Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Tin Man, a Potato, and Hope

This is me today! Pinterest has some of the most 
hilariously funny chronic illness memes!
Now this is ironic…

The fork slips out of my hand again onto the counter. I will my stiff fingers to move, to somehow pick it back up again and then shuffle back to my desk carrying my lunch with unbending knees and elbows. Chronic Lyme disease as well as the side-affects from its treatment causes joints to ache and stiffen painfully, and today the flare-up is worse than it has ever been before.

Of course, on the day when I get to eat a potato… Today is my 12-hour window to try the food after 9 weeks of deprivation to see how my body reacts, and I can’t stop giggling hysterically as I can’t seem to even hold the knife to cut off a glorious tasty piece. Finally, I just stab the whole thing and gnaw off a bite.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Autumn Cathedral

I wrote the following blog post back in early October, when I was still processing through what it might mean to remain in the US to deal with my health issues. Unfortunately, I was too sick at the time I wrote it to actually post it on here. So here it is now :)

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
     but the word of the Lord endures forever.
1 Peter 1:24-25

Image courtesy of Wetcanvas
The sun dips lower until the oak and maple trunks spiderweb like lead came across a forest of stained glass. I sit beneath this everlasting cathedral, until my hands and face are covered in golds, oranges, greens, reds, and I try to hold the moment, like a piece of chocolate on my tongue.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Battle of 5 Armies (or more...)

"How Your Body Works" by Usborne
When I was a kid, we had this biology book produced by Usborne, all about the circulation system. White blood cells were dressed as valiant knights, ferociously defending the townspeople (red blood cells) from the attacking villains (bacteria and viruses and parasites…. which always looked rather like pirates).

Well, if you’ve been following any of my health journey, you know that this past summer, as I’ve been travelling around the Midwest and sharing with churches, groups, and individuals, I’ve been undergoing a battery of tests with multiple doctors to see what is going on and how to best treat it (including my chronic Lyme disease).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Newsletter

It's a beautiful Minnesota summer, and I'm enjoying spending time with family and sharing with many churches and groups the work God is doing in Bible translation in Papua New Guinea. Check out my latest newsletter for an update on the health situation and my plans for the rest of this home assignment!

You can read the newsletter here or go straight to my newsletter page.

I look forward to getting back to blogging soon as my speaking schedule slows down! But, I have a few more opportunities to share, so keep checking back on my speaking schedule page in order to figure out which one works for your schedule.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Speaking Schedule in the US!

I haven't been able to write much on here because, instead, I've been seeing many of you in person! Right now, I'm in the middle of the craziness of travels and speaking for home assignment, and thus for a person with limited spoons like me ("spoon theory" is a lovely explanation of how life works when you have a chronic illness), certain things have to get dropped off...and right now, blogging has been taking a back seat.

I know I don't look sick (makeup, hair products, and decent clothes are miracle workers!), but in fact, right now my life is rather carefully sculpted between speaking engagements and doctor appointments to ensure survival. Hopefully when things slow down, then I can get back to writing more for all of you!

This calendar is also saved as a link on the left side bar, so you can always access it with updated information! If you need directions, more information, or you can't make one of these but still want to get together, send me an email!

Date and Time Host Location
Sunday, June 12, 9 am Nordland Lutheran Church  Paynesville, MN
Sunday, June 26, 9/10:30 am Oakwood Community Church Waconia, MN
Sunday, July 10, 8 am/9:20 am Berean Baptist Church Glencoe, MN
Sunday evening, July 17, 6:30-8 pm Centennial Evangelical Free Church Forest Lake, MN
Sunday, July 24, 9 am Word of Life Lutheran Church Le Sueur, MN
Wednesday eve (dessert night), Aug 3, 6-8 pm home Cologne, MN
Friday evening, Aug 5, 8:00 pm (7:30 meal) New Salem Church Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, Aug 7, 10:30 am New Salem Church Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, Aug 15, 9 am
Glory of Christ Fellowship (followed by a picnic)
Elk River, MN (at the high school: 900 School St NW, Elk River, MN 55330)
Wednesday eve, Aug 17, 6:30 pm South Suburban Evangelical Free Church youth group
Moeller Park, Apple Valley, MN
Sunday, Sept 18 Bethany Lutheran Church West Union, IA
Sunday, Sept 25 South Suburban Evangelical Free Church Apple Valley, MN
Sep-Oct (TBD) University of Northwestern-St. Paul Arden Hills, MN
Sep-Oct (TBD) Crown College St. Bonifacius, MN
October (TBD) Living Rock Church Norwood-Young America, MN
 November (TBD) Rosehill Alliance Church Roseville, MN