Archive for Pain

Jul
19

Divine Surprises

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It’s a most amazing thing to unexpectedly end up in a place and then discover that it was all part of a divine plan of redemption. A set up. An orchestration of God’s making.

When I left work today, I was just so full of wonder at God’s handiwork in my life.

At one time, my pain seemed so overwhelming that I couldn’t see the possibility of redemption or restoration. And now here I am. Satisfied. Content. Fulfilled.

During a time of great loss, I chose to pursue a new career. Really, a new ministry.

Counseling had so significantly changed my life that I found myself desiring to be involved in that process with others. So I signed up, completed the 60 semester hours and an internship, and began a new business.

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Jun
02

Living with the Mysteries of God

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Heavy, almost tangible sorrow, along with a sense of shock, touched many in our area this week following the death of a young man who was involved in an automobile accident. 

Questions, both spoken aloud and spoken in the heart, filled the air. 

“Why?” and/or “Why God?” 

“What about our prayers?” 

Thoughts came, “He’s too young; he had such a destiny to fulfill!” 

We often feel a strong need for answers following such tragedy. We need it to make sense, fit in a neat theological box, something, anything to give us a way to wrap our hearts and minds around tragic events.

Some experience a crisis of faith; others refuse to even look at the issue of faith during crisis. They push the questions far away. 

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broken heartSeasons of trials and troubles, pain and suffering, disappointments and dying dreams can leave all of us with more questions than answers. We find ourselves unable to box our theological answers as neatly as before. We wrestle with questions like, “Where are you, God?” “Why have you deserted me?” “Are you real, God?” In our trials, we reach for our false strengths and we find that they were only illusions.

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myrrhI love meaningful gifts. What’s a meaningful gift? For me, it’s a gift that says you know me. You understand at least some of the essence of who I am. And it cannot be dishtowels. My hubby and kids all know that I hate getting dishtowels for Christmas (lol, can you tell that I get dishtowels every year from a certain beloved relative?)

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Jan
27

With God in the Valley

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valley of shadow of deathRecently I’ve been pondering how God leads me, at times, into the valley of the shadow of death, where life is uncertain, the terrain is difficult, and it’s just downright scary at times.

Well, you might say, “God doesn’t do that.” Uh, I beg to differ. The Psalmist David, the one God Himself said was a “man after my own heart”, invited us to explore the reality of walking in that valley. Job, who was called “a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil”, certainly walked through the valley. Jesus Himself was “driven into the wilderness” to be tempted, and on the cross he faced the greatest darkness, as he took my sin and your sin and the sin of all humanity on himself and cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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