Author Archives: David Heflin

About David Heflin

I blog about topics related to the Christian faith and the struggle of chronic pain. I have ankylosing spondylitis and have dealt with chronic pain since 2011. I hope to provide support and community for those going along that same journey with me.

Don’t Rush To Easter Sunday

I am writing this post on Holy Saturday, a day that is engulfed by the anguish of Good Friday the day before and the victory of Easter the day after. On Friday, I began to see tweets and Facebook posts … Continue reading

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Conversation With Esther Smith

Esther has been a friend of our ministry for several years. She even contributed a chapter to our Leader’s Guide (session guide for support groups). Esther battles chronic pain and is an LPC, who uses her professional expertise and personal … Continue reading

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Conversation with Emily Maurits

An interview with Emily Maurits: “I was convicted that if I knew God to be good and kind (which I did) I had no choice but to trust that he was doing something through this situation, and wasn’t sending it just to bring suffering.” Continue reading

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Chronic Pain and Losing Control

I decided to take charge of my health. In early 2011, my 35th birthday quickly approached. I don’t know what came over me, but I couldn’t be satisfied with the fact that I recently enrolled in martial arts classes. I’ve … Continue reading

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What’s Coming In 2022!

I am excited to share our goals with you for this year. These are not merely resolutions that turn out to be pious wishes. We really do plan and pursue each of our goals! We met or exceeded each of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Broken and Mended

This website was previously only a blog, but slowly became a place where I could share information about how to join our local support group, even if you lived far away. But a lot of things happened in 2021, and … Continue reading

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Lamenting Travel Loss

Lament helps us to come to terms with what chronic illness and pain have cost us. Continue reading

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How Chronic Pain Changes Our Experience of Time

I am a student of the primary biblical languages (Hebrew/Greek). One of the differences between languages is how verbs reflect time. English is a very “tense” conscious language. One of the earliest concepts we learn as elementary students is the … Continue reading

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The Struggle For Women to Be Believed

I watched the entire Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry a few weeks back. I have learned the hard way that just because someone seems believable doesn’t mean they are telling the truth. But it surely still means … Continue reading

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Is Your Illness God’s Plan?

“The Bible is fairly resistance to giving answers as to why something terrible has happened. What is modeled is crying out to God in our distress and resolving to trust him when we don’t have answers.” Continue reading

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