The Unshakable

I don’t often re-blog, but I am often encouraged by Hannah’s posts. If you want to see courage and perseverance in real time, I encourage you to follow her on her journey. And check out her Etsy shop, Nannys Landing, where you can find cute gifts and other items like key fobs and head scarfs. Thank you, Hannah for showing us what choosing hope looks like.

Choosing Hope

Today it has been 11 years since we snuggled our little girl close and held her tiny hands as she took her last breath on this earth. Sometimes I am still so angry that I could not make her better. That’s what mamas are supposed to do; make things better. I had one big important job, and I could not do it.

Then I remember that WASN’T my job. I /wanted/ it to be my job; the job of being a mama that could fix things. Instead I was given the job of opening my hands wide of my own control. I was given the job of looking into the teary faces of three sweet, grieving siblings and teaching them to trust that God is still good, even in our hurting. I was given the job of white-knuckling a marriage that the statistics were stacked against because of the big…

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No Other Name

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Psalm 105:3 Your name is holy and pure. No other name under Heaven has the power to save a sinner or to raise the dead. Someday every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that you are Lord. …

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photo: Noah Nolywaika Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Psalm 105:2 Everything you do is wonderful—even those things I do not understand. Especially those things. By your power, you hold all things together: the water I drink, the ground I stand on, the atmosphere I breathe, the …

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Make Known His Deeds

photo: Hans Nolywaika O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Psalm 105:1 Thank you, Lord, that you are. Thank you that I can call on your name and you hear me. Me! Thank you I have the freedom to tell people about your marvelous deeds. …

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A Well Placed Faith

What is Faith? I am not a theologian. I am just an average mom with a very bruised heart. Since the crash, my memory is shot, I find it difficult to make conversation, and my word-finding ability has declined considerably. Therefore, I will not get technical here. But I will give you what I know …

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A Short Walk on a Long Road

She was headed north, alone, on the gravelly edge of a two-lane highway. Her feet were beginning to hurt but they kept their usual steady pace. For over an hour, no car passed from either direction and no houses appeared. In fact, the nearest town, such as it was, lay ten miles back, just beyond …

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I Trust the Captain

. . . So, we are experiencing some changes right now. Some big, some smaller, all under the complete control of our loving Lord. I sense that one season of life is ending, and another is beginning. I have never liked change, especially major ones. Change can be unsettling and is often inconvenient. But after …

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Trusting in God

Reasoned Cases For Christ

Have you ever wondered why God places such importance on us trusting Him or having faith in Him? If someone asked you if Adam and Eve believed in God, I’m thinking the answer you’d give them would be “Yes”, because God’s Word tells us that Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and they hid from Him (Genesis 3:8 NASB). So believing in God wasn’t the problem. Trusting God’s guidance over their own reasoning was.

And as we read through the Bible, have you noticed how having faith in God or trusting His Word, is elevated to a place of paramount importance? Consider Abram in Genesis 15:6 NASB, which states “Then he believed in the Lord; and He credited it to him as righteousness.” “Believing in” goes beyond acknowledgement, it moves into the realm of placing one’s confidence and…

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A Little Bit of Spring

As the snow begins to recede and the rivers begin to rise here in the interior of Alaska, I am thankful the Lord has brought us through another long and very snowy winter. Last week I swatted my first mosquito and watched a pair of swans fly over. This morning I heard the first robins …

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Walking Away from Anger. Walking Toward Peace

"Anger is destructive. It is a nasty weapon in the Destroyer’s arsenal. How is it working for you? Does it not make you unbelievably tired? Wouldn’t you like to lay it down and walk away? Wouldn’t you like to replace it with something more productive? Wouldn’t you like to rest?" -From Chapter 40, Angry at …

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In the Center of the Circle

"John Cornelius Stam and Elisabeth Alden 'Betty' Stam were American Christian missionaries to China, with the China Inland Mission (CIM), during the Chinese Civil War. The missionary couple were executed by Communist Chinese soldiers in 1934." -Wikipedia Their story (with photos) can be found at Wheaton College’s archival collection: Remembering John and Betty Stam A …

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Books About Heaven

There are plenty of books out there that claim to know something about Heaven. Many of them are full of dangerous misinformation and deceptive fantasy. The Bible, however, gives us the Truth. It gives us all we need to know about our forever home. Still, we have questions, and that's OK. Without a doubt, God's …

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