Two prayer requests

I have many concerns on my heart but I’d like to ask you to specifically pray for two at this time: If you know me in any way, either online or in person, you will quickly pick up that I am burdened by attacks on the glory of the Lord or on His Word. I believe the Lord expects all believers to be concerned with this but I also believe different believers are more burdened over one thing theologically than another. For me, it is recovering the truths of His Word that have long been assaulted and ignored and His …

Sometimes, in the midst of trials, God sends unexpected blessings

A week ago, my family was sick, my old $20 freezer had died and my *new* donated freezer was unfreezing unexpectedly and staying defrosted causing me to lose food, my washer died, three doors had slammed unexpectedly in my face, and I had bills I couldn’t conceive of being able to pay. And that was scratching the surface of our difficulties. Sometimes, in the midst of trials, God sends unexpected blessings. A man from our church bought us a washing machine. Not an old 2nd hand one but a brand spanking new one from Home Depot. A really good one. …

Life With Chronic Illness And The Blessings Therein

Illness is something as natural to me as breathing. Or struggling to breathe. I’ve spent my life on the far side of wellness. I was, by all accounts, born healthy but this changed just four months later when I came down with a high fever. My father, a drunken abusive man, decided for whatever reason that he wasn’t going to allow Mama to take me to the doctor. And he didn’t, not for days. Daddy controlled the car, the keys, the wallet, and she had no phone. There were no neighbors to help. She was trapped and alone. So she …

Does God desire our happiness?

Does God desire our happiness? Yes, but not in the way we might think. I remember a sermon that I heard many years ago by Voddie Baucham. He asked (paraphrased), “What if you have to wait many years for God’s purpose to be revealed in your life?” (I think he said 22 years.) “Are you willing to wait that long? Can you trust Him in the waiting?” In other words, does God care? Is there a purpose? Too many have this mistaken view that, when we become a Christian, our life gets easier. Nothing could be further from the truth. …

When Mother’s Day hurts

Happy Mother’s Day carries with it different connotations for some mothers than it does for others. For those with children in heaven–whether they saw the light of day or died in the darkness of the womb–Mother’s Day is a bittersweet celebration. Same for those mothers with good memories of their little ones who grew into bigger ones who never call nor come. Or the mothers of prodigals of the faith once delivered. They love you, perhaps they are still around, perhaps not, but they’ve turned their backs on the One whom you love the most. For Mamas who were abused …