Naked Verbs

Sometimes verbs are more powerful without all of their accompanying grammatical clothing. Consider these naked verbs from the 147th psalm. In describing God’s activities in their most stripped down forms, the psalmist says that God: Builds up Gathers Heals (the brokenhearted) Binds up (wounds) Determines Calls (by name) Sustains Casts down (wickedness) Covers Supplies Provides […]

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The heart needs time to heal

Your heart was not designed to be constantly beat up without having time to recover and heal. Even if you are in a season of life where you are facing an endless succession of difficulties—indeed, especially if you are in one of those seasons—you must find ways to let your heart regroup, slow down, and […]

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The heavens, the skies, the mountains, the deep—checkmate!

God’s got you covered! From the summit of Mt. Everest to the Challenger Deep at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, God’s love can find you. At least that is what the psalms say. When the book of Psalms describes God’s love and faithfulness it uses expansive language such as: farther than the east is […]

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Ten minutes before the bad times end

I received some good news recently, and it was great! It made me so happy; my emotions began soaring, and the whole landscape of my world seemed brighter. I felt inspired and alive, so naturally, I did what you probably would have done in that moment—I threw up a quick prayer of thanks. I said […]

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Fear of bad news versus actual bad news

You have no doubt heard Mark Twain’s oft repeated quote: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” There is profound truth inside Mr. Twain’s witty remark, and when you and I reach our own old age, we will undoubtedly say the same thing: we […]

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