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Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

A well-known writer once wrote, “The essential thing ‘in Heaven and in earth’ is… that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” Ask any marathon runner — it’s that seemingly endless run, that tiring stretch in the

Dropping Hints

For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets. — Amos 3:7 ESV It can start early in the season: our loved ones dropping hints about — or even flat-out telling us — what they want for Christmas. And then when we find the perfect gift for someone, it

Trusting God in the Face of Unanswered Prayer

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. —  Matthew 26:39 “Stop trying to figure God out.” That’s the counsel I got from one of my daughters as she listened to me verbally wringing my hands. God hadn’t answered another one

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Grateful That God Makes a Way

Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. — Isaiah 43:19 In the classic Broadway musical and film The Sound of Music, the Reverend Mother sends Maria away from the convent to

Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, and Job — Prayers for a Time Such As This

For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.  — 2 Chronicles 20:12 Jehoshaphat and his people were about to face a great enemy, and they were afraid. Armies were on their way to drive them out

Do you have a dream? Don’t stop dreaming! Confident hope in a good future is essential to living the life God intended for you to live. Be confident in what Jesus Christ will not only do in the future but now, too, and let it also inform our actions now. We don’t have to be afraid. God’s promises are for us!

Don’t Stop Dreaming

  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” * Your hope and future dictate how you live in the now. I was in an important room for an important meeting with very important

Tuesdays with Jesus

Tuesdays with Jesus

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah can discern the voice of God. Can you? Wouldn’t it be easier to hear from Jesus if He was still walking among

Hope During Unemployment

Hope During Unemployment

I lost my job! I was jolted by my husband’s words. Later that morning when he arrived home, I hugged him, then listened to him share the details of this unexpected happening. His position was eliminated due to budget cuts in defense spending. I encouraged him to take time to grieve the loss of his job. Over the

Faithful and Sure

God is the One who knows the end from the beginning. He is never caught off guard by our circumstances or bewildered by our behavior. He never feels pressured by the passing of time. God has always been — and will always be — in complete control of His creation. Isaiah’s acceptance of God’s eternal

Bad things happen. We live in a fallen, broken world. But, God is with us! He loves us! And, we need Him so desperately! Are you turning your heart toward Him?

Wrestling with Loss

  Mike Fisher, Former NHL Star Carrie Underwood, Singer and Songwriter By the age of seventeen, Mike Fisher was drafted into the Ontario Hockey League and, shortly after that, into the NHL. The Ottawa Senators selected him in the second round, forty-fourth overall, in the 1998 draft. “I made my childhood dream,” he remembers. “I

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