Author: Allyson Holland

Hard Words to Hear When You Live with Chronic Pain (Part 1)

I choose to believe that people mean well when they offer their opinions and advice. But even well-meaning people can cross boundaries and say words that should be kept to themselves when talking to people who are suffering from chronic physical pain. Here are some examples of things that have been said to me. Hard Words To Hear -At least you don’t have cancer. True, I don’t. You can’t compare two totally different medical conditions. -You don’t look like you’re in pain. In the words of Chuck Swindoll, “You can choose to be a drag and a burden, or an...

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Kind Words to Hear When You Live with Chronic Pain (Part 2)

When I was first diagnosed with RSD/CRPS I went to my friends. I explained to them that I had a rare neurological disease with no cure and no real treatment. I told them it would be a long-term commitment to stay in relationship with me as their friend with the challenges I would be facing. I shared that I needed to know up front if they would be willing to hang with me for the long haul and that it would be okay with me if they didn’t think they could stay the course, but I wanted to know....

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10 Ways to Serve Others Well

Your passion is pastoral care. When asked to shepherd a new Christian or a Christian who has hit some rough spots in life you consider it a privilege. You never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit and your role in the life of someone that God brings into your sphere of influence. Several thoughts to consider when serving people in the name of Christ. “If your gift is serving others, serve them well.” (Romans 12:7) 1. Point others to Jesus and away from yourself. “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30)...

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10 Reasons Why Writing Is Therapeutic

“You’re going to need to find a way to exercise your mind. Pain is zapping all your mental and emotional energy and you’re going to need to work at keeping your mind sharp.” These were the words of my pain management doctor when I was first diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) four years ago. I Lost My Ability To Read I was used to reading 3–5 books a week. Now I was unable to read at all and this lasted nearly three years, primarily due to an inability to focus and concentrate. In addition, I had comprehension issues. I...

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When Talking to God Becomes a Way of Life

“I live in a spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.” ~George Mueller I believe prayer is a lifestyle. Something that becomes a part of who you are every day without exception. Thoughts that are on your heart and in your mind, waiting to become words that are on the tip of your tongue, waiting to be spoken at a moments notice. Spoken at a moments notice directly to God. You want to talk to Him. You need to talk to Him....

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