2 Corinthians Chapter 4, Verses 13-18 13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for … Continue reading God’s Promise For February 20
We have a God Who keeps His promises! Do you doubt, O Christian, do you doubt as to whether God will fulfil his promise? When not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father, and the very hairs of your head are all numbered, will you mistrust and doubt him? Oh, I pray you, … Continue reading Doubt Him No Longer
Another encouraging piece from Karen Harmening.
“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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After a catastrophic loss, it is natural to ask questions. For some of us, one of the questions we ask is... What if? What if I had called or texted her an hour earlier? What if I had not left him alone? What if the doctor had not been negligent? What if I had … Continue reading What If?
Love photographs them in the heart! (William Thoseby, "Foot-prints on the Sands of Time" 1869) It is true there are strong consolations and compensations in Divine providence, but even the Christian consolations cannot drink up all the heart's sorrow in the hour of separating death. We cry with truth, but yet in tears, "O death, … Continue reading Love Photographs Them in the Heart!
NOTE: I want to thank Melanie De Simone thelifeididntchoose.com for her helpful post: Grief Brain: It’s a Real Thing! I was sitting in the pew waiting for Wednesday evening prayer meeting to start. My middle son, Josef, and I had gotten there early to set up for the video we would be watching. Since the … Continue reading Grief Brain? Me?
Joni Eareckson Tada on Doubting God's Goodness Excerpts: "Although so many so-called Christian therapists will try to convince you that it’s okay to lay it all out and vent your anger against God full force. Some will even tell you that you need to forgive God… friend that is the wrong advice. Never cast aspersions on His … Continue reading ‘Angry at God’ by Joni Eareckson Tada
Morning, January 29th - C.H. Spurgeon “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”— 2 Corinthians 4:18 In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to … Continue reading Forward Lies the Crown, Onward is the Goal. – C.H. Spurgeon
I asked the Lord what I should write about today. Then I opened my Bible and here's what He said: Tell of His Wonderful Works! Read the rest here.
Karen has written a gracious and very thorough and thoughtful article. It is well worth the time to read all 3000+ words. Thank you, Karen.
Timewise I’ve really only just begun this painful journey of deep grief, but I’ve already learned a number of significant lessons. I’m sharing some here both for future reference for myself, and in hopes that they might be helpful to others walking alongside grieving friends.
I dislike the ever popular lists of “15 things you should never say to___________” or “10 things you should always do for_________”. Those lists consistently strike me as being rooted in egocentrism and entitlement, and lacking grace. We who are grieving do not get a free pass to be egocentric, entitled or lacking in grace. We continue to answer to the command to be governed by love and grace, bearing with one another patiently and overlooking offenses.
My intention is not to present a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts regarding grieving people. I am simply sharing some of what I and other grieving…
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In response to a reader... "I chose this verse today because it expresses what I like to think my son may have been thinking in the moments before he left his body for Heaven. Hans believed on Jesus as his Savior and Redeemer. This means Hans was counting on nothing other than the fact that … Continue reading God’s Promise For January 25
Faith must have as its object something bigger than self. Bigger than anyone or anything. Faith must trust in something bigger than death. There is no point in having a lot of faith in something little. Click here to read the whole thing.
Everything is necessary — Nothing is necessary (John Newton) Everything is necessary, which God sends. Nothing is necessary, which God withholds. How happy are those . . . who can resign all to Him, who see His hand in every trying dispensation, and who believe that He chooses better for them — than they could … Continue reading Christ is Sovereign Over All of Our Trials-John Newton