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How to face your health challenges with hope

Featuring Weekend Words from

James chapter 5, verses 2-5, Common English Bible

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score.

Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.

Be passionately in love with understanding. St. Augustine

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Proverbs chapter 2, verses 2-10, Common English Bible 

Turn your ear toward wisdom,
    and stretch your mind toward understanding.
Call out for insight,
    and cry aloud for understanding.
 Seek it like silver;
    search for it like hidden treasure.
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
    and discover the knowledge of God.
The Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 Wisdom will enter your mind,
    and knowledge will fill you with delight.


Thanks to Sarah Forgrave for permission to use this excerpt from

Prayers for Hope and Healing

Seeking God’s Strength as You Face Health Challenges

by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave


“When you’re confused by medical jargon”

“Medical staff talk to you, but they might as well be speaking a foreign language. Whether they’re explaining your condition or giving instructions for the next steps of your care, their words go into your ears like a secret message you can’t decode. You know they’re talking about your body, but the disconnect to your brain leaves you helpless and frustrated.

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I’m so thankful for the doctors and medical staff  You’ve charged with my care. Even though I don’t always understand their words, it’s comforting to know You’ve given them the knowledge they need to treat my condition. ”



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“You may think doctors make a diagnosis based on lab tests or xrays. But much of the time, those tests only confirm what we already suspect  based on your symptoms.

If we misunderstand what you describe, or fail to get complete information we may  start testing for something far removed from what is wrong with you.”

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(1Corinthians 13:13)

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Choosing excellence- Weekend Words from Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.

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13 She chooses wool and flax.
    She loves to work with her hands.
14 She is like the ships of traders.
    She brings her food from far away.
15 She gets up while it is still night.
    She provides food for her family.
16 She considers a field and buys it.
    She uses some of the money she earns to plant a vineyard.
17 She gets ready to work hard.
    Her arms are strong.


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“Proverbs 31 reminds us that virtuous women are a rare find. It is not a label that many will earn. There are some areas when we feel we do well, and others that many need improvement.

A virtuous woman will recognize that her worth has nothing to do with appearance, talent, or the opinions of others.

She will recognize that her past belongs in the past and a future awaits her.

God does not expect perfection, but rather , perseverance. “

       quote from

the Virtuous Woman-Shattering the Superwoman Myth

by Vicki Courtney

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