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Together Through the Storms – Biblical encouragements for your marriage when life hurts

(Releasing May 1st, 2020) https://youtu.be/CFYFYuS-uwo Foreword by Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth This book helps married couples to navigate the storms of life together. Working through the book of Job, Sarah Walton (author of "Hope when it Hurts") and her husband Jeff reflect on their own experiences in a marriage that has faced chronic… Continue reading Together Through the Storms – Biblical encouragements for your marriage when life hurts

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Hope When It Hurts

Hope When It Hurts Biblical reflections to help you grasp God's purpose in your suffering I had not finished reading the introduction to this book before I was making a mental list of friends that I knew would find it a balm to their weary hearts. Kristen and Sarah minister to fellow travelers on the… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts

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The Paradox of Pain and Promise

"Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God's goodness." - Mark Vroegop I'm so thankful for the book of Job because it acknowledges some of the most complex and honest struggles we face in seasons of deep suffering and often mirrors the questions… Continue reading The Paradox of Pain and Promise

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Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

I gave birth to my son with two anchors drawn on my feet.  As my pregnant belly grew, so did my fear. This was my fourth baby, so I’d already read all the books and websites. I knew the practical realities of preparing to deliver a baby. I packed a bag. I made a birth… Continue reading Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

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Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

The walls felt like they were closing in around me. The air in the room grew heavy, and each breath I took stole every last ounce of my energy. With puffy eyes, a weary body, and an aching heart, I was desperate for an escape. Escape from a broken world, escape from a broken body,… Continue reading Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

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Comfort In The Dark

Some days my daughter's eyes visibly widen and her brow furrows as she searches my face to learn the answer to her pressing question. I can feel it coming before the words leave her mouth: “Are you ok mum?” she quizzes me, her face just centimetres from my own. “Do you need to go to… Continue reading Comfort In The Dark

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“Where Are You, Lord?”

"Where are you, Lord When the darkness swallows When your silence deafens In a multitude of sorrows? ______ Where is your comfort When pain abounds When companions flee And loneliness resounds? ______ Where is your justice When the innocent are hunted When the wicked prosper And their evil is flaunted? ______ Where is your compassion… Continue reading “Where Are You, Lord?”

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An Anchor Unshifting

Unchanging. Does such a thing exist? We toy with permanence: lifetime warranties, permanent markers, unbreakable records, “forever” homes. But deep down we know – there is no guarantee these things will hold their claim. We long for it though, don’t we? Something fixed. Something sure. A vacation spot you can always return to. A restaurant… Continue reading An Anchor Unshifting

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Wisdom in the Garden

“I don’t understand, Lord…” I must have prayed this prayer five hundred times, as I processed a dreadfully painful situation a while back. It all started with a meeting at Starbucks. I walked in with a sunny expression and hopeful expectation. I walked out trying to mask the hurt, then spent the next months beneath… Continue reading Wisdom in the Garden

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Rest Your Head on God’s Sovereignty

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.Genesis 50:20 There is a mysterious hiding place, a cave of sorts that only Christ’s followers know where to find. It is a space visible only on… Continue reading Rest Your Head on God’s Sovereignty

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A Love Like No Other

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us… Continue reading A Love Like No Other

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Resting in the Power of God

The kitchen table is strewn with stray cornflakes, dribbles of milk and precariously positioned cups. Small hands hold firmly to spoons and bowls, and there’s a constant flow of chatter in between cereal being shovelled into mouths that are attempting to multitask eating and talking.  The debate is about power, and which superhero would win… Continue reading Resting in the Power of God