Pressing On

Happy New Year!

I believe 2020 will be a great year.

Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve had ALS for twenty-three years. I’ve been on hospice for the last fifteen months, and in that time, I’ve had three close encounters with death. I don’t mean to make light of this, but I think you could say that I have one foot in the grave, and the other is on a banana peel. Knowing this, and reading that I’ve declared that 2020 is going to be a great year, you might be questioning the state of my mental health. I get it, but please hear me out.

I’ll admit that my mental health is not as good as it once was. I recently watched a movie for twenty minutes before realizing I’d seen it before. I don’t know if this is related to the ALS or just getting old. Regardless, I have total recall when it comes to the suffering that Mary and I have endured throughout this protracted trial. If the new year holds more suffering for me, bring it on! I am putting suffering on notice – you will not steal my peace, joy, and hope! If suffering results in my death this year, suffering still loses:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18).

I’ve made plans and goals for the new year – I’m pressing on!

“Whatever things were gain to me (my health, career, my ability to breathe on my own, eat and speak, and walk…), those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…” (Philippians 3:7-8).

I feel sorry for those who have all of their hopes invested in the things of this world. I hope and pray that my simple posts might draw them to Christ, and the Unshakable Hope that comes along with making a commitment to follow Him. That would be a great bonus for the time and effort I spend pecking out these posts on my eye-tracking computer. However, I feel called to encourage those going through difficult times. I think these are the people who can relate to my posts. I’m rededicating myself to this calling for 2020.

It’s kind of funny, but, in a sense, I feel that my body, which was perfectly healthy for the first thirty-six years of my life, has since been betraying me. I realize, of course, this isn’t the case, but I allow myself to believe this to motivate me. It’s payback time now – I’m going to punish this body by using every bit of the strength and energy left in it! The common sports metaphor for this is “leaving it all on the field.” I was on the swim team in high school, so in my case, it would be leaving it all in the pool. The Apostle Paul liked to use sports metaphors. In 1st Corinthians chapter 9, he compares the Christian life to running a race. Being very familiar with Greece, he was likely referring to the Olympics. He tells us to make our body “our slave” and “run in such a way that you may win.” Notice that in the following passage, Paul uses the phrase “press on” two times:

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14).

I hope you’ll join me in “forgetting what lies behind” “press on” to what lies ahead.

Happy New Year!

About Bill Sweeney

In 1996, Bill was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) and the doctors told him he had 3-5 years to live. He is now completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but by God’s grace, he’s still alive and through his blog shares a message of hope in Christ - Unshakable Hope!

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  1. You are an inspiration to me. Please stay in touch fellow brother in Christ. I would love to hear more about your walk with the Lord and how he has strengthened you. Please keep fighting the good fight and remember that you have salvation. You are saved! You will spend eternity in heaven with Christ Jesus and this life is just temporary. We are only sojourners in this wilderness. This world is owned by Satan and his cohorts. Remember that you are not of the flesh even though you are still in the flesh. I know you know all of these things but I am writing you a letter of encouragement. You have another Christian brother praying for you. God bless you Bill.

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  2. So motivating, Bill! Interestingly, Philippians 3:12-14 is a passage I recite at least twice a week; I loved hearing in the context of your journey. Also, I’ve referenced Romans 8:18 in my prayers numerous times with you in mind, dear brother.

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  3. Thank you very much for this great post! I really enjoyed reading it! I have recently published an article on the importance of hope and it’s role within society. If you have time, it would be great if you could check it out and let me know your thoughts! Thanks 🙂

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  4. Amen & Amen! My brother, you have TRULY encouraged me by this powerful & determined message! I’m believing with you for your complete healing in Christ Jesus’ name! Lord continue to uphold my brother with the right hand of your righteousness. Lord purify his mind and let your peace that passes ALL understanding reign in his heart mind and soul! Thank you Lord for doing it. We thank you in advance in Jesus name. Amen. Blessings & strength brother! 🙂

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  5. I love your courage and faith, not to mention perseverance! I think of you often as a barometer for long suffering in the face of illness. I’ve had some health challenges since October, so you’ve inspired me. I love what God is doing with illness. He uses every bit of bad for outstanding good. I’ve taken to declaring “Pain is my friend. I rejoice in suffering because Jesus suffered for me. I’m healed by his stripes in his perfect timing. I will wait patiently for Him.” This is part of my daily declarations, but also when I’m in pain or exhaustion and feeling frustrated or discouraged. Thank you for all I’ve learned from you. Your illness has not be wasted at al,l and I believe you will have a great 2020 whether here or with Jesus!

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  6. Bill, I have found enlightenment in so many of your post. I wanted you to know that I have passed on your blog link words to friends who could use your encouraging and perspective. Thank you for the blessings you share with so many. I‘ve come to believe that each of us have God given gifts to share and serve others for a greater purpose. You are using yours.😊 Thank you, Tonja Mulvey

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  7. Your light of faith, perseverance, and optimism shine incredibly bright, Bill! Praise God his peace and joy (and good sense of humor even!) reside in your heart, in spite of what you face day after day. I am SO thankful you are pressing on!

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  8. Hi, Bill!

    Your analogy with the sports metaphor (leaving it all on the field) hooked me bigtime. I agree–whether we have ALS or other human infirmities, that’s no reason not to go all-out. Especially as we reach the end of the race! Kudos for a race well-run, and for your ability and perseverance in putting so much of it into writing. Not just the historical details, but the landscape of your life and your family’s life with ALS. Happy New Year to all of you!

    Now I’m going to see whether the Philly Eagles know how to leave it all on the field today! 🙂

    Elouise

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  9. Thank you, Bill, for not only encouraging us, but for making us smile too. 🙂 I was on the track team in high school, so while you desire to “leave it all in the pool”, I desire to leave it all on the track.
    I’m reciting The Serenity Prayer to myself a lot these days as 2020 has some tough stuff scheduled for our family. I love the promises in God’s Word. Your post is timely.
    Blessings to you and Mary ~ Wendy Mac

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  10. Hi Bill, I don’t expect you to remember me–I’ve been offline for about a year, but I am so happy to have read your post tonight. Not happy for your suffering, but your faith and perseverance blesses my heart so very much. Thank you for pressing on and helping others to be enoucraged to do the same. Prayers for you and your family. Happy New Year! 2020 really is going to be a great year.

    God bless!
    Debbie

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  11. Gwen Casperson

    Dear Bill,
    As many others have said before me …..you are and continue to be an inspiration!
    I have enjoyed your blog and also people’s responses. Not only are you an encouragement to me but also others who have shown an outpouring of love and support back. I am amazed by all the connections that have been made. There is no doubt in my mind that God is at work in all of this.
    My brother doesn’t have a computer so I copy some of your posts and send it snail mail to him. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness and I know suffering is in the cards for him. May he be encouraged also by your blog and receive the unshakeable hope that God has given you.
    Thank you Bill and may you be encouraged by all those that love you without ever having met you!!!
    God Bless you, Mary, and family in this new year!

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    • Thank you, Gwen. Like you, I am greatly encouraged by the comments on my posts. Because I’m a shut-in, this blog is like a community for me and I am thankful for the friends I’ve made.
      I’m so sorry about your brother. I am praying for him.

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  12. Happy New year Bill. Reading your posts are an encouragement and blessing to me always. Thank you for your perseverance, your faith and your journey that you share with us. I pray that you feel the Lord’s presence leading and guiding you in this year.

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  13. Thank you Bill, for a wonderfully encouraging and inspirational post. The title reminds me of so much. Any real Christian begins identifying with the sentiment of Paul’s eternal words early on in his or her walk. They are also special to me because of the great news 40 years ago that Bob Dylan gave his heart to the Lord. He wrote some great music in that time so long ago now, and one of them was his take on that passage in Philippians. His music from the album isn’t available but this choir does a great job. Be blessed Bill and Mary:

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  14. Thanks for sharing Bill, your faith is truly rooted in the hope and promise of Christ, and I know your words don’t fall on deaf ears. May God bless you and continue to use your testimony to bless others. He’s not done with you yet, in fact, He’s not done with any of us.

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  15. Bill, we are with you, praising the Lord all the way to glory!

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  16. Great post! I believe that 2020 is going to be a great year as well…come what may. We’ve got the same mindset: the heart is set on things above. 😊

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  17. Bill, your gifts of encouragement, humor, and communication are strong and mighty; and your vision is clear. May you and Mary and your home and family be surrounded by the great peace of The Most High God. Maranatha!

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  18. How encouraging is this! I was just doing my daily devotional (thank you and Mary again for it) and it was also talking about forgetting the past and staying close to God for the plans he has made for us in this coming year. I was just praying to get through the holidays without going insane, trying to map out my new life, but then I just found that stepping back and not trying to force anything new, I had more peace and calm and was able to enjoy Christmas and the New Year on my own knowing that the Lord was with me, calming me, every step of the way. Thank you for your “pressing on”. I look upon your blog as an encouragement and hope in my journey. Thank you again. I pray you will press on and soar beyond your wildest dreams! Love to you and Mary…and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  19. Great post as always Bill. Happy New Year!

