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Posts by Rachel Wojo

Today’s Truth

I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers (II Timothy 1:3 NIV).

Friend to Friend


Bone-weary and mentally exhausted, the morning had arrived, and another day had begun. I’m guessing you’ve been there. When the phone rang, I did my best to listen to the voice on the other end of the line.


My heart skipped a beat at the news of my loved one. It was cancer. Before I could finish the call, the phone vibrated again. Upon ending the voice conversation, I read the text: “How can I pray for you?”


The friend who sent the text had no idea of the news I was receiving when she sent it. She only knew that the Holy Spirit was prompting her heart to text me, and she obeyed. I’m so grateful that she did.

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Today’s Truth

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans (Romans 8:26 NIV).

Friend to Friend


She, too, had lost her daughter, though her circumstances were completely different than my own. Her note began: “I know you are a praying woman.”


Wow. I felt honored to receive her prayer request, but my heart sank as I read the desperate details. I whispered, “Jesus, have mercy. I don’t know how to pray for this new friend. I can’t wrap my head around her situation.”


The grief washed over me on her behalf, triggering a fresh flood of personal sorrow. I found myself weeping and wishing the world wasn’t filled with suffering and despair. I dried the tears with the backs of my hands, and a sigh escaped. Then a groan.


Perhaps you’ve experienced that same kind of groan.

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Today’s Truth

In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10 NIV).

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If you’ve ever experienced getting the breath knocked out of you, then you never forget the feeling. Mine was in the second grade. I tapped on the shoulder of the boy in front of me to let him know the bus line was moving. Only he didn’t care. When panic seized, and I thought we would be left behind, I tapped on his shoulder once more. He chose that moment to turn around and punch me in the gut. The wind left my lungs, and I fell to the floor, unable to make even a whisper. Needless to say, I missed the bus, and he spent lunch and recess with the principal for the week.


The next time I

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Today’s Truth

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased (Luke 2:14 ESV)!

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While Christmas is full of joy and celebration, the world is not exempt from sorrow during this season. For many of us, our hurting hearts experience intensified ache as memories flood our minds. Whether thoughts of a loved one now in heaven or painful circumstances of the present, the Christmas season often ushers in a wish for things to be different. Sometimes it’s not a present pain, but the ache of a painful past escorted in afresh.


Discouragement doesn’t stop lurking at Christmas. Disease doesn’t stop waging its war. Death doesn’t pause for a few days. What does “Joy to the World” really look like?


That first Christmas appeared much different than today’s exuberant celebrations. When Jesus was born,

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Today’s Truth

So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength (Judges 5:31 NIV).

Friend to Friend


“How’s your prayer life?” she asked me. My heart immediately sank in recognition that my dear friend’s question came because she knew me. She knew that if I was fighting discouragement, then I was most likely struggling to pray like I needed to, even like I wanted to. My prayer life at that moment certainly couldn’t be described as vibrant. In fact, it couldn’t even be described as consistent.


I’m guessing that you’ve been there. Whether you failed to carve out your daily quiet time or your schedule has been left without margin, life happened and when discouragement knocked on your door, you flung it wide open. I can understand how easily this happens, but you are not

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Today’s Truth

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6 NIV).

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As a child, my parents took me to church every time the doors were open. I heard thousands of sermons in my childhood and every sermon held at least one illustration. I certainly don’t remember all of them, but there is one that stuck. One Sunday morning, the pastor explained that when we’re driving a car in the dark, we can’t see all the way to our destination. But we get in the car and trust that the car lights will remain on. As we drive, little by little, the roads are illuminated.


No one ever stomps their foot and says, “Well, I’m just not going to go anywhere tonight because my car’s lights aren’t shining all the way

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Today’s Truth

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. (Romans 12:12, NLT)

Friend to Friend


When my special needs daughter, Taylor, was ages 4-6, she could sing like a little bird. From If You’re Happy and You Know It to I Love You, You Love Me, she knew dozens and dozens of songs and everywhere she went, she sang. She often sang herself to sleep.


I will never forget the last time she sang Jesus Loves Me all the way through. Not long after that, disease stole her words. While she could no longer sing, she still loved to listen to music. In the last weeks of her life as her suffering grew worse, when we played praise music in her room, I could feel a difference in the tension of her body.


There

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Today’s Truth

Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord. (Psalm 107:43, NIV).

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One sunny afternoon, my family enjoyed a beautiful day at the zoo. To catch a bit of cool air, we opted to go into the reptile house. Though it’s not my favorite, the boys were anxious to see the snakes, so snakes it was. Within a few seconds of entering the foyer, all eyes honed in on the various exhibits.


Suddenly a low growl like a crocodile permeated the room. Within a minute, I could no longer see my sweet 3-year-old, Tristina’s, blonde curls bobbing anywhere nearby. Panic seized my husband and I at the same time. The circular building forced him one way and I the other. She was nowhere to be found. I raced out the

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Today’s Truth

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10, NIV).

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You know that pit that forms in your stomach when you’ve made a mistake?


When I was a child, I loved to help my mom carry groceries from the car into the house. I do not know what it was about the weekly process that was so enjoyable to me, but I remember it made me happy. One day I grabbed a gallon of milk that was too big for me to handle at the time. I remember the “You probably shouldn’t try that” look on my mom’s face. Just as I began to skip to the porch, proving my strength, the milk slipped from my hands onto the asphalt, breaking open and leaving a white trail. What

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Today’s Truth

The LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.

(Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)

Friend to Friend


The letter had arrived. I had been waiting for weeks and finally, there it was! With my breath half-held, I ripped open the back, unfolded the paper, and began to speedread the words, rushing to reach the point of the letter.


Denied. My sweet Taylor’s special needs bathtub insert had been denied by the insurance company. Showering her had become somewhat of an Olympic feat, trying to wash her well and hold her up at the same time. Though she could no longer sit up alone on the shower chair, someone felt she didn’t meet the proper criteria.


Time seemed to stand still for a moment as discouragement poured over my heart and mind. Why did life with a

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8