I was deep into a collection of short stories written by Anton Chekhov when I turned the page and was confronted with a story entitled Grief. I briefly considered skipping it, but I am so glad I didn't. Mr. Chekhov understands a bereaved parent's compelling need to talk about their loss. Every public domain site I … Continue reading Anton Chekhov | Grief
Contrary to various cultural notions, there is no set time-frame for grieving. None of us "gets over it" in the one year (or less) of mourning that is often allotted to us. Each family, and every member within it, operates within a unique set of circumstances that will influence both the weight and duration of … Continue reading As Time Goes By
Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. John 13:7 God's word teaches that a father's duty is to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. A loving father will observe his child carefully and, by God's grace, relentlessly weed … Continue reading God Meant It Unto Good
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8 See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept … Continue reading The Help of His Countenance
More of my favorite #AlaskaPhotosByHans He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites
Morning, June 1 Charles Haddon Spurgeon “The evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5 Was it so even in the beginning? Did light and darkness divide the realm of time in the first day? Then little wonder is it if I have also changes in my circumstances from the sunshine of prosperity … Continue reading Morning, June 1 – C.H. Spurgeon
The Blessings of Sound Doctrine (Part four of a four-part series) Great peace have they which love thy law... Psalm 119:165 To be optimally prepared for the devastations of life, we must know Him, and we must believe what He has said. We do not have to know much about God to reap the blessings of … Continue reading Strengthened According to His Word: Part Four
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his … Continue reading Photo Challenge: All Time Favorites
Remembering today our fallen military and law enforcement. We will not forget. Because freedom is not free. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'ns rescued land praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! -Francis Scott Key America, The Beautiful Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Melody by Samuel Ward O beautiful … Continue reading Still There
Though my Father served in the United States Air Force, I do not come from a particularly military family. Our son, Hans, did not serve in the military. But, as a volunteer firefighter/medic, he was given firefighter's honors at his memorial service. To be honest, I was floored. I did not expect such an honor. … Continue reading Memorial Day
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:18 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted
It is raining As if nothing has happened It is raining And the trees stand there As they have for centuries Watching me and remembering Sympathetic But unhelpful They've seen this sort of thing before A mother Weeping There are little leaves on the rose bushes Who will graduate into adult leaves That will never … Continue reading It is Raining
Sweet is the Solace of Thy Love by Anna L. Waring I, even I, am He that comforteth you. Isaiah 2:12 Sweet is the solace of Thy love, My Heavenly Friend, to me, While through the hidden way of faith I journey home with Thee, Learning by quiet thankfulness As a dear child to be. … Continue reading The Solace of Thy love
The Lord’s Church is on my heart this morning and this post ministered to me in a special way just when I needed it. Thank you, Barbara.
A couple of weeks ago at prayer meeting, we opened with a hymn that I purposefully made note of the page number, so that I could come back to it because the lyrics, along with its melody were so weighty, so overwhelming and humbling. It made me so appreciative of God’s magnificent and sovereign electing grace.
The hymn was an old hymn from the year 1707, by Isaac Watts, How Sweet and Awful Is The Place. When I first sung this song at my church, I struggled to understand what was meant by “awful”, and later discovered it meant in its truest sense, awe-inspiring. It has been changed to awesome in revision, which I believe diminishes its weight.
Some hymns help to right our thoughts about God and his providence. They help to buoy our faith and trust in him. Some hymns remind us that we are of another kingdom…
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The Blessings of Sound Doctrine (Part three of a four-part series) My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. Psalm 119:171 Sound doctrine honors God. God is holy. He is just. He is wise. He is true. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great … Continue reading Strengthened According to His Word: Part Three