Suffering ~ Not Abandoned

You never come to your suffering empty-handed. You always drag a bag full of experiences, expectations, assumptions, perspectives, desires, intentions, and decisions into your suffering. What you think about yourself, life, God, and others will profoundly affect the way you interact with and respond to the difficulty that comes your way. This is why the writer…

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Crisscrossing Grace

I kept crisscrossing God’s grace for years without recognizing it for what it was. I didn’t believe God cared. I believed in bootstrapping effort. I believed in coincidental circumstances. I believed in a world where abandonment and rejection was the rule not the exception. But a God of loving grace? I couldn’t relate to the…

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Fifteen Minutes A Day!

Yep, that’s all. Just fifteen minutes each day, for a month, and you will not believe how much information from the Bible you will begin to assimilate. In simple, easy-to-remember steps, Max Anders book, 30 Days To Understanding The Bible, will show you how to to organize each category of information, take each piece, and…

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Dreamers Harvest Joy, Joy, Joy!

Those who sow their tears as seeds will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee. Psalm 126 I used to say, “I’ve cried enough dreamer’s tears in my life to float a battleship.” I did not think of tears as something good. I looked at my tears as shameful weakness. Something to do in private,…

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Longer Is Better Because…

How much longer must I cling to this constant grief?     I’ve endured this shaking of my soul.     So how much longer will my enemy have the upper hand?     It’s been long enough! Take a good look at me, God, and answer me!     Breathe your life into my spirit.     Bring light to my eyes in this…

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Where Is The God of Elijah?

When I am in deep distress, and I have been waiting a long time, and it seems like my sky has turned to brass? I ask the question, “Where is the God of Elijah?” Then I turn to scripture. To remind myself. “God-Enthroned, be revealed in splendor as you ride upon the cherubim! How perfectly you lead…

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A Tale of Two Emails

I stumbled to my laptop. “Might as well read my emails.” I thought. You see, I woke up this morning after one of those nights. Fitful sleep. A night filled with weary tossing and turning, in my mind—and in my heart. I was haunted by faces. Stony faces from yet one more encounter with folks…

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Life Trashed? Who Is Our God?

When your life gets trashed ask yourself, “Who is our God?” (It can change everything.) And I’ll give you a hint… Our God is the God who saves! I don’t care what your circumstance might be. God can change it. He can make it over into something beautiful. He can make you over. Chuck Swindoll…

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When God Won’t Budge

Have you ever had one of these days with God? Where you want something else? Where you say, “Anywhere, but here God…” and God won’t budge? (I’m having one of those days.) I want the landscape of my life to change into something else. Something new, something fresh, something… I don’t know—something, else. I’m complaining, of…

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