I greatly dislike feeling weak. In fact, I often do what I can to avoid feeling weak, or at least appearing weak. Yet, these days, there is no denying it. I am weak to the core. My body is weak as it continues to be beaten down by Lyme disease and its devastating effects. My… Continue reading In My Weakness
Some days I feel as if I’m in the front lines of a battle where I’m outnumbered 1,000 to one. I’m fighting for truth, hope, and joy, but the fiery arrows of affliction continue to fly from every angle. I’m fighting the temptation to grumble, get angry, and stomp my feet defiantly at the daily… Continue reading Impossible Circumstances Are Where God’s Glory Shines the Brightest
“Oh Lord, for years I have prayed for answers, healing, and understanding in this suffering you have allowed. Yet they have seemed not to come. Many have prayed to you on our behalf, as we have sought wisdom from the doctors you provided, and have longed for redemption of what's been lost. By your grace,… Continue reading Abundant Joy is Found in the Presence of Christ, Not in the Absence of Pain
One thing that I long for in my eternal dwelling with Christ is to be set free from the endless battles with my flesh. Oh to be free from the desire to please others, the subtle trap of idolizing things in this world, the attempts to take control of what is not mine to… Continue reading Three Truths to Fight the Temptation to Glorify Self
As I’ve watched the last several weeks of political debates, caucuses, and interviews, I’ve been struck by the number of presidential candidates who claim some form of faith in God, while talking and living in a way that seems far more about pursuing their own agenda than living under the authority of God and his Word.… Continue reading Are You Seeking the Glory of God or the Glory of Man?
I admit - I have often tried several wrong roads before finding the right one. To put it a positive spin on it, I’d call myself a "trail blazer". Despite how blessed I was to be surrounded by many godly family members and friends who sought to teach me the wise road to travel, I… Continue reading Are Intergenerational Relationships a Blind Spot in Today’s Church?
Because we live in a world that has promised us instant everything, we struggle when we feel powerless to change or remove unwanted things from our lives. Paul gives us insight into God’s purposes for allowing trials and suffering to continue in our lives, that we might reap the fruit of endurance. Endurance… Continue reading Suffering is a Gift of God’s Grace – Part 2