part 2 — How to Deal with Judgy Advice (Fruitful #5)

Curious to see how I not-so-perfectly dealt with Rob’s “helpful” pep-talk? You might learn a thing or two from my mistakes! The story begins here, in Part 1, in case you missed it. Putting on new clothes When my autoimmune symptoms are flaring, I find it really hard to get dressed. The discomfort, bordering on …

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Carole’s Church Story

Today we’re meeting Carole. She’s 69 years old and has a bunch of chronic illnesses that require daily management. She first got sick at the age of 31, which means she has been unwell for nearly 40 years. Can you imagine that?!   Carole, welcome to our Build a Bridge Interview Series! It’s an honour …

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Hosea’s Story – Multiple Myeloma

Introducing Hosea! Age: 66 Chronic Illness: I’m hampered by Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood plasma cells. I was diagnosed sixteen years ago, and by the grace of God, I’ve been a survivor since then. There is no cure for Myeloma, and there is always a risk that it will return in full bloom. …

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