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WPC Pulse: October 2015

WPC Pulse: October 2015

On a recent road trip, I discovered a new mental anthem – or at least a song that I’ve not been able to get out of my head for the last three weeks straight. Somehow it touched a cord and expressed something deep that I’d almost thought multiple times but never had the words to say (or at least never in a cool form that rhymed, which sometimes makes all the difference).

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WPC Pulse: September 2015

WPC Pulse: September 2015

Have you felt overwhelmed lately? Too much to do and too little time? Are you having trouble concentrating or even remembering things because you are so busy with life? I am sure you can answer yes to one or more of these questions because most people that I encounter these days, especially physicians, are overwhelmed. You may be overwhelmed with the office, EMR, family, church responsibilities or a combination of them all.

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WPC Pulse: August 2015

WPC Pulse: August 2015

Over the years, I’ve had patients describe to me how exhausted they feel caring for their elderly parents, even when they don’t live with them. Now I understand. When with them, I am constantly assessing how they’re managing, and I am watching for changes. When I’m away, any phone call could mean a disruption of my day or even a disaster. And if they don’t answer the phone when I call, I have to struggle not to panic.

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WPC Pulse: July 2015

WPC Pulse: July 2015

Where do you find YOUR strength? Recently, I was convicted while reading Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s devotional book Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love. One of her studies quoted Isaiah 30 and, as I read the old prophet challenging Israel, I was reminded of the contrast between a medical training view and a biblical view of strength.

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WPC Pulse: June 2015

WPC Pulse: June 2015

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2, ESV). I recently had the opportunity to do a five-week Bible study at my church entitled Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath by Priscilla Shirer. Point #1 was about the importance of taking a Sabbath each week for our spiritual health. But it was much more than the traditional “take Sunday off.”

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WPC Pulse: May 2015

WPC Pulse: May 2015

There are many things in this world to get addicted to, but I discovered a new one recently – jigsaw puzzles. Or rather one particular puzzle (if you’re interested, it’s a 1,000 piece Norman Rockwell “At the Doctor”) which combined seas of variegated gray-green with devilishly cunning piece arrangement – the better to mislead the unsuspecting puzzler. And all the symptoms of addiction were there: obsession, denial, loss of control, withdrawal from other more important activities. For about two weeks, when I closed my eyes, I saw gray-green.

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WPC Pulse: April 2015

WPC Pulse: April 2015

While studying the life of Moses this year in a small group Bible study, I have savored learning about Moses—his triumphs, his failures, his leadership skills, his intimate relationship with Yahweh and how he foreshadows the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. I studied expectantly these wonderful truths, yet I somehow felt distant from the Israelites and their plight. It was as if I thought I am too different as a Gentile believer, redeemed by grace, and on this side of the cross to truly identify with the Jewish people, freed from a life of slavery and traveling to the promised land.

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WPC Pulse: March 2015

WPC Pulse: March 2015

There is a definite lag time between what God is teaching me and what I have managed to learn, but—be that as it may—I think God is trying to teach me to slow down and include soul rest and relaxation in my list of daily essentials.

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WPC Pulse: January/February 2015

WPC Pulse: January/February 2015

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him” (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV 2011).

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WPC Pulse: December 2014

WPC Pulse: December 2014

God called me to be a missionary physician when I was 25 years old (all of us Christians are missionaries wherever we live). Eight years later, I am now in my second year of medical school at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. I thought that my long journey getting into medical school was difficult, but being here has taken the challenges to a whole new level – personally and academically. So if God has really called me to medicine, why have I been so miserable?

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WPC Pulse: November 2014

WPC Pulse: November 2014

“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?’” (Mark 8:34-36, ESV).

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WPC Pulse: October 2014

WPC Pulse: October 2014

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17a, NIV 1984). “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all’” (Proverbs 31:28-29, NIV 1984). My heart is full after the conference in Philadelphia. How amazing to meet and talk to other Christian female physicians who are living through similar experiences. But we are much more than that, many are wives and mothers. And we are daughters.

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WPC Pulse: September 2014

WPC Pulse: September 2014

“Is Jesus a part of your DNA?” This challenging question came to our group at the close of a recent Bible Study Episode I’m attending with my husband. “Whoa,” I thought, “That’s a pretty deep question.”

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WPC Pulse: August 2014

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“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32, NKJV). This has become a really important verse in my life over the last 10 or 15 years. I don’t know if any of you can relate, but I’ve had a bit of struggle with performance and with basing my identity on how much I was able to do. I’m not totally sure, but I think this started as a young child – maybe even at birth.

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WPC Pulse: July 2014

Flying Loaves July 10, 2018

Has anything like this ever happened to you: respond to an email that contained some personally sensitive information and find out weeks later that your email response was never received? Or you send an email with some personally important information and it never is read by the intended recipient? All of this because of a lost email.

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WPC Pulse: June 2014

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As a family physician, I see patients almost daily who are struggling with anxiety. If God is important to them, I usually challenge them to memorize Philippians 4:6-8: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (NIV 2011).

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WPC Pulse: May 2014

The Only Way July 24, 2018

Grace is Not a Blue-Eyed Blonde is the title of an old book. It talks about Christian grace in our daily living. Grace is not paramount in our society these days…nor is it often talked about in the church. What is grace? My dictionary has 21 different definitions or descriptions of grace. The grace I wish to have daily is theological grace: “a pleasing or attractive quality of the spirit of God manifested in my daily actions with people.”

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