Tag Archives: steadfast love

If my family ate bush rats

Picture yourself under the vast sky of an African savanna’s night. The radiance of a sunset’s orange glow has faded and now deep darkness has settled in. In your tent, your family has fallen asleep. But as you drift off … Continue reading

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Bless the Lord, oh my soul!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems … Continue reading

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All must mean all

I discovered this Amy Carmichael quote after I’d already written about Psalm 25:10 — and true to my original thoughts on pithy quotes, she summarizes in a few profound sentences what it took me many paragraphs to say. Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) … Continue reading

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Lean hard.

This summer, our oldest daughter led our family through a cleaning out and reorganizing of every drawer and file and nook and cranny of our home. At her urging, we poured through years of accumulated memorabilia, and in the process … Continue reading

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A soul made well

When peace, like a  river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, … Continue reading

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Worth a thousand words

I’ve not been able to get this picture out of my mind. You may have seen it. The man on the left is the pope. The man on the right suffers from a disease that causes tumors to grow inside … Continue reading

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Better than a thousand substitutes

Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading

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A thorn to pin aside the veil

Living before medicine would have cured or medicated her symptoms, Martha Snell Nicholson was bed-ridden with intense pain for decades. In the midst of her pain, and because of it, she wrote one of the more meaningful poems I’ve read … Continue reading

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Nothing comes from nothing?

Because there weren’t many movies kid-friendly enough for our young children’s eyes to see (and because I’d always loved it myself), our family used to watch The Sound of Music at least once a year  — and each time the … Continue reading

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Near the heart of His love

A story to turn our eyes upon Jesus.  A visual to soften our hearts and absorb our thoughts: “What though you are sometimes perplexed with doubts and fears? What though you find it hard to say whether your faith is … Continue reading

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All the paths of the Lord

“All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness…” (Psalm 25:10)  When our path is one of suffering, the words of Psalm 25:10 come alive, not merely as a platitude-like salve or falsely-consoling belief system, but as experiential truth … Continue reading

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He first knew me

It was 25 years ago that I first read Knowing God. For months that year, I was part of an early-morning group of twenty-somethings who met to discuss the book’s next chapter, led by an older, wiser man who’d expound on J.I. … Continue reading

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