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The Art of Writing in Adversity

Sisyphus is my pen name in the barrage of life’s adversities. I am a writer. I cannot get around it. I cannot ignore it. I cannot escape it even as I stand drenched in affliction’s many tempests. Although the past two years have proven to be challenging and heart wrenching, I have come to realize there is no better time …Continue reading →

Christ’s Image In Reflection

It is very rarely that one affliction comes alone; commonly, afflictions are not single things, but they come one upon the neck of another. God may strike one man in his possessions, then in his body, then in his name, wife, child or dear friend, and so it comes in a variety of ways; it is the way of God …Continue reading →

Homeschooling in the Chaos of Life’s Storms

Homeschooling can be difficult enough under normal circumstances. Relationships and financial concerns, curriculum and scheduling choices, balancing homeschooling with life–these are common struggles within the homeschooling community. Finding the right curriculum to suit my children has been the greatest task in all the years I’ve homeschooled. Nothing seemed to work with my children and their unique learning abilities. Then there …Continue reading →

Broken, Beautiful, Blessed

O the windings, the turnings, the ups and downs that He has led me through! And even so, it still seems as if it will be a long way to the shore. ~ Samuel Rutherford O gracious and beautiful Savior, let there no longer be any pretense plaguing my heart. Let not the trials and tempests be for naught. I …Continue reading →

Thy Will Be Done

Here I am again, seeking your presence, asking for your mercy and grace to sustain me. And once more you have provided though I have not easily discerned it. In seeking shelter I have failed to realize your provisions– it is in this storm I have found you. You are the rain that washes over me in grace. You are …Continue reading →

Book Review: Portraits of Faith

Book Review: Portraits of Faith God is gracious indeed. Through the midst of the storms of life He, being rich in grace and mercy, sends us a word of comfort, of wisdom, of strength in the most unlikely places. This past year has been particularly difficult for our family in the weight and manner of affliction. Our Lord has been …Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Praise You in This Storm: Part Two

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 When I wrote Praise You in This Storm not even a week ago I had no idea that God would yet again test me. My youngest son, Josiah, will be 15-months-old later this week. …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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