Life Beyond a Stroke

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I was living life fully loaded: teaching opportunities were suddenly plentiful, spending time with family and friends was a joy, and getting ready for anther year of CBS was just around the corner.  I had lots of ideas and plans and life was full.  I was happy.

Then, I had a stroke. 

Yep.  You read that right.  I can’t believe it either.

I’m too young for a stroke.  I’m perfectly healthy.  What!?!  Even the doctors had no answers to explain why this had happened,

Now what?

First, I am very thankful for my husband who was home and knew what to do, for medical skill and TPA.  Miraculous.  I am grateful for my family, who were ready to help and very present.  And I am forever thankful that after a short two days in the hospital, I am minimally affected and will do my best to help my brain re-do any necessary connections.

That’s the easy part.

The rest of it is more complicated.

Answering the questions surrounding the event will take longer than recovering from it.  Suddenly my life is both precious and peculiar.  It’s precious because I (again) have confronted serious illness and survived.  It’s peculiar because, for the second time, doctors are completely without suggestion as to the cause of this.  Stay tuned.

I simply continue to trust.  It’s funny that one who talks a lot about faith would find herself saying that I must simply trust.  I would have always said that was true of me.  I’m beginning to understand that my idea of trust and God’s…are a little different.

I’m listening God.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever – do not abandon the works of your hands.”  Psalm 138:8

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Re-Thinking Us vs. Them

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Rich vs. Poor.  Right vs. Left.  Citizens vs. Illegal Aliens.  Black vs. White.  Government vs. Taxpayers.  These are just some of the Us vs. Them battles that we perceive around us.  Fear and ideological insulation can lead us to believe that … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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If Only: Letting Go of Regret (book review)

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What do you do with your troublesome “if only” moments, a.k.a. regrets?  I tend to ignore them, safely stashing them in a mental holding cell because facing them feels like living Groundhog Day without the power to change anything.  No fun. If Only: Letting Go of Regret, by Michelle Van Loon, … Continue reading

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Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Heaven’s Headlines in the Days Before Jesus Died

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Originally posted on Connecting Dots…to God:
If heaven published a newspaper, what would the big stories have been in the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus? And what would Jerusalem’s newspaper have reported during the same week? Publisher’s note: These…

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Don’t Confuse Suffering People with the Problem of Suffering

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Suffering presents us with a theological problem: If God is good and all powerful, then why does he allow people to suffer?  It is a fair question. Here’s another one:  What is the best way to help a friend who is suffering? It is important not … Continue reading

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Four Constructive Questions to Ask Yourself in January

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Did you set goals for yourself at the beginning of 2013?  If so, did you meet them?  What are your resolutions for 2014?  Ho-hum.  Same old questions. Keep reading for four genuinely constructive questions to ask yourself this January. 2013 was a fruitful and enjoyable year in … Continue reading

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How Does Christmas Come About?

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It’s almost Christmas.  Are you ready? Will you be ready?  I’m not ready…yet. Christmas will come about, like it always does, and I will be ready, like I always am.  However, not without some chaos and confusion.  Every year I determine … Continue reading

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