Learning to Trust

Learning to Trust

I’ve always loved cats and felt that I had a way with them, but I met a challenge in J.J. and Felix. They were a gift from my daughter-in-law. Toni had started feeding their mother, a feral cat, shortly before she succumbed to the perils of... Read More »

Overcoming Our Fears

Overcoming Our Fears

Like life itself, the Bible is full of triumphs that could just as easily have ended in disaster. If the heroes in those stories had turned and run the other way, who could have blamed them? Moses defied the world power of his day to lead h... Read More »

God’s Puzzle Room

God’s Puzzle Room

I woke to the sound of my alarm reminding me to put in the eye drops my doctor had prescribed. Out of habit, I covered my good eye to test the vision in the infected one. To my great alarm, my sight was very blurry, much worse than the prev... Read More »

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Today was perfect! It wasn’t a perfectly lazy day (I’ve enjoyed a few of those, sleeping late and not doing much of anything), or perfect in terms of accomplishments, or without its problems. Still, it was so perfect from start to finish th... Read More »

Gains from Pains

Gains from Pains

When someone suggested that I try to be thankful even in bad situations, it seemed impossible. I was familiar with the biblical admonition to “be thankful in all circumstances,” but it had never dawned on me to take that literally. Was it p... Read More »

Good Out of Bad

Good Out of Bad

God foresaw our human weaknesses and personal shortcomings and wove them into His plan for our life. Nothing is outside God’s control, and with our cooperation He is able to bring good out of any situation, even a bad one. In fact, instead ... Read More »

Open Doors and Adversaries

Open Doors and Adversaries

When a friend sent me a short Bible study by email, one verse in particular stood out to me: “A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” That was an interesting thought: open doors and adversaries are ... Read More »

God Doesn’t Change with the Years

God Doesn’t Change with the Years

In times of supreme test, God has revealed Himself to me and I have found Him so real that I could shout with absolute confidence, “I know whom I have believed!” God has promised, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and t... Read More »

Of Orchards and Gardens

Of Orchards and Gardens

Not long ago, a friend of mine bought a property and planted about 100 fruit trees. He had to clear the land before he could plant the saplings, and now he must drive to the property regularly to tend to them. The trees won’t bear fruit unt... Read More »

My Lord’s Carrying Me

My Lord’s Carrying Me

Last year my husband and I looked into getting a summer ­house for our garden. In England, a summerhouse is usually a small wooden cabin or shed with glass doors and windows—just enough protection to be able to sit out in the garden on the ... Read More »

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