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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

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The Compassion of God

We’re used to the question ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ (Subtext: Go thou and do likewise.) So here’s a different one—'How Would Jesus Feel?’ It’s a question I’d not really pondered much till a year or so ago, till I felt led to do six short talks at The Good Book Company staff prayer meetings under… Continue reading The Compassion of God

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The Lord is My Helper

A decade ago, I remember walking out of another doctor’s appointment, discouraged. They offered no help. No answers. No direction. I had been experiencing some new pain with my post-polio syndrome and wanted to find an orthopedic physician to help me. So I asked around to find trustworthy orthopedists and made appointments, carrying my x-rays… Continue reading The Lord is My Helper

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Each Day Is More Impossible – Hope on the Long Road of Suffering

It had been eight weeks since I went in for my fifth ankle surgery, uncertain of whether it would restore my ability to walk. As I remained couch bound, waiting to see what walking ability I would be left with, I wrestled with doubts and fears over all the seemingly impossible circumstances that God continued… Continue reading Each Day Is More Impossible – Hope on the Long Road of Suffering

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Lord, Make us Ready

Something struck me as I read and listened to the prayers of believers suffering in Afghanistan. There is an other-worldly peace, confidence, humility, and longing for those around the world to see that the God they serve is worthy of their all - even at the cost of everything. Contrast that with much of the… Continue reading Lord, Make us Ready

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Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Pain has taken its toll on me — physically, emotionally, and mentally. The damage isn’t always visible on my face or in my words, but it’s always there, tempting me to view everything through the lens of an aching heart and a weary spirit. No one lives this life untouched. We all experience the brokenness… Continue reading Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

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Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Whispers

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, the frequent bouts of illness, and the weariness of dealing with my kids’ struggles. But what broke… Continue reading Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Whispers

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When the Night is Long

Comfort, of comfort Where have you gone? This long night of heartache Will relief ever come? Then I awoke In the darkness of night Disoriented and searching With no answers in sight. The silence was deafening But I wasn’t alone My Lord was with me His presence made known. When will the darkness end, I… Continue reading When the Night is Long