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Strength and Joy

It is very easy for me to talk long and loud about all the struggles we've been through in recent years. It is also easy for me to boast in the Lord, and what he has done to provide for us time and time again. I am still trying to understand, and though it is not something I will fully grasp in my time on this earth, that God has a purpose in the worst of times just as well as the best of times. I'd just assume skip the worst of times, wouldn't you? We gasp, we are stunned, we are rocked to our very core when something terribly unexpected happens. Why? Why now, God? We were just finding what we thought was our groove? We were just starting to get settled in, to get....comfortable. Ah, there it is. The realization, some glimpse of an understanding as to why God allows things to happen when they do. Do you know when God does His best work in us? When we are uncomfortable, completely broken and helpless, no state of being other than fully immersed in His presence …

A lesson in resting and trusting

I am finding in recent weeks, that my being-my heart, mind and soul-is in desperate and purposeful need of a lesson in rest and trust. Is it just me, or is it true for you that as life progresses we become more weary and skeptical? We could blame it on aging, but I'd rather choose to blame it on how each of us can manage the stress and demands that are placed upon us. After all, we can only take so much, and that is different for each person, before something's gotta give. We each have a story to to tell about how life has treated us thus far, and it is not healthy to dwell on the negative nor to glorify the postiives profusely. I stumbled on to some interesting and inspiring words today, from two sources and I was inspired, found myself kind of sighing and saying to myself, "Yeah. That's right on. I can identify with that." So, first up, a dear friend shared from Oswald Chambers' devotional today and I was stopped in my tracks by it. It identifies s…