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Prayer to Embrace the Ache

Lord, we ache for heaven. We are acutely aware that this is not right. That the pain we experience is not right. That the pain we see in others is not right. The distress stirs in each of us the cry, How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every sorrow in my heart? Sovereign Lord, You take those cries. You embrace them. You cry over them. And continue to allow them. Because You have triumphed over the cause of them. Lord, stir in us a sense of Your purpose and sovereignty. So we trust in Your unfailing love; our hearts rejoice in Your salvation, that which is both now and not yet. We will sing to You, Lord, because You have been good to us. You see the pain and declare it is not meaningless. Lord, You are so good. I thank You for how You, my Great Redeemer, have been with me through all, drawing me closer into Your embrace, oh Man of Sorrows. Amen. "How long must I wrestle with my thoughts     and day after day have sorrow in my heart?" -Psalm 13:2
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Persevering Through the Hard

Persevering when times are hard means fixing our eyes firmly on Jesus! Trusting that just as He initiated faith in us, so too is He bringing it to perfection through our trials and joys.
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Hold Loosely

Jo reflects on the powerful truth that our God is the Giver of every gift, and our peace and freedom lie in holding God tightly, while holding earthly things loosely.
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Not Yet Come

Jo reminds us that every trial or circumstance we ever find ourselves in is under His Sovereign Hand. He is working all things for good, even when everything seems wrong!
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Prayer Isn’t Nothing

Ever ask for prayers for a stressful situation that turns out to be "nothing?" Jo reminds us that perhaps it turned out to be nothing BECAUSE of the prayers being said.
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A Bruised Reed

Productive or non-productive, our Lord's love and tenderness towards us is unchanging. Jo relates her experience with depression to a bruised reed or a smoldering wick.
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For the New Year…

Rather than making a resolution, what if we ask God to forge the path for our intention setting by focusing on sacred scripture? Jo reflects on her practice of choosing a yearly verse.
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