“Far be it from you, Lord!”

“Far be it from you, Lord!

Have you ever said something like this to God?

“Far be it from you, Lord…
… to allow those innocent people to suffer like that.”
… to allow this sickness.”
… to allow me to suffer with this ‘thorn in the flesh.'”
… to put my family through this fiery trial.”
… to say ‘no’ to my prayer.”

I must admit that some of these statements sound pretty familiar, for I have have heard them in my own prayers at times. We suffer or see those we love suffering. We long for things to be made right, for everything to be “all better.” But they’re not (yet), and we become angry or hurt or confused, and we say, “Why, God? Far be it from you to allow this suffering!

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God is listening — are we?

With the murder of George Floyd on May 25th and all the discussion that has since come about, I am reminded of the story of Hagar, the Egyptian servant of Sarah.

Twice, Hagar found herself alone in the wilderness.¬† Twice, Hagar was looked down upon, mistreated, “dealt harshly with,” and cast away.¬† Twice, Hagar’s life and the life of her son were on the line.¬† Twice, Hagar was at the point of despair.¬† And twice, God intervened, because¬†He saw and heard her affliction:

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6 Reasons I’m so thankful for my Christian husband

I am so very grateful to be married to a strong Christian man.  There are many reasons why, but here are six:

1 — Because my husband is quick to forgive me (and the Lord knows I need it).¬† He follows Christ‚Äôs example in being ‚Äútenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave [me]‚ÄĚ (Eph. 4:32)

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A handful of quietness

Better is a handful of quietness
than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 

— Ecclesiastes 4:6

At the beginning of this period of social isolation, my wise preacher husband said in a Facebook Live session that this time of solitude and, for some, rest from work, had the potential to be very beneficial to our spiritual lives — if we would let it.¬† If we would choose to spend time in quietness with God.

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