Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness — so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?

ACEs Too High

ADonnaDadWhen I was twelve, I was coming home from swimming at my neighbor’s dock when I saw an ambulance’s flashing lights in our driveway. I still remember the asphalt burning my feet as I stood, paralyzed, and watched the paramedics take away my father. It was as if I knew those flashing lights were a harbinger that my childhood was over.

At the hospital, a surgeon performed “minor” elective bowel surgery on my young dad. The surgeon made an error, and instead of my father coming home to the “welcome home” banners we’d painted, he died.

The medical care system failed my father miserably. Then the medical care system began to fail me.

At fourteen, I started fainting. The doctors implied I was trying to garner attention. In college I began having full seizures. I kept them to myself, fearful of seeming a modern Camille. I’d awaken on the floor drenched…

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Sing Praises To The Lord

Daily Christian Devotionals

Sing out your praises to the one true King. Praise the Lord in Song. Shout Hosanna with all your soul. Give glory to our Lord Jesus. He is the one true God who gives us life abundant. Through His grace we are saved to life eternal. All those that come to know Him personally will be found worthy in His sight. All it takes is a broken heart and a willingness to follow Him. Take His hand and let Him guide your every move. Be one in Christ Jesus. He will take you deeper, each day that you seek Him. We are made new because of Jesus. He holds our heads up. He makes us stronger each day. He reminds us who we are.

My help is in the Lord. He is my hope and my strength. My trust is in Jesus. Through repentance I’ve discovered His mercy. His forgiveness…

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We Are Made New

Daily Christian Devotionals

The Lord calls us closer each day. He wants to be in our lives. Do we have an ear to hear Him? Jesus is beckoning us to follow Him. Seek Him and you shall find Him. There is a promise that if we believe in Him we shall be saved. For He is our Savior and Judge. If we give in to His love, He will do a miracle in our lives. We will be made new. He will restore our soul. Our sins will be forgiven. We are washed clean in His sight. We are redeemed through His blood. Though we don’t deserve it, He has compassion on us. We are made alive in Christ the Lord. Our past addictions have been given over to God. We are no longer enslaved by sin. We long to be with Jesus. We’ve found joy that never ends. Call on the Name…

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Are You Christian?

Daily Christian Devotionals

How can we call ourselves Christians if our hearts are in the pleasures of the world. Just by going to church will not save us. We need to be convicted by the Word of God to be saved. We must develop a relationship with the Lord in prayer. There needs to be a change in our hearts. We must be born again and rid ourselves of all envy. We must tear down our pride. We must give our addictions to Jesus. We must learn to hate sin. The Lord has died for each of us. His blood was spilt for the redemption of mankind. We must pick up our cross and follow Him. The Lord is our light and will lead us safely home if we believe in Him. Give up what is holding you back. Cry out for mercy in sincere repentance. Let the healing hands of Jesus bring…

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God Is With Us

Daily Christian Devotionals

The Lord surely loves His children. There isn’t anything He wouldn’t do for us. He watches over us daily. He walks by our side and keeps us safe. His love radiate in all the hearts of His faithful. We can know that He is there through the Spirit of God. Tears of joy will stream down our face when His joy encompasses us. He loves us so much. For this reason He guides our lives and lets us know when we are off track. He speaks truth to our minds that we may know how to live. Once we are born again in Christ Jesus there are no chains that can hold us down. We are set free through the blood of the Lamb. All of our sins are washed clean. We are made pure in His sight. His healing is for all. His love endures all things.

God does…

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The Lord Blesses Our Families

Daily Christian Devotionals

The Lord has plans for each of us. He makes time for us. Let Him take you to new places you’ve never been before. Let Him mold you into a person He ought you to be. Through His mercy we can be washed clean. Come to know the Lord and let Him do a marvelous work in your life. Carry forth the love of Christ in your daily life. Seek His presence often that you may know how to live. Study the Bible and learn how to live a good life. Apply the things you’ve been taught and grow in the Spirit of God. The Lord is an almighty God. Come to Him in worship and give Him praise. Honor Him by the way you live your life and treat others. Trust in the Lord and He will make you fruitful. Your marriage will flourish. Your children will grow up…

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Receive Jesus As Lord

Daily Christian Devotionals

All we sinners need the light of Christ for salvation. The outcome of sin is spiritual death. In the moment we commit sin, we have left the Lord. The Spirit cannot dwell in sin. When we are under the effects of our transgression we can easily make more mistakes. Things can get out of hand quickly if we don’t do something to stop it. Our thoughts can quickly turn to lust if we aren’t protected by the Holy Spirit. It is only through prayer and reading the Bible, will we know how to live. If those things are absent in our lives we are more likely fall under temptation. When we hurt others it is our flesh acting out. If the Lord was with us we’d be loving one another. We’d know the very things that affect others for good and bad. If Jesus isn’t in our hearts than lives…

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We Are Forgiven

Daily Christian Devotionals

As we accept the Lord Jesus into our hearts, we must call on His Name often in prayer. We must never forget the day He rescued us. He will be there to lift us up when we are at our weakest. He knows the temptations will be more fierce when we are alone. We must be strong in the Lord and lift Him up often. If He is in our hearts, He will be our shield when temptation strikes. If we just go about our day, doing our own thing, than it will be easier to fall. We are at our weakest when we don’t have a prayer in our heart. This is when sin becomes more appealing to the flesh. Satan sees us in these moments and feeds on our weaknesses. Soon, the ways of the world become attractive to our soul. We get reminders of how greats it…

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Do Not Covet What Is Not Yours

Daily Christian Devotionals

It’s amazing the things people do to get their way in life. Some people lie just to get what their heart desires, no matter the consequence. It doesn’t matter that there won’t be much money left for food for their family’s sake. Their family suffers and are left in need because of these bad choices. Greed makes us inconsiderate of others needs. Choices are made for the sake of the person only, even if it hurts another. Imagine if your grandfather was old and partially blind and before his death he wanted to divide his inheritance to his kids and grandkids. However, there was one of your brothers that was going to get something you wanted. Would you go so far as disguise yourselves appearance, scent and voice just to obtain your brothers inheritance? Most of you would say no, and I am grateful you are putting God first. However…

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If We Love Jesus We Will Change Our Lives

Daily Christian Devotionals

If we love Jesus we will change our lives for Him. We will do what it takes to get right with God. Paul, the Apostle, listed out many things that will impede us from entering the kingdom of God. Let us examine our hearts to see where we stand with God while reading this scripture.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Do you practice any of these things above? If so come to the Lord with it. Do the necessary things to change your life. Accept Jesus in your heart. Let Him wash away that sin that…

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