Truth about God from a Jigsaw Puzzle

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I’ve loved jigsaw puzzles all my life. The ability to fit every piece exactly where it belongs eases a basic craving. But that delight is something I have to remember when I empty the box on to the table. There’s a lot to do before the joy returns. Have you ever noticed how much life’s like that? Nothing around you …

3 Reasons to Wait

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Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:14). David wrote those words at the close of a review of his needs and a list of requests. In the face of intense stress and roiling emotions, the shepherd-turned-king announced to himself as much as his readers that trusting the LORD was the commitment …

Power to Handle Hard Times

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Earthquake-like tremors shook her entire body. She was as stiff as a totem pole and her poker straight arms ended in white-knuckled fists. Three words burst from her mouth like cannon balls. “How dare she.” I’m sure my eyebrows touched my hairline as I ushered Lilli out the door and onto the sidewalk. My hand kept a friendly but firm …

God is All-Sufficient

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Life can be hard, really hard.  Trouble and affliction abound to chop at the roots of any illusion of strength or power we may carry. If we’re honest, when we’re in the middle of a trial the temptation to dwell on our surroundings can lead to a self-perpetuating pity party. At our lowest point we may consider giving up. But when we dump our weary …

Rescue for the Hopeless . . . the Confused

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Jane sat in a heap by the side of the road. She wasn’t sure exactly how she got there. The argument had escalated into a full-fledged fight. When he told her to get out she’d stumbled to the door and started walking. That was hours ago, but she knew she couldn’t go back. [bctt tweet=”Am I really a piece of …

Not What You Expected?

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You believed what he said. Then you found out he lied. You couldn’t figure out why she hadn’t arrived yet. Then you found out she was always late. You live through the experiences, but you feel off-balance. The pain may not be physical, but confusion fits the 1 Peter 4:12* bill. It hurts. So how do we respond? It’s easy to …