Is Jesus in Your Boat?

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. Matthew 8:23-24Had the disciples put out to sea without Christ’s bidding, they would not have had the same reason to…… Continue reading Is Jesus in Your Boat?

Re-Post: “What If?”

Excerpt: In the aftermath of catastrophic loss, it is natural to speculate, to retrace the preceding events, to root around in the morass known as, 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…… Continue reading Re-Post: “What If?”

Safe in His Hand

Sovereign Ruler of the skies, Ever gracious, ever wise, All my times are in Your hand, All events at Your command! His decree, who formed the earth, Fixed my first and second birth; Parents, native place, and time, All appointed were by Him. He who formed me in the womb, He shall guide me to…… Continue reading Safe in His Hand

The Rest

James Smith, “The Rest!” 1865 We shall consider these words as referring to HEAVENLY rest: our Father’s house, our Savior’s home, and our eternal dwelling-place! To the weary and way-worn, there is something delightful in the thought of REST. They love to think of Heaven as the place where they shall “rest from their labors.”…… Continue reading The Rest

Four Years After the Death of our Son: Some of the Positives

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience,…… Continue reading Four Years After the Death of our Son: Some of the Positives

Still Waters

The Twenty-Third Psalm A Psalm of David The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley…… Continue reading Still Waters

Strengthened According to His Word: Part One

The Blessings of Sound Doctrine (Part one of a four-part series) Doctrine:  “Act of teaching or that which is taught; scriptural teaching on theological truths.” My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. Psalm 119:28 One of the potential positives of bereavement is the opportunity it provides for a healthy examination of…… Continue reading Strengthened According to His Word: Part One

Another Day Closer

It’s not that sorrow wears off, or grieving gets easier.  It’s just that you come to an awareness that sorrow is not getting you anywhere. Slowly, you realize your tears will not bring your child back.  The churning rawness begins to level off, not because the pain is less, but because you become too worn…… Continue reading Another Day Closer

Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

“I do not know what the Lord has planned for us.  I rest in the fact that He is God and He knows what He is doing.  I began this journey without knowing all the twists and turns it may involve.  But my Captain knows all.  I do not need to fret or peer over…… Continue reading Re-Post: Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Empty Stalls, Empty Beds

Most of the animals we keep were acquired when our children were young. Our oldest animal, a goat (The Old Lady), died at the ripe old age of eleven just a few months after Hans left us.  She was one of our original breeding stock and was a sensible and reliable animal.  But one day…… Continue reading Empty Stalls, Empty Beds