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We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love Him. They are the people He called, because that was His plan.

(Romans 8:28, NCV)

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The day of my surgery had finally come … and I was more than ready to have my separated shoulder repaired. Dan and I got to the hospital right on time … and began the tedious process of checking in. If you have ever had any kind of surgery, you know the routine.


I filled out several page of paper work and answered about a thousand questions. The nurse then clipped that oh-so-lovely plastic bracelet on my wrist to make sure the doctor did the right surgery on the right person. Actually, I was just fine with that step.


And then we waited … and waited until one of the surgical nurses called my name. She took me back to

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You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

(Isaiah 26:3, ESV)

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Sometimes when I wake up early in the morning, a Bible verse comes immediately to mind. Other times it’s a lyric to an old, familiar hymn. This morning these words greeted me with the sun: “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word. Just to rest upon His promise. Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.’”


I sang it softly in the shower and I hummed it over the stove, as I scrambled eggs for my children before sending them off to school. When I curled up on the couch with my Bible shortly after, I remembered then searched for the scripture above. I love how the old songs of our faith often

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Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

(Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV)

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There’s a scene in the whimsical and quirky film The Princess Bride in which some bad guys were chasing the movie’s two main characters, Buttercup and Wesley. In order to escape, Buttercup and Wesley ran into the treacherous Fire Swamp. (Insert scary music and creepy feelings here.)


The Fire Swamp has three challenges: fire spurts, quicksand, and the ROUS – rodents of unusual size. (Stay with me…) At one point in the Fire Swamp adventure, Buttercup fell into a pit of dry quicksand, instantly vanishing. Her brave hero, Wesley, quickly grabbed a sturdy vine then plunged in to save his true love. Moments later both characters emerged from the quicksand gasping for breath, stunned by the events that just

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[Jesus said] “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working”

(John 5:17 NIV)

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Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith, told Bob many stories of the growth of Christians. Approximately 1 million believers met in hidden huddles all around the country. “What everybody wants is to see God move,” the pastor explained.


And isn’t that the desire of your heart…to see God move in your life and in the lives of those you love? Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Always at His work. Always. And yet, do we

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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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

(Romans 8:25–27, NIV)

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There are times when my heart is so weary from the struggle my lips can’t string a sentence together. My husband’s work has been stressful and sometimes he brings it home. The children’s learning challenges have been challenging, finances have been tight, I’ve said yes to too many things, I’m tired, and there’s a diagnosis I still can’t wrap my mind around.


Prayer. I know that prayer is the answer. I grew up singing the old Hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. I believe the words I’ve sung countless times, “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” The trouble is, sometimes

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Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.

(Philippians 4:6, GW)

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History tells us that a group of Indians tortured and killed their enemies by staking them to the ground. They then took a wet leather strap and placed it around the neck of their enemy. As the leather strap slowly dried in the blazing desert sun, it would gradually cut off the air supply until their enemy finally choked to death. Worry does the same thing. “Worry” literally means “to be pulled in different directions.” The old English root from which we get our word “worry” means “to strangle.” Worry literally strangles our peace and weakens our faith.


Worry is a control issue.


Worry is wasted energy.


Worry is consuming and unhealthy.


Worry is a joy thief.


Worry is the interest that we

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“Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10a, NIV)

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Be still.


Huh…Do I have to?


Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word “still.” For a super productive ‘doer’ like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just plain goes against my grain!


Even when the word is used to describe the prolonged state of something (for example, “I still struggle with perfectionism”, or “He still hasn’t cleaned up this mess”, or “I am still waiting”) it continues to express a lack of progress, of forward motion, of gaining of new ground. None of these conditions put me at ease.


Yet in Today’s Truth, when the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s written as a directive to you and me,

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Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

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Here’s a question. Do you think obedience to God is easy or hard? Hmmm. Obedience may seem hard at first, but in reality, obedience is the easy way. It is difficult to cope with the messes we get into when we don’t obey. The consequences of sin are hard to deal with. Think about the times you have disobeyed or turned your back on God. What were the results? Easy? Hard?


Satan will try and convince you that obedience is much too hard, that it carries too high a price, but he will never tell you the cost of not obeying God. He will never tell you the glory moments you will forfeit by refusing or ignoring God’s invitation

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)

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I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, “I know that God promises to never give me more than I can handle. But sometimes, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” When trials come and life seems hard, we plead with God to deliver us from the problem when many times, His plan is to deliver us in the problem. Praise does not depend upon an understanding of the circumstance or trial. Praise depends upon an understanding of and faith in God.


As humans, we will never fully understand God – this side of heaven. God is holy and without blemish. God is all powerful and omniscient. He is Creator of the universe and yet lives in

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God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

(Ephesians 2:6, NIV)

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The sparrows sing from branches, perhaps telling of love or war, hope and the weather. I come to our patio table, the one with the wide khaki umbrella, and take a seat in my favorite woven chair. I have raspberry tea in front of me, a book in my hand. I am reading Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller.


Shelly says rest is a gift, a blessing from the heart of a loving God. And yet even in this moment of quiet I fidget, tap my toes, swing my legs, put a hand up to shield my eyes and search for the red-headed woodpecker tap-tap-tapping like the thoughts in my head.


It’s so easy to be endlessly moving, distracted, slow

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