On the Hard Days

Yesterday one of our very best friends from Georgia passed away unexpectedly. Last night I hugged one of my dear friends whose daughter is leaving today for college and whose husband is battling cancer. The precious young lady who used to cut my hair will bury her mom today. When I wrote Tuesday's post about knowing God holds it all together, I had no idea what the rest of this week would bring. I had no idea I'd be overwhelmed by grief and aching for those who are facing the darkest kind of ... [Read More]

God Is Plotting for Your Glory

"What she does not see with the eyes of her heart is that in all her bitter experiences, God is plotting for her glory. This is true of all God's children. In the darkest of our times, God is plotting for our glory." John Piper God is plotting for our glory. I've been sloooooooowly reading A Sweet & Bitter Providence by John Piper. Using the book of Ruth as a backdrop, Piper carefully explores God's sovereignty. I started reading it about a month ago and even though it's only 160 pages ... [Read More]

Holy Week Meditations: A God Who Understands Our Pain

And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SARACHTHAN?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" Mark 15:34 Have you ever felt forsaken? Has pain threatened to crush your heart, your spirit? Today, Good Friday, this One who is Good, this One who helps us, prays for us, forgives us ... this God who calls us friend, He gets it.  Really gets it. He hurt.  His body was beaten, bruised, crushed.  Scripture says He was wounded for our ... [Read More]