We are all nice and snug at home, enjoying the mandatory break from appointments. PTL Mommy Daddy arranged over the phone to consult after a month, and I am SO GRATEFUL the Lord arranged the timing of this so I got the bulk of my medical rounds done BEFORE we went into seclusion. Chronic illness is already isolating, though, even if you see people regularly. Not to be negative – it’s just a fact. Which is why God taught me the discipline and joy of solitude in the 18 mo. prior to my illness, and why the constant divine dialogue persisted from my Old Life, through the Valley (not kidding ), and continues now: Reverence and comfort combined in an everyday conversation made possible by Christ – Great is the Mystery of Godliness. However, God’s pattern is also to reach humanity via humanity, and the kind and practical gifts of love and service have been so precious since I first got sick. The latest examples were my sweet friends who texted me this week like, Y’all need anything? Can I stop by with groceries? I may not be able to show my gratitude in an equally practical way, but I talk to God all about you and your thoughtfulness. And if you’re able, I encourage you to reach out (digitally) to anyone you know who might be feeling particularly alone. xoxoxo #avmsurvivor #strokesurvivor #lifeismysport #learninghowtolive #shreddedgrace

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