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When Your Trials Are Designed By God

One of the saddest and yet most amazing stories in the Bible is found in Exodus 1. It began with Pharaoh’s all-out assault on Israel and ended with freedom for a nation. The Israelites, then slaves of the Egyptians, were multiplying very rapidly and therefore feared by their captors. In Exodus 1:22, Pharaoh enacted a cruel form of population control …

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It’s Okay To Cry

Have you ever been so overwhelmed that there were no words to describe what you’re feeling?  Thoughts and anxieties raced through your head and body. Even your closest friends would be of no help. There are simply no words. All you can do is race inside your room, shut the door, grab your pillow and scream. Your pillow swallows your …

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When You Wish You Had A Different Life

      Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow. (Psalm 144:4 NKJV) Life happens in an instant — one way this moment, then completely different in the next. We define “instant” as a quick or very short moment of time. That instantaneous moment involves the present actions or events of life. It’s the only moment you have …

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How To Keep It Together When Life Is Falling Apart

Sometimes it’s hard to keep it together when life is falling apart. Twelve years ago I was holding my 8-week-old infant tightly to my chest as I watched flames licking the outside of my home. The soggy April ground seeped through my socks as I stood in the backyard watching my house burn from the top down. My 2-year-old thought it …

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Shaking Off The Dust From A Hard Year Before The New Year

Some years are just hard. They may start off strong, but then take an unexpected turn toward tragedy or disaster and taint the remainder of the year. Through year-long trials, it is possible to allow the Lord to hasten His wisdom in our lives, but oftentimes it hurts in the process. Several years ago, my year was like a bad …

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The Unwanted Wedding Gift

When a gift comes wrapped in beautiful packaging, we eagerly rip into the wrapping. But what about the times when we are entrusted with unfamiliar gifts? Gifts wrapped in disappointment and confusion, sorrow and pain? If we know how to remind ourselves of the goodness of the Giver, He will grant us the courage to slowly unwrap the gifts and …

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When You’re Caught In A Storm

Life is full of storms. Sometimes it can feel like you’ve made it through one storm — and you walk right into the next. When will things let up? you wonder. The wind continues to blow. The waves continue to beat you. You get tired and discouraged and sometimes you even get angry. It’s often in these moments where I whisper …

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