Resilience

Resilience Part 1: Recharging with God’s Word

With all the loss I have experienced in the past several months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the word resilience.  Of the top 5 stressors in life, I can check off the top 3 that have occurred in my life in the past two months.  The losses came quickly:  My sister died, Kevin and… Continue reading Resilience Part 1: Recharging with God’s Word

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Present Suffering and Future Glory

The Christmas season has been in full swing now for over 2 weeks, and I have yet to participate in any activities associated with this time of year.   I have yet to: 1.     Unpack the Christmas decorations 2.     Buy or decorate a Christmas tree 3.     Buy any Christmas presents 4.     Go to a Christmas party… Continue reading Present Suffering and Future Glory

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:6-8, Part 3 – There is a time for everything

In Part 3 of my blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, I am highlighting Ecclesiastes 3 verses 6 to 8 which are a part of the 8 verses titled, “A Time for Everything.”  These 8 verses contain contrasting activities.  Solomon, who penned these lines, is teaching us that life is a balance of… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:6-8, Part 3 – There is a time for everything

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:4-5, Part 2 – There is a time for everything

In Part 2 of my blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, I am highlighting Ecclesiastes 3:4-5. Verses 4 through 5 are the midpoint of the first 8 verses in the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes that are framed with the title, A Time for Everything. There is a rhythm to these verses as each… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:4-5, Part 2 – There is a time for everything

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, Part 1 – There is a time for everything

I can’t think of a better way to begin my new blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, than with verses 1 through 8 in the 3rd chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes.  Solomon, the author, was known as a spectacularly wealthy and wise King of Israel who succeeded his father, King David. In… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, Part 1 – There is a time for everything

Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven

Psalm 84 – They go from strength to strength

Psalm 84 is the next Psalm I am highlighting in my series, “Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven.”   The 12 verses in this psalm paint a picture of the Israelites on a pilgrimage, and God is their destination and the source of all their hopes and dreams.  As they travel to be with God,… Continue reading Psalm 84 – They go from strength to strength