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Does God Have a Plan for My Pain?

I really resist (or do I resent?) the trite words that are often given as sage advice to someone who is going through difficult times. Well, just think about poor Aunt Pearl (or your sister, or someone you knew thirteen years ago, or someone you don’t even know). What if you were in her shoes? Continue Reading…

Rest

To rest. What a pleasant thought. “Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.” Psalm 131:2 “I am quiet now before the Lord, just as a child who is weaned from the breast. Yes, my begging has been Continue Reading…

The Sleepy Heads

esus was human, just like we are, but “Superhuman” too, and I think we are sometimes prone to forget His humanity. There was that time when He had been ministering to hurting people all day long and He just needed to be alone so, He distanced Himself from the hurting masses;[1] He was angry and Continue Reading…

Just “Thinking” is All it Takes

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32) Bill very often makes this statement, “When it seems that things are just not adding up the way they should and I’m down, all I have Continue Reading…

Grace in Times of Need

Let me ask you a question: When does God give us “grace”? Oh, I know, every act of God is full of grace. But specifically . . . Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Continue Reading…

Stagnant

I would have changed my route just to avoid the unpleasant smell, but I wasn’t familiar with the area so I had to stay on the path. Eventually I came to the source of the odor: a stagnant, swampy pool of water apparently left standing after a heavy rain. I stood looking at that miserable Continue Reading…

The Gift

Thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! II Corinthians 9:15 (amp) Precious Heavenly Father, I want to say to You, “Thank You.” Oh, I thank You for so many beautiful things that have come from Your hand alone–innumerable gifts. (Maybe I didn’t see the “beauty” of some Continue Reading…

Songs of Praise at Easter

These are not my own words and the praise is actually directed to our risen Lord, but I think you’ll appreciate them all the same. Perhaps you will hear or sing one of these hymns on your next Easter Sunday. If you do, pay close attention to the words. So many of these hymns are Continue Reading…

The Test Drive

You talk about flashy! Nat had seen this car in his fantasy since he was five years old. The vivid colors were exactly as he had planned: deep blue-green, royal purple, and, even though no one else had especially liked it, a hair-thin line of lime green stretching from front to back, where there were Continue Reading…

If…

If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain and your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14 If . . . locked in my chamber of unchallenged fears I wait for the dawn with curtains drawn If . . . alone in that darkness I cry to be free yet claim that Continue Reading…

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