Category Archives: brokenness

Coming Home to Father

“He was yet a great way off, his father saw him.” Luke 15:20 The boy had, in the far-away country, a vision of his old home. As he sat there and thought of his dishonor and his ruin, there flashed … Continue reading

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Handling a Diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a condition of involuntary, repetitive movements of the jaw, tongue or other body movements. It frequently is a side effect of the long-term use of antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is … Continue reading

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Being Sick

“So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.” Numbers 12:15 To be numbered among the chronically ill often can mean a transition into frustration. We … Continue reading

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Assurance of Salvation for the Mentally Ill

 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we … Continue reading

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Of Bruises and Crushings

“I will put enmity between you and the woman,     and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head,     and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 “The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.” … Continue reading

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Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Deeply Hurt

A.W. Tozer seems to have gotten a hold on something here. Those who step forward into discipleship or ministry will inevitably be hurt in some significant way. I wouldn’t say it was a ‘given’, but it is the common path … Continue reading

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