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My Refuge, My Strength

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 In the tent of my afflictions, Christ is the refuge to whom I flee, laying my weary head upon His breast. He paints upon His magnum opus with …Continue reading →

The Hard Frost of Winter’s Spring

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet This past year has been the most difficult and the most blessed. Our family has experienced and continues to experience a stream of trials, afflictions, and dates with Murphy’s Law. We are …Continue reading →

How to Encourage a Friend

God hath made it a debt which one saint owes to another to carry their names to a throne of grace. William Gurnall Our journey toward the long tomorrow takes us through the most dismal valleys, across darkened chasms, and over the most formidable peaks. Traipsing the black shadows of wilderness we encounter tempest and eerie calm, drought and desolation. …Continue reading →

By the Grace of God

I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am. John Newton God, be merciful to me, a sinner (Luke 18:13c). …Continue reading →

Providence in the Tempest

As the hard frosts in winter bring on the flowers in the spring, and as the night ushers in the morning-star, so the evils of affliction produce much good to those that love God. Thomas Watson As I was driving my son, Joshua, to yet another appointment at Denver Children’s Hospital, Chris Rice’s rendition of It is Well with My …Continue reading →

He is Everything to Me

“It is a strange thing that when men talk about the love of God, they show by every word they utter that they have no conception at all of the depths of God’s love. If you want to find an instance of true gratitude for the infinite grace of God, do not go to those who think of God’s love …Continue reading →

The Road Not Traveled Alone

  The Road Not Traveled Alone Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;   not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;  distributing to the needs of the …Continue reading →

A Call to Service in the Midst of Suffering

A Call to Service in the Midst of Suffering Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, …Continue reading →

The Road Before Us

The Road Before Us ~ The Foundations of Christian Culture When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith. Abraham Kuyper As one …Continue reading →

The Beauty of Burden

The Beauty of Burden ~ How God’s Grace is Sufficient for Me This is not my personal story for it belongs to Christ alone as the Great Author and perfecter of my faith. Every chapter, every paragraph, every sentence, from before the foundation of the world, was penned by the magnificent and glorious Sovereign God. He has written the most …Continue reading →

Why I Write

My chief desire in all my writings, is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him beautiful and glorious in the eyes of people; and to promote the increase of repentance, faith, and holiness upon earth." ~ J.C. Ryle

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