I was reminded again this weekend of the power found in our story. God is able to take and redeem the most difficult of experiences and situations and bring about something beautiful amidst the pain. If you have experienced pain, loss, disappointment – that experience is not void of purpose. Understanding the journey of pain wont solve your pressure in this moment. It will perhaps reveal something of God’s leading in your life and how God might use you down the road.
There seems to be a process to our pain: Pain – Sadness – Comfort – Redemption. Each of these have a season where they become prominent in our lives. Knowing the process of pain does not make suffering any easier. It simply gives vision for what is to come.
Pain is the first and most obvious stage in the process. Whether it comes in the form of trauma or…
An uplifting post by Cory Lebovitz—worth reading—and he’s right. It’s not about our skills, efforts, relationships, or previous experience. The difference maker is the reality of God’s presence among us.
One person can make all the difference. For instance, a quiet night alone at home can be a boring couple of hours trying to find something to do. However if my wife is there suddenly it is a calm and peaceful night with a person I love. Her presence makes the difference. A solo walk […]
Psalm 3 1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain.
It is believed that David wrote this Psalm when on the run from Absalom, his son.
He begins by sharing with the Lord that the number of enemies he is facing is many. We should certainly relate to this because there have been times that life has pressed in on us and it seems like there is trouble on every hand. The trouble becomes our focus. The enemy comes in many shapes and sizes…if it is not this, it is that or perhaps both…
For those who are talking about the predicted West Coast earthquake—the one that is supposed to wipe out everything on the west side of the I-5 freeway. Yes, yes, I know; experts have been predicting the big one for years. The Bible makes such prophetic predictions as well (see Matthew 24:7, Revelation 8:5). No doubt, it will happen at some point, maybe sooner than we think. Not that we shouldn’t be concerned, even prepared. Still, I thought you might enjoy (is that the right word?) reflecting on this old song from late 1960s and early 1970s. The song charted #7 in Los Angeles in March 1969.
Shango – “Day After Day (It’s Slippin’ Away)”
Inspiration for writing, reflection, or otherwise can come from many genres.
I heard the Casting Crowns’ song, “Broken Together,” on the radio yesterday. And loved it. Apparently, it has been out for a while. Still, if you haven’t heard their simple tune and thoughtful lyrics, it’s worth giving a listen.
Inspiration comes from many sources, even brokenness.