Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God? | Tim Challies

It felt like a test—a test of my faith, a test of my convictions, a test of my love for God. Soon, very soon, after I learned that my son had died, I received a message from an old acquaintance. Her intentions were good—she wanted to offer consolation. But her… Source: Would It Be Okay …

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Unsubmissive Remembering

"Yet there is a way of remembering sorrow, which brings no blessing, no enrichment which does not soften the heart, nor add beauty to the life. There is an unsubmissive remembering which brings no joy, which keeps the heart bitter, which shuts out the sunshine, which broods over losses and trials. Only evil can result …

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The Ministry of Sorrow | Tim Challies

"We should not long to suffer, but we should be willing to. We should not desire loss, but we should consent to bow the head, to bow the heart, to bow the knee, and to be a blessing to God’s people in whatever sorrows God ordains for us. When we surrender ourselves to God, we …

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Though We Mourn, We Must Not Murmur!

by John Angell James (1785—1859), on the death of his wife, from: "Sorrow for the Death of Friends" ...Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21 When a holy and beloved …

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Something Better

A Hard Lesson... Sorrowful, Yet Rejoicing | Streams in the Desert The stoic scorns to shed a tear; the Christian is not forbidden to weep. The soul may be dumb with excessive grief, as the shearer’s scissors pass over the quivering flesh; or, when the heart is on the point of breaking beneath the meeting …

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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 …

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Job’s Wife

"God is good when things are going my way. God is good when things are not optimal. God is good when life is smooth and peaceful. God is good when calamity strikes. The fact that God allows painful things to happen does not change who He is." Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou …

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Strong in Suffering

"Afflictions cannot injure when blended with submission. Ice breaks many a branch, and so I see a great many persons bowed down and crushed by their afflictions. But now and then I meet one that sings in affliction, and then I thank God for my own sake as well as his. There is no such …

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Re-Post: This Evening’s Meditation – C. H. Spurgeon

Every time a believer mounts from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ's prayer...The soul cannot be in both places: the beloved one cannot be with Christ and with you too. Now, which pleader shall win the day? Click here to read the rest.


Betrayal is the act of violating the trust or confidence of another. It is to be false, faithless, treacherous. To betray is to abandon, desert, deceive; to lead astray; to deliver to an enemy by treachery; to fail or desert especially in time of need; to be unfaithful in guarding; to disappoint the hopes or expectations. …

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Re-Post: Thoughts on Psalm 84

I quietly went to our bedroom, closing the door behind me.  And by the bedside, I prayed and calmly lay my son on the altar.  I did not like doing it.  I cannot say my heart was in it...  Click here to read the whole thing.   Save

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 …

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This Evening’s Meditation – C. H. Spurgeon

O death! why dost thou touch the tree beneath whose spreading branches weariness hath rest? Why dost thou snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight? If thou must use thine axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit; thou mightest be thanked then. But why wilt thou …

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Thoughts on Psalm 84

PSALM 84 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. 1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! Hans was happy at home.  He loved this place, our little log house - our little tabernacle in the woods; the land, the creek, the surrounding fields and forests.  And …

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