Tag Archives: trials

He Holds Your Hand (Sept 23)

There are times when we really need the comfort and reassurance of our Father’s hand holding on to ours. Remember when you were a child and feeling scared, how good it was to feel the grasp of your father’s loving, strong hand? Life brings many situations where we feel lost and alone. These scriptures remind us that when we don’t know which way to go, God holds our hand as he leads us. And when we encounter difficulties, He protects us from the dangers that surround. Continue reading

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Let Him In the Boat (May 9)

The disciples found themselves in a dangerous place. They had rowed their boat three and a half miles from shore and a storm was brewing.  The strong winds started blowing and the waters were growing rough. Despite the seasoned fishermen that were among them, they seemed to be getting nowhere and were growing frightened. Continue reading

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Fertile Soil (Mar 28)

Is God’s word growing and producing a bountiful harvest of righteousness in you? What is the condition of the soil of your heart? Continue reading

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Rooted Firmly and Bearing Fruit (Feb 19)

Jesus parable reminds us that there are many obstacles to our spiritual growth. God’s word given to us does not always produce a bumper crop. Sometimes the word is stolen. Sometimes because of “rocky soil,” the word gets started quickly but withers. Sometimes the thorns choke the word so that it does not produce grain. Continue reading

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Never Ending Encouragement (Oct 14)

The Thessalonians were going through difficult times of suffering and persecution. They were beat up and bruised by the circumstances of life. They hoped that Jesus would return quickly, but were beginning to wonder if they had missed out somehow. Continue reading

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Always (Oct 12)

We all have times where we are joyful, times when we pray, and times when we are thankful. But are we always joyful? Do we pray continually (without ceasing)? Are we truly thankful in all circumstances? Words like all and always make these verses difficult. Yet, this is God’s will for you. Continue reading

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Purer than Gold (Aug 27)

Job was wrestling with feelings of abandonment from God. He wanted to state his case before the Almighty, but he seemed unable to find him. Often the trials of life bring on such feelings of abandonment. “But if I go to the east, he is not there, if I go to the west I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.” Continue reading

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Scattered on Purpose (June 11)

Sometime God uses the tough times to move us on. Continue reading

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Let Him in the Boat (May 9)

When we find ourselves in difficult places, even frightening places, we need to let Jesus in the boat. In his presence we find joy and strength. When he is there, fears are turned to hope. In his strength we reach our destination despite the wind and waves. Continue reading

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The Place of Abundance (May 6)

Sometimes the road to the place of abundance is a very difficult one. But the trials are there to refine our faith and character. Continue reading

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