Right Beside

“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 At a particularly challenging season in your life, was there at […]

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Glorious Comparison

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 Sequestered in the pediatric cardiac ICU of Boston Children’s, Miami Children’s or Shands Hospital for what seemed like an interminable period, we were consistently amazed at the remarkable and […]

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Never Disappoints

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 At the end of a scrumptious meal prepared by my sister-in-law, my husband declared, “Jill, we […]

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Mercy Maker

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) God is always giving to us. We like that. We are not as happy with the prospect of […]

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Eye Opening

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Head down, arms full, fingers occupied with a million pressing tasks, and I am prone to miss out on the wonders that you supply in countless forms. Preoccupied with minutia, overwhelmed with daunting responsibilities, blinded by routines, I fail to […]

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Walking it Out

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” (I Thessalonians 4:1) When we first guide our children in the art of walking, we are […]

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Just a Minute

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the Creator of the Universe. It means we do not act like unruly children unaccustomed to hearing […]

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End of It All

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly…” (Mark 5:22) We know Jairus’ story as one with a happy ending. And yet, when we first meet this distraught father in Mark 5, he has no assurance his horrible dilemma […]

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Alone Time

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4) It was never designed as an entry in the “have to” category, but we shoved it into that column, making it a chore rather […]

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Get In

“They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” (John 4:42) Living near to the ocean is a spectacular luxury. Never making the time to stroll on the sandy […]

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