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Servant of Christ. Writer. Chronically ill wife and mom. Living with dysautonomia. Filled with hope. Depending on grace. www.cranberryteatime.com

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  1. Rachel, thanks for putting things into perspective for us–for reminding us that all our troubles are part of a bigger picture. And that the Master Artist is painting it with love no matter what. I’m so glad you’re here on (in)courage today!

    • Thank you for your kind words, Holly, and thank you so much for allowing me to share here on (in)courage! It was a blessing and a privilege.

      Rachel

      P.S. I know I’m really late coming back here to reply to everyone’s thoughtful comments. I’ve had a difficult 10 months and am only now getting back into blogging again.

    • Heehee! Actually, my web address is cranberryteatime.blogspot because onedayatatime.blogspot was already taken. However, I still call my blog One Day at a Time.

  2. I made my own little sign that I have thumb tacked to my bedroom wall to get me through trials. It’s this: THIS DOES NOT EXIST IN HEAVEN: IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Basically it is to remind me that whatever I am going through here on earth, it doesn’t exist in our permanent home with Jesus. A friend of mine also told me he read something where a Christian had been going through something rough and God said to him: “Can you thank me for trusting you with this?” I took that and made a sign out of it and I can stare at it every day by my desk. It completely changed my perspective on trials.
    I will pray for you.

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for reading! I’m thankful that my words could encourage you. May you be blessed as you walk with the Lord today.

  3. What encouraging thoughts! Thank you for this post.

    My husband read those verses from 2 Corinthians to my grandfather when he was in the middle of many health issues. I’m so glad you used them here.

  4. Beautiful, encouraging post. It seems there are as many ways to suffer as there are people. Thanks for refocusing our efforts on cultivating inner strength and beauty.

    • Thank you for your kind words. May you be blessed and strengthened in the Lord as you remain faithful to Him in whatever ways He has called you to suffer.

  5. Thank you, Rachel! I was recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, and a few months ago I had the most beautiful moment. I woke up early before my family and tried to turn over. I was stopped by pain. I shift again and pain in another area of my body assaulted me. Just at that moment, I felt this beautiful, Divine peace float down over me and this thought that although my body doesn’t work properly right now, in Heaven I will be given a new body.

    • Thank you for thinking of me, Jennifer, and continuing to check in on me on my blog these last 8 months. It is encouraging to know that I was remembered! I’m glad to be back to blogging again now.

      I pray that the Lord will bless you and strengthen you as you suffer on this earth with a chronic illness. I look forward to the day when we will both have resurrection bodies. Let’s go running or swimming or hiking on the New Earth together, okay? 🙂

  6. Great reminder, Rachel. It doesn’t feel “light” very often, for sure. But it DOES help knowing it’s only for a season. We have HOPE!