To the Discouraged Soul

I believe one of the greatest tools that Satan uses against believers is discouragement. And I am about to be very honest with you about my own struggles with it, because I know there are others out there who have the same struggles. I know some of you personally  who have battled or are battling this area. And if my stories can be of any encouragement to you, I believe it would be a blessing on all sides.

I had my own bout with deep discouragement just last month. For about three weeks straight I was so discouraged, I was probably close to being depressed. Continue reading

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1 Samuel 31: Tragedy – Is That the End?

Here we are in the very last chapter of 1 Samuel. I wish I could say differently, but it’s really not a happy ending.

I’ve read the passage a dozen times before, but after going through 1 Samuel at a slower pace this time around, I must admit the tragedy of this chapter hit me a lot harder than it ever has before. There was a genuine sense of sadness when I finished it.

Read it for yourself. Put yourself in the shoes of Saul, of Jonathan, of David. No matter the perspective, it’s a heartbreaking story: Continue reading

Christmas Hope

It was a dreary Tuesday: gray, cloudy sky and drizzling rain. Perhaps the earth was shedding tears in anticipation of what was to come.

That night, the father of a dear friend went home to be with the Lord. Suddenly, without warning, my friend and her five younger siblings found themselves without a dad.

It was a tragic blow, not only for her and her family, but for us her friends, as we contemplated the brevity and fragility of life. Continue reading

Highlights from the Easter Story

Here are some highlights from the Easter Story that I have “discovered” over the past couple years. Some were also brought up by my sister this week after she went to our church’s Good Friday Silent Service yesterday.

Perfect Timing

lamb-739169_640Two days before the Passover, Jesus foretells His coming death to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2, NKJV).

He knows it’s coming. He even knows the day. Even His own killers don’t know this much, as they plot His death. In fact, they say the opposite, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people” (Matt. 26:5). Continue reading