Category Archives: understanding

Please, Don’t Waste Your Sorrows

  “You have given me many troubles and bad times, but you will give me life again.      When I am almost dead,         you will keep me alive.” Psalm 71:20, NCV “He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows … Continue reading

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When Your Name is Changed, [Alterations]

“So Naomi and Ruth went on until they came to the town of Bethlehem. When they entered Bethlehem, all the people became very excited. The women of the town said, “Is this really Naomi?” Naomi answered the people, “Don’t call … Continue reading

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Release the Perfume! [Glory]

“Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.” Song of Solomon 4:10 “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster … Continue reading

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Still Figuring It All Out, [Hopeful Wisdom]

And I’m Still Learning I’ve learned — 1 that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them. I’ve learned — 2 that no matter how … Continue reading

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Especially Peter, [Dynamite]

“Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7, CEV Poor Peter.  He despairs over his personal darkness, and … Continue reading

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Running the Good Race, [Endurance]

23 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly.     He delights in every detail of their lives. 24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,     for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24, NLT We are each on a … Continue reading

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Help Me to Understand My Tears, [Trouble]

In 1895 Andrew Murray was in England suffering from a terribly painful back, the result of an injury he had incurred years before. He was staying with some dear friends. One morning while he was eating his breakfast in his … Continue reading

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