Category Archives: pain

Tears with a Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about tears lately—in part because Pastor Bryan pointed out to me how many hits my post titled God Keeps Your Tears in a Bottle has had, in part because I’ve cried more than a few tears … Continue reading

Posted in affliction, broken believers, brokenness, compassion, deliverance, depression, despondancy, discernment, forgiveness, forgiving sin, frustration, God, grace, guest teacher, intercession, Jesus Christ, Linda Kruschke, pain, poetry, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, regret, rest in God, sadness, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sorrow | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

An Injured Life

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. … Continue reading

Posted in affliction, believer, Bible promises, broken believers, brokenness, Bryan's comments, church life, comfort, compassion, crushing, darkness, death, despair, despondancy, devotional, difficulties, discipleship, failure, faith, God, goodness, grace, helpful, humility, Jesus Christ, life lessons, mental or physical illness, pain, personal comments, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, spiritual lessons, transformation, trials, understanding, Very helpful, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

Posted in advice, affliction, battle, battle wounds, believer, Bible promises, blessings, brokenness, Bryan's editorial, Bryan's comments, depression, desperation, despondancy, devotional, difficulties, discernment, discipleship, faith, Father God, fear of death, following Jesus, God, grace, Holy Spirit, hope, intensity, intimacy, Jesus Christ, kingdom of God, lessons learned,, life, life lessons, lithium, lordship, mental illness, mercy, ministry, miracle, mood swings, obedience, outside source, pain, paranoia, past, pastor, pathetic, personal comments, promises, quotes, refining, reformation, repentance, rest in God, scars, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sin, spiritual lessons, tangled up, teaching, transparency, understanding, Very helpful, working out, zeal, Zoloft | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Rough Cut

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44 There is an old folk tale told … Continue reading

Posted in advice, affliction, alert, battle, believer, comfort, difficulties, discernment, discipleship, encouragement, endurance, failure, faith, grace, Jesus Christ, jewels, lessons learned,, life lessons, obedience, pain, personal comments, quite useful,, rocks polished, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, sorrow, spiritual lessons, trials, understanding, wisdom | 2 Comments

Bridges to Burn

As a rambunctious kid I’d be told by my mom, “This is going on your permanent record!” At the time I didn’t know what that was, but it sounded really scary. I remember debating myself of whether or not such … Continue reading

Posted in believer, devotional, discipleship, following Jesus, forgiveness, forgiving sin, grace, Jesus Christ, lessons learned,, life lessons, pain, past, personal comments, presence of God, reality, repentance, scars, self hatred, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, shame, spiritual lessons, strength, thoughtful and aware, trust, truth, understanding, Very helpful | 1 Comment

Afflictions That Heal Us

Today I especially wanted to share a message the David Wilkerson shared on his blog a few years ago.  It is probably one of the better messages I’ve read in quite awhile on the issue of pain and affliction in … Continue reading

Posted in advice, affliction, battle, battle wounds, believer, Bible, Bible promises, brokenness, change, confidence, contributor, David Wilkerson, desperation, devotional, discernment, discipleship, failure, faith, following Jesus, God, guest teacher, Jesus Christ, kyrie eleison, lessons learned,, life lessons, lost causes, pain, personal comments, rest in God, self-pity, self-righteousness, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, spiritual lessons, spiritual warfare, storms, suffering, transformation, trials, trust, truth, understanding, Very helpful, watching and waiting, wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Brokenness, Depression and Brennan Manning

I’ve put together a collection of quotes by my favorite author, Brennan Manning.  I have found that when he writes, he penetrates.  What he writes goes deep into the soul of this ex-junkie, loser, and mentally ill person—he tells me … Continue reading

Posted in abiding, battle, battle wounds, believer, Borderline, Brennan Manning, broken believers, brokenness, calling, desperation, devotional, difficulties, discipleship, encouragement, faith, following Jesus, forgiveness, giftedness, giving, God, God's dealings, grace, holiness, hope, intimacy, Jesus Christ, kingdom of God, kyrie eleison, life lessons, love, manic depression, mental illness, mental or physical illness, misjudging Jesus, my limitations, obedience, pain, personal comments, presence of God, quotes, ragamuffins, rascals and strugglers, rest in God, Serving Mentally Ill Christians, spiritual lessons, understanding, Very helpful | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments