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Enduring Pain

A poem for the one enduring pain… In pain’s unwanted presence The strong are brought to their knees The luster of life grows dull Peace and comfort flees. As pain bears down The world’s colors grow gray The old self becomes a stranger As plans and dreams fade. In pain’s crushing weight The sufferer endures… Continue reading Enduring Pain

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Strains of the Season: Expectations

Last December, emotions were at an all-time high. Our family had endured a long and painful season with one of our children and, deep down, I hoped (and expected) that Christmas would offer a much-needed dose of joy.  It turns out, God’s plans and my expectations were sailing in opposite directions.   To my great disappointment,… Continue reading Strains of the Season: Expectations

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Trapped in My Own Mind: Three Lies Depression Loves

[Reposting in light of the increase of depression that many are facing due to isolation right now] I can’t live like this anymore!” I cried through sobs. “I just want to die!” I sat on my bed and tried to make sense of what was going on inside. I was tired of the chronic pain,… Continue reading Trapped in My Own Mind: Three Lies Depression Loves

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Seek God’s Face Before You Seek His Hand

Recently, we were discussing at Bible Study what it means to seek God‘s face, as it says in Psalm 27:8: “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” As I listened, what struck me most was the importance of distinguishing between seeking God’s hand and seeking his… Continue reading Seek God’s Face Before You Seek His Hand

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A Tested Faith is a Faith that Will Stand

Have you ever wondered why trials seem to come in abundance and with a vengeance in the lives of believers? Although we’d like to think that following Christ means we’ll be protected from earthly harm, it doesn’t take long to realize the fallacy of that belief. We’re then left to face the question, “Why?” If… Continue reading A Tested Faith is a Faith that Will Stand

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Book Deals You Don’t Want to Miss!

It seems that books, along with everything else, are expensive these days. So when discounts happen, we don't want to miss them! Therefore, if you're in the market for some books for yourself, or others you'd like to gift one to, here are a few to take note of this week. The Good Book Company… Continue reading Book Deals You Don’t Want to Miss!

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What If…

What if our fight for truth and justice were motivated by love rather than being right? What if we learned to rejoice in righteousness, but not boast in the face of those blinded to the truth? What if we were to defend and seek justice for the vulnerable but without condemning everyone else in the… Continue reading What If…

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I Despise My Sufferings. And I’m So Thankful For Them.

The hours, days, and years that I've spent waiting, praying, weeping, and wrestling with "why" - they are too many to count. These memories - these profound moments of heartbreak, helplessness, and horror - they've changed every part of who I am.  But here's what's remarkable. Although part of those changes have consisted of the… Continue reading I Despise My Sufferings. And I’m So Thankful For Them.

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Souls, Sufferers, and Sinners

On any given day, problems and challenges surround us. Politically and morally, we’re seeing some of those challenges rise to the surface in an acute way, between the LGBTQ movements, abortion debates, injustices, etc. And even in our daily life, we're all trying to navigate a specific struggle with sin, a wayward child, a suffering… Continue reading Souls, Sufferers, and Sinners

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Trust Through the Dark Brings Triumph in the Dawn

Any follower of Jesus can attest to experiences when the night of adversity seemed long, dark, and at times, nearly hopeless. For some, those nights are brief yet brutal. For others, those nights may last decades, slowly wearing away at our earthly hopes. But for the one who remains steadfast in faith, even if holding… Continue reading Trust Through the Dark Brings Triumph in the Dawn