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The Five Minute Friday writers have published a book, and it releases today!
Each week bloggers gather together for Five Minute Friday. We write for just 5 minutes on the same writing prompt, and then we link up our posts over at Kate's blog. We write for the fun of writing, and the rules are: no edit...
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It is easy to accidentally overlook the homebound in our churches because we do not see them often, if at all. These members may be elderly, undergoing cancer treatment, living with a severe chronic illness, or facing another type of disability. Although these brothers and sisters in Christ cannot attend church services regularly, they are an indispensable part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:22).
It is easy to accidentally overlook the homebound in our churches because we do not see them often, if at all. These members may be elderly, undergoing cancer treatment, living with a severe chronic illness, or facing another...
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"If God chooses to heal you in answer to your prayers, that's great. Thank Him for it. But if He chooses not to, thank Him anyway. You can be sure He has His reasons." - Joni Eareckson Tada
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It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

Psalm 92:1-4
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Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:23-26
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I have discovered that if I spend too much time reading and studying, my brain fog flares up badly. Just as my body needs rest, my mind needs rest, too, and watching television has been a good way to let my mind rest. This is my life with a chronic illness, and I watch television to the glory of God!

When Watching TV Is a Wise Use of Time {From the Archives}

http://www.cranberryteatime.com/2010/05/when-watching-tv-is-wise-use-of-time.html
I've been quiet on my blog a lot lately. My body has been extra tired, and my brain was needing a break. I like to be productive. I like to do as much as I can. I try to keep up with life, but when I try to do too much it all...
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May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
Psalm 70:4-5
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Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who are homebound are a vital part of the Body of Christ. If you are a church member who is homebound, it may be easy to feel as if you aren’t a part of the body, but God’s Word says that every believer is a vital part of the body of Christ. Even the weaker members are indispensable (1 Corinthians 12:22). You have an important role to play in the body of Christ! Your service is needed and is valuable.
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who are homebound are a vital part of the Body of Christ. If you are a church member who is homebound, it may be easy to feel as if you aren’t a part of the body, but God’s Word says that ev...
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Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Psalm 115:1-3
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I have survived summer! And I am ready to start blogging again.
I have survived summer! When September came, I breathed out a big sigh of relief. In the middle of July it felt like summer was never going to end, but the end finally came! The night before the children went back to school I...
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"When you feel like you can't take it anymore, look to Jesus, and take it a little more." - John Piper

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted." - Hebrews 12:1-3

{From the Archives} Fight the Good Fight of Faith

http://www.cranberryteatime.com/2015/10/fight-good-fight-of-faith.html
It is Invisible Illness Week, but whether you have an invisible illness or not, if you know Jesus as your Savior, I have encouragement for you today from God’s Word. We all face hard things in life. You may be fighting an...
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"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."
Hebrews 12:1-3
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Living with dysautonomia. Filled with hope. Depending on grace.
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I’m Rachel, a wife, a mother, and a sinner saved by grace. I like coffee, flowers, the color purple, and painted toenails. I have never reached my chocolate threshold seriously think I may not have one. I have dysautonomia; it’s a chronic invisible illness, and it makes life challenging. I am learning to take life one day at a time, to rely on Christ’s strength, and to rest in God’s grace. Despite the difficulties I face, I am very blessed. God has given me a loving family and blessings beyond what I deserve.
 
I am married to a wonderful man, Will, who faithfully cares for me every day. Being his wife, companion, and friend is such a gift! Will is in pastoral ministry. God has entrusted two precious children, William (9 years old) and Adelaide (5 years old), to our care. They brighten my days while simultaneously wearing me out! I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Over the years my dysautonomia has continued to get worse, and daily life has become more and more challenging. Barring a miracle I will probably be disabled for the rest of my life. This is a great opportunity for me to learn to be content and trust the Lord! Even in the midst of suffering, God has a plan and a purpose. If living a life with a disabling form of dysautonomia will bring the most glory to God, then so be it. Suffering from dysautonomia for a few years on earth is a small sacrifice to make in light of all that Christ has done for me. It is worth following God and obeying Him at any cost.
 
I invite you to join me at my blog, Cranberry Tea Time, where I share about my life with dysautonomia and the hope and joy that I have despite the difficulties of living with a chronic illness.
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I Have Survived Summer!
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I Am N
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Persevering and Choosing Joy on the Hard Days
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Five Minute Friday: Easy
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It is time for Five Minute Friday! We write for just five minutes, no over-thinking, backtracking, or careful editing. Kate gives us a word,

Five Minute Friday: Whole
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Today I am joining the Five Minute Friday community. We write for five minutes on the same writing prompt, and then we gather together at Ka

Start with Hello
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Good Friday
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Image Credit: Full of Eyes Today is Good Friday. It is the day when we remember the suffering and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We remember

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Choose Joy Weekend
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A few weeks ago my family took a weekend trip, and it was so wonderful that I just have to share it with you! In January there was a Choose

Busy Hands: Houndstooth Infinity Scarves
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This houndstooth scarf was one of my big crochet projects last year. I used this free pattern from the ELK Studio blog. I used a much finer

Choose Joy: When Healing Doesn't Come
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Each Monday in January I have been sharing quotes from Choose Joy by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver. I hope that you have enjoyed Sara's words

Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
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This month I have been reading Kristen Welch’s new book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. Kristen is the author of Rhinestone Jes

Choose Joy: A Moment to Be Embraced
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Each Monday in January I am sharing a few quotes from Choose Joy, by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver. Sara lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a

Learning Gratitude through Chronic Illness
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I will never forget the first time I visited my dear friend, Arlene, a few years ago. Arlene was a godly woman who was homebound and living

I Especially Choose the French Fries
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I have been reading, and re-reading, Sara Frankl's book, Choose Joy, because it has been so encouraging. It is rare to find a book by someon

IV Fluids for Dysautonomia Treatment
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Recently someone in the Cranberry Tea Time community asked me about IV fluids, how I get them, and how they help me. I responded to her emai