During my battle with Lyme disease, I encountered major stomach issues. After trying a bevy of over-the-counter remedies without results, the doctor was called. Forty-five minutes after an office visit I was sent to the Emergency room for possible surgery. Family, friends, and cyber-buddies rallied their prayers. Our teenage son remained at home with several friends. My husband waited with me as doctors and nurses took blood, x-ray’s, and hooked up an IV. Fortunately several hours later I was released with three prescriptions and without the need for surgery.Read more →
As a board-certified physician in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Dr. Rita Hancock specializes in helping her patients achieve optimal function in spite of their arthritic, painful joints. One way she does this is by helping them lose weight. Dr. Rita has not only Ivy League training in nutrition and the psychology of obesity, but she also speaks from personal experience. She personally overcame a compulsive eating disorder and lost seventy-five pounds and kept it off for over twenty-seven years. Since true health requires wellness in three dimensions: mind, body, and spirit, Dr. Rita also counsels her patients in regard to their emotional and spiritual well-being. This approach has allowed her to get to the root of otherwise unexplained pain and/or stress-induced illness in a large number of patients.Read more →
I’m so pleased to announce the release of my latest novel, Nadia’s Hope. This manuscript started almost ten years ago as a short story on forgiveness. I planned on giving the article to a friend. However once finished, I felt the urge to continue writing. As Nadia’s journey unfolded, God revealed areas in my own life I had not faced and allowed Him to heal. The layers peeled away through tears and heartache. Nadia and I walked together to find answers to difficult questions.Read more →
Please join me on Living Joyfully Free Radio as I visit with musician, Daniel Kleefeld. Bonus footage is included at the end with several of Daniel’s beautiful piano music! Born and raised in humble beginnings, Daniel is now celebrated internationally with his own unique style of instrumental music reaching diverse audiences. Daniel has a heart and passion for God to provide comforting, healing music.Read more →
I’m blessed to have an article running today on Write Where It Hurts. My past is riddled with shattered places restored and made whole through God’s touch. Being honest enough with God to admit my own failures evoked His grace and mercy, so I can approach God’s throne clean and without sinful blemish. Whew! The remaining wounds where my body or soul was abused are part of a perplexing, ongoing process. God immediately provided healing, but there seem to be layers like the peeling of an onion. To read the rest… http://writewhereithurts.org/2012/06/healing-layers/Read more →
Jan Coates is a living testimony that God loves, forgives, redeems, and then transforms us into a new creation. Painful childhood experiences caused her to turn her back on God as a teenager as she filled her life with self-destruction to mask her brokenness. By nineteen she was divorced with a young son. In 1982 a drunk driver killed her only biological child, Chris. The devastation left her numb yet crying out to God for the first time in seventeen years. On Easter Sunday, 1983, she rededicated her life to Jesus Christ. Doing so turned her world inside out and set her on a path to where she is today: international speaker, author and encourager.Read more →
I’m pondering how often we refuse to move forward. We get rutted and trapped in the past, clinging to the thing that destroyed the life we wanted or imagined.
There is a time to mourn and weep, but we’ve turned it into a lifestyle, and “poor me” has become an idol. Self is exalted over God. We aren’t hearing His voice nor hearing His call because we are too busy listening to our own complaints and whines. I’ve been there, done that–sat and stewed and mourned. And the longer I stewed in my stew, the stinkier my stew (and me) became. Ugh.
My dad–dizzy, nauseous, and too sick to stand–was hospitalized on Sunday morning. Testing began immediately to find the problems, and Monday we received word he would need a heart Cathertization. Tuesday morning, the doctors found 90% blockage and placed three stents in his heart. Dad is doing well, and we are praising God! The doctors said my dad had an unreported heart attack about twenty years ago. During that time his heart had actually reroutedRead more →