I am a Christian. I married my best friend 20 years ago, and we have 2 amazing children (a 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl). We enjoy traveling and meeting new people, and have lived in many different places around the U.S. since our marriage. We enjoy food, music and each other. And we try our best to build everything we do around a deep need and desire to serve God and please Him.
In 2009, I was struck with a mysterious illness that left me disabled. This began a seven year journey that started out as looking for help and ended up as just a desperate search for an answer. My unbirthday is September 14, 2016, the date I learned that my chronic illness journey was over and that I would be able to regain my strength and all the things that had been taken from me by disability. God has floored me, as He always does, but this is just beyond what I can even process, it really is.
When I started Renewed Daily three years ago, I told God that I would write as often and for as long as He gave me the words. I still hold to that, and I can't tell you how amazed I am with how many words He has given me. Brian and I recently published my third book. You can find the first book, You're Chronically Ill... So Now What?, here. The second book, Your Loved One is Ill... So Now What?, is found here. Hopeless is the third book and I pray it will reach those who, like me, struggle with depression and despair. I've started notes for what will prayerfully be my book about my journey back from a death sentence of ALS.
I want this blog to be able to continue, to be a place of ministry where Jesus takes center stage and hope is always the outcome. I am surrendering this site, once again, to our Great God. May He bless this space and all who gather here.
My prayer is that these devotionals and the people I meet through this blog can help myself and others to be renewed daily.
As my favorite scriptures say:
"When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." - Psalm 94:19
"That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day." - 2 Corinthians 4:16
"Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." - Colossians 3:10
"But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
God's Blessings on You All......