Resilience

Resilience Part 3: Focusing on Heaven

I find there is no better motivation to be resilient during times of loss, abandonment and pain than focusing on heaven.   Heaven is where I’ll meet God face to face.  Heaven is where I will be safe from harm because I’ll finally be home where my soul is destined to be.  Heaven is so important… Continue reading Resilience Part 3: Focusing on Heaven

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.  … 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

Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven

Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

  Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear… Continue reading Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing