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My bucket leaks. My bucket forgets. My bucket even quarrels and questions: “God, why don’t you make life easier? Why don’t you arrange my circumstances so that I don’t lose heart? Why can’t I just grow more like you without … Continue reading
“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against … Continue reading
“How would the great work of sanctification go on in a man if he had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning-knife which the … Continue reading
Dearest one, He will do it. He will finish what He began. He redeemed you, and saved you. He called you. He holds you evermore. I am confident, not because of you, but because of Him. He will complete the good work … Continue reading
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you … Continue reading
Years ago, my older and wiser friend used to say, “Don’t be irritated when your plans are interrupted. Even when you’re running late, and stopped by every red light, see interruptions to your schedule as God’s good providence, possibly protecting … Continue reading
The ways, and fashions, and amusements, and recreations of the world have a continually decreasing place in the heart of a growing Christian. He does not condemn them as downright sinful, nor say that those who have anything to do with … Continue reading
Words Joni Eareckson Tada writes about wheelchairs and attitudes are ones I’m still trying to fully grasp and genuinely apply to my own life. I keep thinking through her explanation of the unexpected (and often wrongly interpreted) twist of Jesus’ … Continue reading
The Gossips, Sir John Everett Millais, 1889 It does matter how I talk. If I’ve learned more and more of Jesus — and I inevitably love Him more with each new discovery about Him — I want to honor Him … Continue reading
The Friendly Gossips, Eugene de Blaas A college friend once exhorted me to “learn scripture so you’ll know when you’re sinning against God. His Spirit will use the words to stop you and convict you and help you!” I was … Continue reading
Verses memorized by kids at our church’s Vacation Bible School keep running through my mind. They studied the passage in Acts 17 where Paul stands surrounded by statues to false gods and speaks life-changing truth to the gathered Athenians. He … Continue reading
With sun gleaming through and ocean glinting beneath, towering summer clouds turn my thoughts to other majestic clouds — the clouds of glory that will surround our Lord when He returns to earth. I squint at the dazzling view and … Continue reading
Today, we have a choice. We either decide to trust the LORD, or we decide to turn away from Him and trust another. Today’s choice affects tomorrow’s outcome. For we don’t know what tomorrow brings (Mat. 6:34), but we know … Continue reading