April 21, 2018

Peace in the Midst of Your Storm

Wildfires raging out of control in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Catastrophic record-breaking flooding in Texas. Severe threats from Irma across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. How can you find peace when you lift up your eyes and all you see is orange sky and smoke-covered sun? When you wade through chest-high water to find your home of thirty years destroyed beyond repair? When injury and loss capture every waking moment? Life gets turned upside-down and there’s nothing anyone can do to make things right again. No amount of time or money can replace what's been lost. No amount of comfort can fill that emptiness of grief. How can there be peace in the midst of [...Read More]

What If God Chooses Not to Heal?

We've been talking about seeking physical healing lately, and have covered the basic means God has provided for us to seek it. But what if we do all those things, and yet God chooses not to heal us? We may be persistent and passionate in our prayers. We may remain strong in belief, sound in doctrine, and steadfast in faith. We may seek God’s help first and medicinal help second. We may even patiently wait with a confident expectation that God will heal. Yet all this does not guarantee healing. All this does not determine whether God will remove our afflictions. When He does choose to heal, the healing is merely temporary — death has spread to all of us, because we are all sinners. Yet [...Read More]

He Who Keeps You

When you feel hopeless or helpless... When you feel utterly alone... When your heart breaks... When you shrink under fear... When you almost drown in grief... When you fall down again and again... When you can't see the light... When you're blinded by the pain... When you need courage, refuge, hope... Look to Jesus. He is your creator, your light, your shield. He who keeps you will never falter. He will cherish you in His everlasting arms. Know someone who needs this comfort today? Tweet about it! Psalm 121, Psalm 84:11 [...Read More]

Who Is God?

Who is your God? (click here to read part 1) Our view of God colors our view of circumstances, of people, and of life itself. So what is your view of God? And how does it compare to what God Himself says He is? Let's look at a few attributes of God which are detailed in His Word: God is unchanging. He is the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. He is called our rock, an immovable part of nature which remains stable, even when the land or sea around it is tumultuous and wind-blown.  This is the very basis of His nature – for if He changed from one day to the next, how could we trust anything else about Him? He is eternally the [...Read More]

Runaways

It's a blessing to have friends to help out when your own load is a little too heavy. And it's an extra-special blessing when those friends are firmly planted in God's Word and able to share His timeless wisdom and life-giving encouragement. Barefoot Hippie Girl is one of those friends, and I'm honored to share her words with you once again. ******************************************** Last week, on Facebook, I kind of bragged that I had most of my own posts written already for the upcoming week. And Elizabeth asked me if I wanted to write a post for her. It took me all of about 2 seconds to say yes. Then I wondered just what I was going to write about.  But, I prayed about it, and God [...Read More]

Comfort from Psalm 63

If you need extra encouragement today, spend some time in Psalm 63. Meditate on it. Pray it back to God. Let it be your heart's cry to your Savior. Cling to Him. And find comfort in the shadow of His wings. Read Psalm 63   Share with me! What's your favorite Psalm of comfort?   [...Read More]

Your Very Own Shepherd

I've always loved Psalm 23. There's so much comfort packed into 6 little verses. It's beautiful and reassuring, but it also reminds us where our focus should be. It puts this life into perspective.   The LORD is your shepherd. The one who spoke our universe into existence, the great King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who is holy and awesome and mighty and powerful -- HE is YOUR very own shepherd! He leads you, and guides you, and cares tenderly for you. Isaiah 40:11 tells us that "He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Isn't that a tender picture? And it's [...Read More]

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