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When things go wrong

2017-02-16T00:44:35+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Faith, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sometimes God seems far away Have you noticed that even when we’ve made the decision to put our trust fully in God, there are still times when things go wrong and God seems far away? Remember the last time the storm rolled in and hit you head on. Maybe it was a frightening doctor’s report, a lost [...]

Finding rest

2017-02-16T00:44:49+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Perseverance, Rest, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I was out in the village yesterday, sitting on a mat on the floor of the church structure, when the young man who was teaching started reading from the book of Matthew. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn [...]

Persistence

2017-09-22T00:55:05+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Devotionals, Perseverance|Tags: , , , , |

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. - 2 Thessalonians 3:5 I spent almost two decades in Asia where haggling for a good price was a sport. I loved the thrill of going back and forth with the shopkeeper until I wore them down and I was walking away with a [...]

Perseverance

2017-09-22T00:55:35+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Categories: Faith, God's Provision, Perseverance, Suffering|Tags: , , |

You’ve probably read the story of Hannah in the Bible (see 1 Samuel chapter 1). Hannah was a woman who struggled with perseverance not only physically, but emotionally as well. The Bible tells us God had closed her womb. Her husband Elkanah had another wife, Peninnah, who in turn had several children. This meant that [...]

Can I really do all things through Christ?

2017-09-22T00:56:41+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Contentment, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

Paul was in prison when he wrote Philippians I love the book of Philippians! It is full of encouragement and exhortation for our daily lives. What makes it such an exceptional epistle, in my view, is that when Paul wrote this letter it was from his prison cell where conditions were dismal and he was deprived [...]

What do YOU want from God?

2017-09-22T00:57:17+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Categories: Heart Issues, Perseverance, Prayer, Stress, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Read 1 Samuel chapter 1 so that you can better follow this story. Some background to Hannah's story Hannah was in a polygamous marriage. Her husband, Elkanah, had two wives, although Hannah was his favourite. However, in a society that valued a woman’s ability to bear children almost above all else, Hannah was childless. This [...]

Naked season

2017-09-22T00:58:43+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

I live on the Prairies in a little town in Ellendale, North Dakota, USA.  Winter can be a brutal season with biting cold winds that slap you in the face at 50mph.  But, whenever I see flocks of snow geese heading northward towards the Canadian tundra, I know that spring is on the heels of [...]

When your dreams have died

2016-08-13T22:28:44+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Faith, God's Plans for us, Perseverance, Trusting God, Waiting on God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist's parents (Luke 1) Elizabeth was a relative of Mary's, but was many years older than her. She had never had a child, the greatest desire of her heart, in an age when there was a social stigma attached to infertility. We know that she and [...]

If

2016-07-13T00:15:37+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Obedience, Perseverance|Tags: , , , |

'If' is such a little word, but it holds great promise I was reading that magnificent poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, when I was struck by the thought that ‘if’ is such a little word, but it holds great meaning and promise. In John 15:7-10 these words are spoken by Jesus: If you abide in [...]

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