Strength From the Sorrow – Streams in the Desert, March 11

"Weeping inconsolably beside a grave can never give back love’s banished treasure, nor can any blessing come out of such sadness. Sorrow makes deep scars; it writes its record ineffaceably on the heart which suffers. We really never get over our great griefs; we are never altogether the same after we have passed through them … Continue reading Strength From the Sorrow – Streams in the Desert, March 11

The Just Shall Live by Faith – Streams in the Desert 03/10

"Keep your eye steadily fixed on the infinite grandeur of Christ’s finished work and righteousness. Look to Jesus and believe, look to Jesus and live! Nay, more; as you look to him, hoist your sails and buffet manfully the sea of life. Do not remain in the haven of distrust, or sleeping on your shadows … Continue reading The Just Shall Live by Faith – Streams in the Desert 03/10


  About the photo: This is a beach called Mullaloo in Perth, Western Australia. For a small fee, artist CarlyMarie will create a personalized memorial work of art in remembrance of your loved one. Hans hoped to someday visit Australia and spent considerable time online researching the Land Down Under. The artist wrote Hans' name in the … Continue reading Free

The Great Temptation

Beautiful, Leanne. Nothing more I can say.

My Journey Through

“Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.” —Phillips Brooks

I almost don’t need to say another word.  That quote is so full of wisdom, admonition, conviction and fortitude.

I have been struggling under the great temptation and trembling under the great sorrow of my life for 3+ years, now.  Indeed, who would not after losing a beloved child?  My great temptation has been to say, “away with it all” and sit at home, nursing my wounds, angry at God and everyone who has anything to say about death, loss, healing…

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“Faking Fine” in the Midst of Grief?

Another encouraging piece from Karen Harmening.

Listening to Him

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”  Ephesians 1:18-23…

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