Joy in the Midst of Suffering? Aug. 4, 2018

Joy in the Midst of Suffering? ” James 1:2 tells us, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials…” (NIV) Wait! What? Joy in the midst of suffering? My suffering put me in the pit of despair! There was absolutely no joy in my life! However,...

Beauty from Ashes Post #6

  As I read Philippians 1:12-26, I think about Saint Paul sitting in a dark, damp, and cold prison cell writing a letter to the Philippian believers. There, in his dark prison, Paul writes and says that every bad thing that has happened to him has only helped to...

Beauty from Ashes Post 5 August 2017

Turning to God in all situations has been a life long journey. A journey that has changed who I am, what I believe about God and knowing Who He is through experience. Years ago, I read “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”, by Rabbi Harold Kushner. When his son died...

Beauty from Ashes Post 4 Aug, 2017

This I know; God is Love. All love comes from God. God wants us to have what is good for us. God wants us to live abundantly. God cares for us. Then the phone rings. Or someone knocks on the door. They speak the words you don’t want to hear. In a matter of minutes...

Beauty from Ashes Post 3 Aug. 5, 2017

Don’t Waste Your Suffering  As I read and pondered Matthew 10:18 this morning, I noticed something that I hadn’t before. God is so good to me. Isn’t it wonderful that God’s Word is alive so that every time I read it, I am given new insight into verses that I’ve read...

Beauty from Ashes Post 2

I read Psalm 34 this morning and it always give me great comfort and hope. “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name...