Hello Old Friends

A friend of mine called me today wanting some help with a blog she is working on and I wasn’t much help.  But it occurred to me that it might be therapeutic for me to blog a little here.  

I have been on a self-imposed blog and Facebook silence for some time now.  The main reason being that life is a struggle and I just didn’t want to keep writing the same woe-is-me posts over and over again.  Plus, my niche has been theology and there are more than enough theology bloggers out there.  And I don’t want to get back into old habits where I am trying to become a big blogger chasing ever increasing numbers. 

Still, this has probably been a negative because I have withdrawn into myself, so I thought I would just peek my head out and say hi for now.  Thanks as always to all of you who pray for me.  My recent reports are good physically, my mental and emotional health are so-so.  So, pray for me and my wife that we would be encouraged as she is feeling some of this too. 

Also, please pray that God would restore unto us the joy of our salvation.  I know God is with us, but it often doesn’t feel that way as I am going through chemo.  That’s the only real difficult thing now – though my health is probably improving I’m still on chemo and after 3 years of this I’m pretty weary.  So that’s where I could use your prayers. 

In the meantime, here’s a couple of links I came across I thought I’d share.  Doug Groothius, of Constructive Curmudgeon and teaching and publishing fame has a blog called Chronic Illness and the Christian Faith.  It has been a tremendous help to me and I recommend it as it gives a perspective on the many people who cross our paths who are suffering what he calls “invisible illnessses.”  These are people who “look good,” and whom the rest of us don’t know how to handle. 

And Doug pointed me to the website “Where is God,” which deals with the same thing. 

So, cheers to everyone, if anyone is still reading I’ll look forward to connecting with you again. 

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15 Responses to Hello Old Friends

  1. Doug Smith says:

    David, it’s so good to hear from you. And, your timing – God’s timing – is perfect. I am prayerfully trying to encourage a Christian couple where the wife has M.S. that is worsening. Thank you for the message and these links, which I am sending on to my much-tried friends. May God bless you, your dear wife, and your return to blogging. Doug Smith

  2. jollyblogger says:

    Doug – great to hear from you – where are you now? I have offered a prayer for this friend of yours. Hope to see you some time if you are in town.

  3. Bill Kinnon says:

    Hugs, David. Miss your voice in blogdom.

  4. jollyblogger says:

    Doug – great, I’ll look forward to seeing you. Bill, many thanks old friend. I hope all is well with you.

  5. davidtanner5 says:

    A blessing to hear from you, and a real encouragement. I will check out and recommend the website you mentioned. Much love in Christ! ~ Jeri Tanner

  6. bibchr says:

    Yay! My daily check finally pays off (beyond reminding me to pray for you)!

  7. GL says:

    David, good to hear from you. I miss you. I need to find a way to get to Baltimore to see you.

  8. Terry says:

    For my friend David Wayne…

  9. jollyblogger says:

    Many thanks everyone

  10. EAJ says:

    It is so good to hear from you. I pray for you everyday as I see your name on my Google Reader list and hoping it will light up again with a recent post and today it did. Thank you for letting us know how you are doing. And thank you for the links I look forward to reading the articles and will most likely pass them along. May you feel your joy and good health restored to you again soon. – Ellen J.

  11. Lyn Perez says:

    So nice to hear from you. Think about you often. Glad to hear you are doing well. When there is silence we wander how you are doing.

  12. Lesley says:

    Thank you for your authentic sharing. It’s good to see some of my own thoughts put to paper! While it may not be cancer, we can all find ourselves in the “woe-is-me” state of mind. However, even those posts allow me to watch you work your way through the mire – and I find them instructive.

    I hope that your “peeking out your head” lifts your spirits. I’ve had periods of reclusion (I know you may question what my reclusion looks like!), but I’ve found joy in re-engaging.

    Please keep writing, sharing, engaging!

  13. Lisa Hoffman says:

    Dear David,

    I am SO glad you are back to blogging, Jollyblogger! Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Just take one day at a time. Blessings, Lisa Hoffman

  14. Lisa says:

    Hello David,

    Are you still Jollyblogging? Hope all is well. Blessings, Lisa

    2/9/2013

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