Tag Archives: trusting God

when obedience results in hardship

When you begin along a path of obedience to the Lord and are met by hardship or persecution, don’t despair. Don’t renege when suffering arises. Don’t panic. Do not doubt His faithfulness: “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted … Continue reading

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hear so you can walk

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Psalm 143:8 _______________________________

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Not a drop of rain

“Not a drop of rain can fall outside the orb of Jesus’ sovereignty. All our days — our health, our illnesses, our joys, our victories, our tears, our prayers, and the answers to our prayers — fall within the sweep … Continue reading

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when God says no

When God says no, and you’re tempted toward anger or despair, remember these words: God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful  — “severe mercies” at times but mercies … Continue reading

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The blessing of not knowing what the new year (or tomorrow) brings

It’s that time of year. We reflect on the past and anticipate the year ahead — some of us with excitement, some with apprehension. In years past, I remember chafing at the fact that I couldn’t know the future. I … Continue reading

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the hour before dawn

The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation … Continue reading

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that monster unbelief

The Spies with the Grapes of the Promised Land by Nicolas Poussin A single cluster of grapes so heavy they have to carry it on a pole between them — so rich is the harvest of the land God promises … 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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even to your old age

 “Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46: 4) “…when you were a strong young man, you … Continue reading

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in the mundane and in the calamity

Truth to remember when your day unfolds as one of mundaneness, for the mundane often trains for the day of unexpected calamity: “If God does not reign over the mundane events in our lives, He does not reign at all.” … 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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the Arm which encircles the globe

It seems but yesterday I carried my babies on my hip to the driveway and buckled them into car seats.  Now, I stand instead and wave (and pray) as my oldest drives her siblings away each morning to school.  And … Continue reading

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She has no idea

I hear her happy trill, her chirp, her song. She perches with her tiny claws at the bird feeder I hung for her. Unaware that I watch from the window, she flits about with exuberance, and bursts forth with a … Continue reading

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