Tag Archives: trials

leave to the Lord Jesus

“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

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strength for weary pilgrims

“Look at the starry sky—Jesus strewed it with its jewelry… Look at that enchanting landscape—Jesus enamelled it with its loveliness… Look at that cloud-capped mountain—Jesus reared it… Look at that beauteous lily—Jesus painted it… Look at that soaring bird—Jesus feeds … Continue reading

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because we know the ending

“One of the wonderful things about the Bible is that it lets us know how the story ends. Right now, we are in the middle of the story. But it is also a story that in one sense has already … Continue reading

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on Jordan’s stormy banks we stand

Life here is often stormy. We stand on Jordan’s banks, and unexpected winds threaten what began as a sunny day. Dark clouds suddenly appear and life’s torrential downpours burst forth. Our fear swirls like rushing water around our feet. Here … Continue reading

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when a train goes through a tunnel

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. (Corrie ten Boom, 1892-1983) _________________________________ Corrie ten Boom lived through a sort of … 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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kiss the wave

I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages. In his inimitable way, Spurgeon speaks life-fortifying truth. Truth we need to have settled into the deepest recesses of our being — truth for days … 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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Flourishing in a drought

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

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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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Days without sunshine

Words of wisdom from J.C. Ryle regarding days of darkness: “… if we know anything of growth in grace, and desire to know more, let us not be surprised if we have to go through much trial and affliction in … 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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Winds may howl around you

“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

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