How well we see is a game changer. When I was younger, my vision was awful. I was legally blind. The numbers on my alarm clock—which was placed as close to the bed as possible—were blurry without my glasses.
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When I heard of a relatively new procedure called radial keratotomy (RK), I was all in. To this day, the closest thing to a miracle I’ve ever experienced was having my vision corrected.
This last Christmas, my gift to my husband was the successor to RK called Lasik. We aren’t the youngest ducks in the pond and there are always risks of complications with this procedure, but because his vision was so impaired we figured why not go for it.
For years I tried to explain to my husband how glorious it is to see the world after vision-correction surgery. Colors are . . .
For more than 30 years, Jan Silvious has helped people find the courage to begin a new way of dealing with the same old situations. Jan is a successful author, speaker, and life coach and has appeared on several radio and television programs. Jan’s life’s work is to encourage people to embrace the truth: “To change your perspective is to change everything.”
Scripture never guarantees us an easy path, physical healing, emotional ease, relational comfort–a life without doubt or disabling hardships. God’s timeless, written Word instead promises us God’s presence through every circumstance.
It’s something we all long to possess yet it’s one of the rarest qualities to find. I’m talking about COURAGE. Courage is the internal fortitude to keep moving forward in the face of fear, hardships, and challenges.
Courage enables us to cultivate endurance and resilience; it is the by-product of a tenacious spirit.
- Professional life coach
- Wife of 50 years
- Lover of life
Jan Silvious offers a lifetime of wisdom to all of us learning to navigate life with joy and hope.
This interview presents three truths that are critical to life:
- God knows
- God cares
- God provides
For every season in our lives, these truths are foundational to having a courageous spirit.
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I’m confident something in your life is challenging you right now. The best news is that Christ promises peace to those who turn to Him.
While sitting in a doctor’s waiting room the other day, I wondered, If the walls could speak, what would they say? Stories of sorrows, successes, survivors, suffering, surprises, and more?
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I mean, what would the walls say about our thoughts when all is silent and we wait?
I bet the walls would speak of wordless things like our . . .
. . . and oh, did I mention loneliness?
Henri Nouwen says this about silence:
I place my will under Your sovereign control, desiring that this cup shall pass but welcoming Your call and walking obediently according to Your will.
One winter, my son Austin and I sat on the patio warmed by the embers of a small fire. We laughed over his childhood memories that at the time felt far more chaotic.
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Back then, I wanted to be a perfect mother—as if there is such a thing.
I was like most parents who want their children to experience a happy childhood, at least one happier than theirs when they were growing up.
- I wanted laughter to echo through the halls, to kiss away every pain, to life free of all disappointment.
- I wanted Austin to develop a sense of self, an empathetic kindness toward others, a genuine love for Jesus, and an understanding of scriptural truth.
- I wanted to protect him from the twisting damage of bullying and abuse.
- And, of course, I wanted him to love his mother.
Is that asking too much?
God waits for us to let go, to accept what’s happening, to stop and listen for His direction, and to follow His lead by faith.
Ever wish you could reach out to a friend in crisis, but you’re just not sure what to say? Most of us tend either to avoid the person or situation altogether or to rush in and say too much.
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The list below demonstrates some ways you can effectively support people in need.
Notice how these responses acknowledge and reflect the person’s feelings without judging him or her or offering unwelcome advice.
What Effective Caregivers Say