Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Laundry, Writing, Pain, Stinking Thinking

This video went out to my Facebook.com/StrokieGal followers on the 25th (benefit of following that page!) but I know not all of my blog followers have FB, so here you go. :)

On Monday I shared some writing updates, cross-posted to several other of my blogs, Hannah's Hope (infertility, miscarriage and adoption loss book, published NavPress, 2005), Harvesting Hope from Heartache (book in progress, praying to complete and submit for publication soon), and InfertilityMom (personal updates, primarily motherhood after infertility / loss).

Last week, I talked about the dreaded hospital pain scale and how to use it when chronic pain clouds your perspective. Find these thoughts on my chronic pain/illness blog at Given Me a Thorn.

In my personal life, God's been challenging me to grow in my prayer life and personal relationship with Him. Faith, trust, grace, patience.

I'm really trying to:
and replace my gripes with praise!

Finding the balance between focusing SO MUCH on my eternity that I cannot embrace the here and now, and trying so intently to be fully present in each moment of this life that I easily get bogged down in the struggles and sorrows, is an ongoing balancing act for my soul. 

My focus verses in this area are Philippians 4:8 

and Colossians 3:2.

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