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More on the book Be Still, My Soul

Homesick For Heaven

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The Abyss

Being in the bottom of this (at night) is what depression is like. But God does lift us out to see above it, if not now, certainly after wards. What a great photo in any case.

Psalm 103:1-5 TNIV
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits--
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Photo by mm767cap


Asking Why

Why Me? Why This? Why Now? Why?

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Quote of the Day: Why?

I do believe that focusing on “Why?” questions can lead to confusion and despair if we demand answers from God that He has not promised to give us.

--David Sunday (pastor of Grace Community Bible Church)

You can read the end of the book of Job to see that God doesn't answer why in that situation and often doesn't.

See the context at Between Two Worlds

As David Sunday says, we should ask, '“Who is God?” “What does He want to teach us?” and “How can we glorify him in this?”'

(I'm not so sure God always tells us what He wants to teach us either.)

This reminds me of a quote I've posted before:

"But what kept me going more than anything else was my confidence in the character of God."

--Ravi Zacharias quoting Charles Cooper


New Book On Anxiety

When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety by Edward Welch

From there you can read sample pages.

He also wrote Running Scared which is a well regarded book that I have but haven't read yet.

Book - When I Am Afraid

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The Thorn

by Martha Snell Nicholson

I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

HT: Justin Taylor

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NLT
So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Pastor Matt Chandler on Suffering Well

Pastor says cancer gives him chance to suffer well

I thought 'suffering well' was a term I made up but nothing in this world is new.


Quote on Suffering

Jesus: “Some of you they will put to death. . . . But not a hair of your head will perish.”

For decades, this verse has challenged me personally. Derek Kidner in his commentaries often refers to it. It shows that modern people have a view of happiness that is defined as a life that is going well, when often the Bible defines happiness as a life that is lived well. One ounce of sin can harm us more than ten tons of suffering, because sin ruins our soul, while suffering (if handled well) only makes us more Christ-like and joyful. So Jesus is essentially saying, “I won’t keep you from suffering, but I’ll keep you in suffering so you can triumph over it.”

--Tim Keller

See more context at Justin Taylor's blog.

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