Sunday, March 18, 2018

This Blog's New Location

In Darkness Sing
It's only been a 6-year process (don't ask), but I am so very excited to unveil tonight. It's finally live!

Go enjoy. :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Why Given Me A Thorn Blog Was Shut Down

Back in May I disabled this blog for several months as I prayed about what to do with it. I had just undergone a solid week of intensive counseling and realized my lifetime mindset, the focus of this blog, had been more about my thorns than about the Rose of Sharron, Jesus Christ. Yes, he has been my Lord since childhood, yet I was more prone to focus on the crashing waves and trying to live my life in a way that would glorify God through the pain, rather than with my eyes firmly set on Jesus Himself and let Him unfold His grace through a life lived for Him, regardless of circumstances. Perhaps this seems like a minor semantical change, but it is a profound heart shift in me!

Starting with the very first day in my week in ministry (and continuing to this day), as I experienced significant and unexpected physical healing in several areas, I was so overwhelmed with God's goodness that I didn't have a heart for this blog anymore. If fact, the "Given Me A Thorn" book title is no longer in my plans at all. Yes, I still plan to write address the times we ask for healing and it does not come (as is still my case in some significant areas), but my title, focus, and perspective has simply been changed by the reality that I am defined by Jesus not by my thorns.

Found on Facebook. Would dearly like to credit the artist if anyone can provide the source, please?
Reminds me of the Butterflies and Battle Boots article I wrote.

I am restoring public viewing of this blog as, within the past week, I have has three needs for public access to some of the health resources previously posted here. The "flavor" of this blog will remain focused on Christians and chronic illness, yet my tone will likely be much more in keeping with my current book title, Harvesting Hope From Heartache.

Please "like" my "Jennifer Saake, author" page at for ongoing updates on all my writing news. :) I need a few thousand likes to demonstate "platform" to potential book publishers and currently only have a few hundred, so please help and pass the need along in your illness support circles!

Why I Wear Combat Boots

Friday, December 2, 2016

Through Thorny Ways

From an old hymn:

"Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. 
Leave to thy God to order and provide, 
who through all changes faithful will remain. 
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly, Friend 
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Knowing that illness can be a joy stealer, praying peace for your heart and a spirit of thankfulness today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HashTag ThisIsChronicIllness

It is national Invisible Illness Awareness Week.
I was prompted to share raw footage of my morning:

After watching this clever, poignant and entertaining clip yesterday:

An hour later, I recorded Part 2 of my morning:

As a video link, in words, whatever, please share your experience with hidden illness in the comments!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What Was Paul's Thorn?

A wonderfully concise, yet informational, explanation of Paul's thorn can be found on the Blue Letter Bible website. Excellent study synopsis!