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  20. Reblogged this on Gerald the Writer and commented:
    I can’t describe the journey and faith of Bill and Mary Sweeney, but here’s a post to read for yourself. So encouraging.

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  22. Powerful post Bill. A true testimony of God working through you to strengthen all of us for the trials of life.

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  23. “We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem!

    Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun. Tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ. Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul’s range of delight. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God! —Spurgeon

    “I want to scale the utmost height,
    And catch a gleam of glory bright;
    But still I’ll pray, till heaven I’ve found,
    Lord, lead me on to higher ground!”

    Not many of us are living at our best. We linger in the lowlands because we are afraid to climb the mountains. The steepness and ruggedness dismay us, and so we stay in the misty valleys and do not learn the mystery of the hills. We do not know what we lose in our self-indulgence, what glory awaits us if only we had courage for the mountain climb, what blessing we should find if only we would move to the uplands of God. —J. R. M

    “Too low they build who build beneath the stars.”

    This earth quickly fades as this life’s brevity runs its course. We all have but a short time to turn the sands of earth into heaven’s pavement. The God of all righteousness renders to each the eternal compensations for the trials endured.

    “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy”
    James 5:11

    May the “End of the Lord” be your portion in the present as it surely is to be in the life to come.

    Blessings
    BT

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  24. rubycommenting

    I am sorry that your health isn’t the best but it does sound like you have good people in your life who love you. I’m the opposite. My health is pretty good but I seem to lack nice people who actually care. That’s one reason I follow your blog, you are a nice person! I did meet this girl Rose whom I get along with really well. I tell her my problems and she says, People are nasty. I think she’s right. For the most part, they are. Every now and then, you find a nice one. I’m trying to build a support network as I lack social support. I see myself as being too nice a person, nice no matter what and that has to stop because then I’m just a victim for abuse. I think if I go in to any new relationship realizing it could just be another nasty person I will be pleasantly surprised when they’re not. Take care.

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    • I’m sorry you don’t have a good support network. I am so thankful that we are surrounded by people who love us. I hope you can make some new friendships with people who will love you unconditionally. Thank you for your comments.
      Happy New Year!

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  25. Dear Bill and Mary,
    “Press on” you say. “Press On” indeed! Everyday, when I say my prayers and I speak out the names of those that I lift up to God, I literally pause when I come to you and Mary, because it’s like the fog clears when I speak your names and I can see everything from a different perspective, a little clearer, where priorities take on a new clarity. And I was feeling a little heavy with what lies ahead for my wife and I, physical and mental limitations are definitely increasing and the diminishment of our strength and endurance are becoming more self evident. Yet, in spite of these observations, we continue to be given grace for each single day and His grace is a continuous testimony to God, of His enduring love.

    And then, this day, right at the start of this New Year, you write this post (which in itself is amazing) and the fog lifts once again. There is of course, no way in which I could ever come to truly understand what the two of you have and do endure, but I can tell you that it matters, it matters greatly. The two of you are beacons, that shine light for the rest of us to see and I am so grateful for the testimony that you live. God only knows what lies before us all this coming year but regardless of what it is, He is more than able to bring us home to Himself and ultimately, because He the very essence of love, that is what it is all about. Because of His love, we have been redeemed through His Son.

    So I’m hoping you stay with us all a little longer, because I selfishly need the light that the two of you give, but if you don’t, we understand and we will rejoice that you are home. One day, one glorious day, we who believe and trust in God shall all stand together and praise God in His glory. But in the interim, I just wanted to say Thank You, thank you for the light that the two of you give and for encouraging all of us to “press on”. Somehow, what lies ahead, just got a little brighter.

    God’s continued grace and blessings to you and yours for this New Year.
    – Bruce

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  26. and a huge Thank You!!

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  27. I was feeling very sorry for myself because my new neighbors are driving me crazy. I read your article and was filled with a sense of strength and hope. I can not change their behavior but I can most certainly change how I react to it. I had forgotten that tonight until reading your words of faith and fortitude. You fight a mighty battle and in doing so, you lend your strength to those of who are truly lacking your strengths.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  28. What an awesome post, Bill. I know about leaving things. I just gave up my three times a week mall walking. I miss the fellowship. Although I’ve pushed myself to eat as much as I can, I am now into tube feeding for the majority of my nutrition. I don’t mind it except I do love the taste of food, especially chocolate. You’ve been on this road and for everything we leave behind, there are more amazing things to take their place. Maybe not right away, but it’s coming. It’s the ‘waiting for’ that’s hard.
    I hope 2020 is a great year for both of us.

