December 14, 2013

A Spiritual Stress Test

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“Afflictions do us good likewise, as they make us more acquainted with what is in our own hearts and thereby promote humiliation and self-abasement. There are abominations which, like nests of vipers, lie so quietly within, that we hardly suspect they are there till the rod of affliction rouses them; then they hiss and show their venom. This discovery is indeed very distressing; yet till, it is made, we are …

August 10, 2013

How to Respond to Pain and Suffering…Past and Present

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. – Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford

A while back, I did a study using Martha Peace’s book, Damsels in Distress. The last chapter focused on responding biblically to trials. …

August 5, 2013

Slaves

One who is consumed by the delusion of perpetual victimhood is engaged in one of the most bitter and prolific sins I have ever witnessed. It is a vicious, blinding, self-consuming, inexhaustible, and cancerous sin. It keeps its prey bound, paranoid, miserable…and dangerous. Narcissism is a cruel master; it compels its slaves to count as enemies those who love them, and ironically to attack those who speak the truth to them…the …

December 4, 2012

Pain and Suffering…Past and Present

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. – Ho­ra­tio G. Spaf­ford

A while back, I did a study using Martha Peace’s book, Damsels in Distress. The last chapter focused on responding biblically to trials. …

September 27, 2012

God Sees

He numbers my wanderings—He watches, records, and walks with me. He always has, even though it hasn’t always seemed like it at the time. And He always will. He even remembers the things that He, in His mercy, caused me to forget. He has seen it all. God never sleeps. So many times I thought I suffered alone, feeling like nobody cared—nobody understood. But, He was there – storing and counting …

August 13, 2012

Rejection: Friend or Foe?

“You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you….” (Isaiah 62:4)

So, why do so many of us try to live in the land of the forsaken when we have been invited to the land of the cherished? (Eph. 5:29-30) Why …

May 23, 2012

Sinking, Sinking, Saved!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. – Helen Howarth Lemmel.

The things of earth will grow strangely dim. Instead of focusing on Jesus and trusting Him to supply our needs, we often focus on our problems, or what we’re not getting, or how overwhelmed we are, and we sink. I …

May 20, 2012

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

I can’t believe the Ladies’ Tea is almost here! We are expecting an encouraging and uplifting day filled with wonderful music, heart-warming testimonials, warm fellowship, and, of course, incredible desserts!

Our theme this year is “Praising Him in the Storm.” The article below, written by our keynote speaker, Kelly Crawford, gives you a sampling of what we will discuss. Kelly and her family suffered through tragic times following last year’s devastating Alabama tornadoes. While their homes were shattered, their …

December 20, 2011

Until Then…

Denise Sproul surrounded by her greatest ministry…her family

Last night, James and I were contemplating the loss of our sweet friend, Denise Sproul. We know that while Denise is experiencing unimaginable joy in the presence of our Savior, her husband and children still have a difficult road ahead learning to live life without this precious woman of God—this faithful wife and mother.

Though many of us will miss …

September 20, 2011

My Haven of Rest

By Christa McDonald Blanchard

“Hold me now, O Father of Jesus. Sheltered safe, asleep in Your arms. No other place can promise protection. A fortress from pain, and a haven from harm.”  – Michael Card

There are some who say that grieving is wrong, as if it somehow demonstrates a lack of trust or joy in the Lord. However, I believe that grieving can be deeply cleansing—even healing. Still, I understand the danger of despair in the midst …