April 23, 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]

God’s Strength Is Enough for You

A lot of people can quote the first half of 2 Corinthians 12:9, but I’m not sure how many actually understand the power and strength imparted in its fourteen words of divine promise. I didn’t, until I actually lived it for myself. I didn’t really understand until I’d been diagnosed with a life-altering illness. Until I had absolutely no more spoons. Until I was called to spend more than I had of energy, strength, and life. We probably all know the back story of this great promise. God had graciously chosen to allow the Apostle Paul to suffer some sort of chronic physical affliction, from which he desperately sought deliverance. Have you ever been there? Have you ever been to that [...Read More]

The Secret of Endurance

Once upon a time, there was a young boy named Joseph who was his father's favorite. He came from a large family -- eleven brothers (ten older, one younger) and one sister -- but he was the beloved one. He had all the richest comforts his father could provide, the best robes and the easiest work. He had been chosen above all the other sons to be his father's successor. He innocently (or perhaps naively) shared this knowledge with his siblings -- which, of course, made them jealous. After all, he was only a teenager. He hadn't done anything yet to prove his worth. But eventually they got so jealous, they sold him to some foreigners who happened to pass through the area. Suddenly he went [...Read More]

God of the Impossible

What are you facing right now that seems impossible? Maybe a health problem like cancer or infertility. Maybe an estranged loved one. Maybe a financial hurdle that seems insurmountable. Maybe a dream that seems to be dying a slow, painful death. We all have something, right? Some situation that looks impossible on paper. Something that feels hopeless or unredeemable. Abraham and Sarah must have felt like that. God had promised a child who would become "many nations," and yet He hadn't delivered. So they took matters in their own hands, and Abraham committed adultery with Hagar at the insistence of his wife. And they got a son -- but they also got more than that, as it brought a new [...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]

God Is Still Watching – Psalm 37

It’s hard to watch the news sometimes. So many reports of violent shootings, rapes, and murders; of men and women committing wicked acts against innocent loved ones; corruption in even the highest levels of our government; lies and greediness and just plain old sin. The past few months especially have been inundated with violence and rampant wickedness. We live in a world overrun with godlessness. And it’s only getting worse... But you know what? It’s nothing new. It’s not due to recent political developments or world crises. This godless, lawless world has been around for thousands of years – and so has wickedness. Ever since Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. Truly, there [...Read More]

It’s okay to grieve.

Before I start, can I just say a big thank you to all who responded to my posts last week? Both those who struggle with their own serious illness, and those who don't - all your notes and comments were such a blessing to me, and an encouraging reminder that we are never alone in our struggles! And I would love to keep hearing from more of you, so feel free to send me a message about your own story, if you'd like. As I was considering what to write about today, I kept thinking about the verses I'm memorizing in 1 Peter. In a way, it goes along with everything I wrote last week. But it's not just specific to chronic illness. It's for everybody. Because it's straight out of God's Word, and [...Read More]

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