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  29. Bill and Mary,
    I love forward to each of your posts, and I cannot imagine all that the two of you have been through.
    Yet you make laugh, and you let me see the side of you that is not ALS. I imagine that whatever you did in your life as a career you must have been successful in it.
    Thank you for always encouraging me and others through your words and thoughts.

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    • Thank you, Nancy. I have to be honest, our life has many challenges. We’ve learned the hard way that the line between laughing and crying is as thin as a hair. We do try to laugh, but it’s difficult at times. Happy New Year!

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  30. Amen! I can relate to the swimming metaphor as well, former high school and collegiate swimmer here. I’m thankful for what my body could do then, but in my weaknesses now, God is glorified! May we move into 2020 ready to race with endurance!

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  31. Happy New Year Bill! Thanks for the inspiration you continue to pass along to others. It means so much. You are a true example of how one can face anything when God lives inside them! Many blessings to you and your family!!

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  32. Bill, who doesn’t love you and Mary? You are both beacons and lampposts for the Body of Christ. My dear brother, with “one foot in the grave” you are way ahead in this race with a rare view and vantage point… what a ministry and high calling to encourage, exhort and cheer on those behind you!
    Perhaps before us, you’ll be in the King’s presence. Yes dear brother, let’s press on!

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  33. As usual, I love this and everything you write. When you remind us you are in hospice, my heart gets so heavy – and yet you are on your way to the prize! I can’t wait to meet you there. Both of us free from tubes and wheelchairs – soaring through the air. Our hearts and mouths will be filled with laughter. Wow – just thinking about it fills me with an inexplicable joy and lightheartedness. See you there, my dear friend. Can’t wait!

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  34. Amen! Thank you for this encouragement and motivation. Happy New Year! You are in my prayers.

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  35. I think this is my favorite post of yours. Leaving it all in/on the whatever of our lives is inspiring to me! I can do that … in my case leave it in the sink 🙂 Thanks, Bill for all you do and are. Happy New Year to you and Mary!

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  36. Thank you for such an uplifting post to start the new year. I will do my best to follow your example and press on to whatever lies ahead for me in the new year.

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  37. Theresa Schrock

    Wow! Pressing on!!! There’s fire in them there Words! I love it! I’m “praying on” for you to continue “pressing on!”
    Thank you so much for the encouragement and the joy your post brings! ❤️
    Happy New Year!

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  38. I’m with you Bill. Bring it on, Lord, so that I may give you glory! (Happy New Year!)

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  39. Happy New Year
    We serve an awesome God who remembers all of the things we do to share his love. He remembers every blog post you have written. Prayed for God to work through your blog and for you.

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  40. That’s it Bill, press on. It is so wonderful to read your post. Your testimony is inspiring and powerful. Great to hear from you, God bless you and your family. The new year has much in store.

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  41. Love your spirit.I hope this year brings u happiness and good health

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  42. Betsy Davis Butler- Paula’s old friend

    Bill- You are a blessing to so many! Thank you for your continued encouragement. I pray this year brings you all…

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  43. Your story is always so encouraging! I have a friend who has a broken heart, many surgeries and a pacemaker to keep it running. She just went through two more to replace a failing lead. She’s also had her colon removed due to other complications. Still, she presses on. I shared your blog with her today. I hope it encourages her the way both of your stories encourage those who follow you!

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  44. Happy– Blessed– New Year, Bill! I’ve shared this on Facebook.

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  45. Happy New Year! Your writing filled my heart with hope. I am thankful for you♥️

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  46. Happy New Year, Bill! You inspire me with your tenacity and faith. Keep on pressing on, and pray hard!

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  47. Happy New Year to you! You’ve given such an inspiring Word and charge for this year. Thank you so much! God Bless you ❤️

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  48. I think it may be fair to say that we tend to take life-supporting and enhancing abilities (taste, breathing, walking, scratching an itch) for granted until it’s gone. Then gratitude kicks in unless we have the blessing of learning grace, generally from someone who has found victory over loss. Thank you. By the way, I have read many chapters of a book, and been way more than 20 minutes into a movie before realizing I’d read/ seen it before. I’m not worried. Happy New Year to you and yours!🎆

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  49. Your passion is so encouraging, Bill! I find it so easy to whine about the things that make my life inconvenient or uncomfortable–and you have lived with the inconvenient and uncomfortable more than I can imagine. And are still putting it all on the line for Jesus. For the truth and wonder of the Gospel. Hard times will happen–Jesus promised we’d have troubles and tribulations. But He has indeed overcome the world. We operate from the place of victory, top tier on the winner’s stand. I so appreciate your ability to cling to His truth and grace, His love and mercy. Thank you for sharing the journey so honestly and without holding back. You minister to so many more than you know. May 2020 be your year of Jubilee in so many ways, my friend–true freedom in Him no matter what your circumstances.

