Most people equate the term, Medical Missions with organizations like Doctors Without Borders, Samaritan’s Purse, and other groups dedicated to alleviating suffering in poverty-stricken third world countries.

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And although countless individuals devote their lives to making the world a better place and providing hope to the hopeless, that’s means nothing without the truth.

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Gwen and I had planned a trip for months. It was a dream vacation to Maui, something we had hoped to do for years.


The morning we were to leave for the airport, our alarm didn’t go off and we were late getting out of bed. In fact, we were awakened by the limo pulling up to the house in Home Alone style.

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I sat quietly in my car, parked in the garage.


In the past I’d learned that giving myself a moment to think cleared my head, but this time I couldn’t get it together.

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My Post on Caringbridge Seven years ago today — Jul 21, 2008 10:03pm. 

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The past twenty-four hours have marked the most difficult period of my life. It has been impossible to control Gwen’s pain, breaking through the IV medications even at the highest dosages.

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“What people see when they look at us is how we respond to difficulties, how we behave when it really matters. Is our faith grounded, or do we fall apart when trouble comes our way? I will do what He has called me to do, and pray for His grace and His mercy. We praise God, not for the expected results, but for the situation just as it is. Praise is not based on what we think, or hope will happen in the future.”

~ Gwen: Her private journal, just before she died


July 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

I posted this in my journal seven years ago today, July 17th, 2008 at 10:53pm.  


The night was fairly quiet with several urgent pain injections to get through.

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Perseverance is defined as the steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.

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But more than just a determination to press forward, perseverance has been a required characteristic of successful men and women throughout history.

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Marriage counselors, some of them proposing to be Christians, place more importance on assigning blame and assessing penalties than understanding the root of the problem. 

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When there are difficulties in a marriage, one or the other in the couple is assumed to be at fault. This is a dangerous and ill-conceived starting point.

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A number of years ago, after a particularly destructive turn in our financial lives, my wife bought me a plaque and instructed me to hang it on the wall where I could see it every day for the rest of my life.

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Because the prose is copyrighted, I cannot post it here. But since it has been an inspiration to me in the most desperate of situations, I find that it is once again appropriate to view the encompassed concept.

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July 7, 2015 — Leave a comment

As a young father, my life was filled with responsibilities. I wanted to earn a good wage, climb the allusive corporate ladder, and support my family well. I wanted them to have the best.

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It was more than making ends meet. Work meant providing a way of life that was over the top, and in many ways unrealistic. The cost was high.

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