Everything listed under: adversity

  • What If

    If only I would win the lottery..., or I had more clients than I could handle..., or my church had a pastor...., or I had more friends....., or, or, or.  Wouldn't life be so much better if each of us had a few "if only's" taken care of?  Couldn't God change everything with just a single word or thought?  After all, He is God and can do anything.  Why is it that God allows us to live at times without what we feel we need? I read this morning an illustration about trees that li...

  • Weakness

    I recently visited with a couple raising a severely disabled two year old child.  They fight day and night for the ability to see their circumstance in the light of God's plan and provision.  Some day's they are strong, while others not so much.  Our time together found the wife very weak and emotional.  She was struggling with her many negative thoughts and emotions, she felt that as a christian, she didn't have the right to be upset about her life.&...

  • Skiing

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to enjoy one of my favorite activities, with one of my favorite people.  My son Christian and I spent two days boarding and skiing in the Colorado mountains.  The first day was beautiful, blue skies and a clear view of the amazing landscape.  I am never more aware of God's wonderful design than when I am in Colorado.  The second day brought a totally different climate, 18 inches of snow with wind and colder temperatures.&...

  • Hurt

    "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply."  A.W. Tozer I came upon this quote earlier today with mixed feelings.  Hurt and pain are very hard concepts to grasp.  We would like to think that a loving God would never intentionally hurt His people.  But on the other hand, God knows what it takes to get our attention, and the places He must take us to make us into the people He wants us to be. Tough times are just that, "toug...

  • Affliction

    I have recently had the unfortunate opportunity of working with a family in the process of a divorce.  As a counselor it will always be hard to watch so much pain, hurt and confusion, with no ability at times to help.  But I know from experience that divorce (or any other conflict) is not beyond our ability to overcome.  God wants to use our pain and suffering to further His kingdom, and to strengthen our dependence and relationship with Him.  We can be confident th...

  • Strength

    I am not strong enough.  I am not strong enough to love those who hate me.  I am not strong enough to claim victory in the eyes of defeat.  I am not strong enough to see the silver lining.  I am not strong enough to trust when all seems lost.  I am not strong enough to laugh when I want to cry.  I am not strong enough to cry.  I am not strong enough to be the dad I want to be.  I am not strong enough to be the husband I want to be. I am not stron...

  • Living

    Sometimes it is so very tough to live in an imperfect world.  Living with my many faults, and those of others around me, can bring about so much bitterness, anger, hurt and pain.  What joy to know that God is bigger, and He has established His kingdom, which someday as Christians we will experience.  Today is not about the present, it is about eternity. Romans 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that...

  • storms

    God is good all the time, regardless of where life finds us each today.  It is in Him and through Him that we find His goodness and peace in each passing day.  A friend reminded me last night that in life's troubles, peace is not calm sea's and still waters, rather it is Christ in the boat with us.  Very well put and even more powerful if you take into consideration that his wife is fighting breast cancer.  I am so thankful for God's power and peace through His people in...

  • battle

    In our everyday battles in this thing we call life we find adversaries at every corner, opponents at every side trying to rid us of the joy of living a life of complete joy and peace in Christ.  These come in the form of sickness, loss, marital issues, financial burdens, legal difficulties, and many more to numerous to name.  But the battle is not ours it is the Lords.  Psalms 91 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Al...

  • storms

    I believe most of us have known or know today the concept of adversity.  When we are in the storm it is so very hard to see life outside the storm.  When my wife was in intensive care several months ago it was all I could do to make it through each day, but at each step God was there to see me through.  His presence and strength gave me what was needed when it was needed.  I believe when faced with struggles in life, not unlike when we are in a severe storm, we can get disori...