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  50. Bill, you are such a wonderful blessing and encouragement to so many! I find myself sharing your story often with others. God bless you and Happy New Year!

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  51. You are a man of great courage, Bill. May we all find the grace to follow your lead. Blessings to you and Mary both as you face the challenges of this New Year!

    With love,

    A. ❤

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  52. God’s Blessings Bill, to you and Mary, as you continue into 2020 praising, serving, and sharing our Lord Jesus.
    You are truly an inspiration, and a blessing, thank you.

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  53. Happy New Year, Bill. May God grant you grace and strength to “leave it all on the field.” You are regularly in my prayers.

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  54. Rebecca Turner Gonzales

    Love it!! Just shared it and the tree blog with Ken & Lisa Abraham ♥️

    Happy new year Bill. So proud to be your friend….love, Becky

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  55. Reblogged this on a Word with Mindy and commented:
    An incredible man with a huge heart and joy for living, no matter the tremendous obstacles in his way. What an inspiration to us all!

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  56. This is my year of what lies ahead as well – 2020 will be a good year. Love you and will see you in a few weeks. Looking at flights today. happy New year

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  57. What a blessing to have such faith and share it! God bless you!

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  58. Reblogged this on Flatlander Faith and commented:
    Another inspiring post from Bill Sweeney.

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  59. I join you! Press on in 2020!
    You are such a beautiful, hearty inspiration to everyone who reads what you labor to type so triumphantly! May God make you to flourish in every way He plans this New Year of 2020 ❤

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  60. A blessed New Year to you and your incredible wife, Mary, as well as the rest of the family.

    Long ago, I heard a speaker encouraging us to live each day. Don’t waste time in regret, hopeless longings, useless pursuits. She had a lot of good things to say, but I’ve distilled into that one sentence: Live each day.

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  61. Your words carry so much weight as you wait on the Lord. I’m not really the pressing on type, and yet, who cares, I will press on! Thank you Bill!

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  62. I’m with you Bill! We’re pressing towards the mark and we’re not slowing down.

    This new decade is a great reminder to us all to work while it is day, because the night is coming.

    Like you, let’s give it all we have for our Savior.

    Blessings to you and your family my friend.

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  63. I am so excited for this year!! Standing with you!

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    • Thank you, Lori. Are you writing another book this year?

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      • Yes I hope to have one out by spring. I am so excited for the next two books, a two volume set. They are being written for prisoners or anyone struggling with strongholds, imprisoned without bars. Each book stands alone complete by itself, but when read together they flow as one as well. Even though I know the messages well, I was in tears when I read them through. The Lord’s compassion and love is revealed so strong through the messages, I was overwhelmed. I can’t hardly wait to get them done!
        Thanks for asking, as you can see I am pretty excited about it 🙂

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  64. What an outlook you have. Although it IS very inspiring, I’m struggling to do the same. MY struggles aren’t physical, more like a struggle with depression and feeling like a failure at everything. Thank you, though, for being so strong so that others will see they can conquer anything when we cling to His Word.

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  65. Amen Bill! You are a great encouragement to me in my fight against Celiac! Thank you for this message of hope and joy! May our suffering never steal our joy and may the Lord strengthen us to press on in Jesus! My prayers are always with you! God bless you and your family abundantly! Happy New Year!

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  66. What an absolute joy to read your post. I pray 2020 brings you healing and health in new areas. Thank you for your encouragement, your perseverance, your steadfast unmovable faith, your tenacity inspires me. What a legacy of hope in the face of affliction. God bless you my brother.

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  67. PS May I share this post with my friends?

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  68. You have already left a legacy and path for others to follow! Well done. I envy you because you seem so close to your finish line, which is only the beginning of an unimaginable glory. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be and abide with you until Christ comes to take you home.

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  69. Bill, thank you for starting our year with such profound observations and thoughts. Your insights and priorities – and your way with words (“I have one foot in the grave, and the other is on a banana peel.”) are proof enough to me that your mental ability isn’t going anywhere! My admiration goes out to you for being able to do what few people can do – see our bodies in the light of eternity. They are not our enemies, but neither are they to be relied upon. I know of no one who knows that better than you do.
    Blessings in the new year, and as always, I look forward to meeting you. 😉

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