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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” (James 1:1-4) For a couple years […]
Some time ago, a red light appeared on the dashboard of my car. I know almost zero about mechanics, but I do know that when one of those little blinky things comes on, it’s “talking” to me about the internal condition of my automobile. All […]
Have you noticed we spend many of our days simultaneously celebrating blessings but also experiencing grief? Child graduating from high school? Praise God! Child graduating and moving out? Grief. New job offer? Yay, Jesus! New job that requires relocation? Grief. New marriage? Yay! New marriage […]
Have you ever thought that if you could just have something or someone you desired that you could be more satisfied than you are with God? Have you ever wondered if another love or desire could take His place, that something or someone else could […]
When I met my husband, we did what a lot of couples do when they are getting acquainted—we shared stories. We shared stories about our families, where we grew up, and about our relationships. Because I was single until I was forty-six, my list of […]
Whether it’s an academic one, a financial one, or when my doctor takes my blood, I don’t like tests. The good thing is that God never gives a bad test. His tests are always for our good. They are also a tool God uses to […]
God, the Weaver of stories, often weaves His stories in secret. Like a movie, we see the beginning, we wade through the middle, and we wonder if a good end will ever come. It’s only when the whole story is stitched together can we see […]
Some people say Christianity doesn’t work because it doesn’t eliminate life’s problems. It doesn’t guarantee an easy life, or that we’ll always get what we want. It’s not like rubbing a genie bottle. It’s not like taking a magic pill. Instead, sometimes being a […]
I once spoke at a conference where a woman approached me and told me that her husband was experiencing an extended season of unemployment. This had been very hard on their family both financially and emotionally. “We have prayed and prayed, and still nothing. We […]
Last week, I traveled to Atlanta to meet with Wisdom Hunters, an organization I write for each week, to discuss their 2017 publishing plan. My day started out great. I got to my gate without a problem; I enjoyed chatting with the lady next to […]
Some time ago, I read a beautiful story on the Internet by Jon Acuff. He shared about his five-year-old daughter. She fell down in the front yard and got a scrape on her face. Like any good father would do, John ran into the house and […]
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I once wrote a story about three brown cows who desperately wanted to change color. Tired of their earthy hue, they decided that purple would impress the neighbors and gain them notoriety. So after much planning, the herd’s leader pushed a large can of purple […]
In his book Disappointment with God, Philip Yancey writes about a friend named Douglas who experienced deep disappointment. Douglas’s wife contracted breast cancer. While in the middle of this crisis, a drunk driver swerved across the center line and smashed head-on into Douglas’s car, and […]
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