The thing about pearls

I’m usually an optimist and love to find something to laugh at in everything . . . but to be honest, this is a challenge. When the aches and pains begin and the waves increase it’s hard to stay positive because you don’t know how long this round will last, or how much more painful it will get. 

That speaks to so many trials in life, doesn’t it? When the waves roll in and the storm begins, you don't know how long this one is going to last . . . or how much more painful it will get before it's done.

But the Lord is always gracious and where lies whisper, His truth can and does abound. 

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Thoughts for the anxious heart

I live between two conflicted traits: on one side I'm too likely to trust and on the other side I don't trust at all. The result is often that I'm wary of trusting those I love the most--just in case. In my walk with Christ, this causes the most tension because on one side I trust . . . but on the other I'm wary and I like to keep my just-in-case options open. Can you identify?

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Finding hope in the story you didn't want

Unexpected. That sums up so much of life, doesn't it? It seems we are always doing and planning, and then life shifts and we find ourselves unexpectedly changing course. Sometimes these changes in course are the very things we've always wanted. Other times, these course changes hand you the blank pages to a story you didn't want to write. How do we find hope in those cases?

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