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Activated March 2012

God Cares - March 2012

Bad things happen, but it’s nearly always possible to achieve some positive result in spite of them. Here’s how that works.
 

01-03-2012
All Things Work Together for Good
All Things Work Together for Good

In Reaching for the Invisible God, Philip Yancey writes, “Many Christians quote the verse Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,’ with the implication that somehow everything will turn out for the best.”

I firmly believe in a loving God who wants the best for each of us, but the “it’s all for your good” interpretation does sometimes seem too simplistic, too pat, even hollow. How do you tell that to a couple who have just lost their baby, or to a young woman who was crippled and disfigured...

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01-03-2012
My Lord’s Carrying Me
My Lord’s Carrying Me

Last year my husband and I looked into getting a summer­house for our garden. In England, a summerhouse is usually a small wooden cabin or shed with glass doors and windows—just enough protection to be able to sit out in the garden on the many days when the weather is neither sunny, nor warm, nor dry. After shopping around, we decided to accept a local company’s offer to study our garden and advise us.

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01-03-2012
Of Orchards and Gardens
Of Orchards and Gardens

Not long ago, a friend of mine bought a property and planted about 100 fruit trees. He had to clear the land before he could plant the saplings, and now he must drive to the property regularly to tend to them. The trees won’t bear fruit until they are about seven years old, but then they will continue to bear fruit for decades. An apple tree, for example, bears fruit for about 35 years, and a pear tree can bear fruit for over 100 years.

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01-03-2012
God Doesn’t Change with the Years
God Doesn’t Change with the Years

In times of supreme test, God has revealed Himself to me and I have found Him so real that I could shout with absolute confidence, “I know whom I have believed!”1

God has promised, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”2 “So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’”3 “If God is for us, who canbe against us?”4

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01-03-2012
Always, In All Ways

A prayer of thanksgiving

O Lord, you made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be...

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01-03-2012
Open Doors and Adversaries
Open Doors and Adversaries

When a friend sent me a short Bible study by email, one verse in particular stood out to me: “A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”That was an interesting thought: open doors and adversaries are biblically and sometimes necessarily connected.

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01-03-2012
Good Out of Bad
Good Out of Bad

God foresaw our human weaknesses and personal shortcomings and wove them into His plan for our life. Nothing is outside God’s control, and with our cooperation He is able to bring good out of any situation, even a bad one. In fact, instead of being roadblocks on the road of life, problems often can be turned into stepping stones to bigger and better things.

Here are some biblical examples:

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01-03-2012
Gains from Pains
Gains from Pains

When someone suggested that I try to be thankful even in bad situations, it seemed impossible. I was familiar with the biblical admonition to “be thankful in all circumstances,”1 but it had never dawned on me to take that literally. Was it possible to have a thankful disposition and to vocalize and act on it, even when things were at their worst?

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01-03-2012
God’s Puzzle Room
God’s Puzzle Room

I woke to the sound of my alarm reminding me to put in the eye drops my doctor had prescribed. Out of habit, I covered my good eye to test the vision in the infected one. To my great alarm, my sight was very blurry, much worse than the previous day.

Memories of a painful hospital procedure the day before flooded back. What further tests and procedures would I have to undergo? How had something that had started so small get this bad?

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01-03-2012
Through the Storm
Through the Storm

I can’t promise to spare you from the storms of life, but I can promise to be with you through them. My help comes in a variety of forms. It may not always come in the form you expect, but it will come. I will never leave you to struggle on your own.

When you ask for My help, I will answer your prayer. When you are fearful, I will give you faith to trust Me, peace of mind, and courage to go on. When you are weak and weary, lean on Me and I will give you strength like you’ve...

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