The Peace that Rescues a Fear-Filled Heart

The Peace that Rescues a Fear-Filled Heart

In the first few days after we came home from the three-week hospital stay, I’d be standing in the kitchen (something I do a LOT of these days), either at the stove cooking or at the sink washing away the remains of another meal, and I’d subconsciously feel LeRoy coming up behind me. At least that’s what it seemed like, that I heard, or maybe just “felt” him moving up behind me to give me a hug, or put his hand around my waist, like he’s done a million times. It was just a natural movement in the rhythm of our lives. But then, I’d realize no one was there. I only thought he was walking into the room, like so many times before. But no one was there.

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Trail Markers for the Frightening Wilderness

Trail Markers for the Frightening Wilderness

When LeRoy and I were hiking a few years ago, we started out on a clearly marked mountain trail. But the further we went, the fewer the trail markers! Gradually we were wandering through rough terrain and completely off track. After several hours of trudging through the wilderness, searching for signs of our original trail and coming up with nothing, we finally admitted we were lost. As the sun was starting to set, we found a barbed wire fence at the edge of the woods and crossed it, wandered onto a dirt road, and flagged down a lone pick-up truck to hitch a ride back to our car—more than twenty miles away!

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Bringing Life to the Barren Womb

Bringing Life to the Barren Womb

She lived with the pain of longings unfulfilled, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for motherhood now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” (Luke 1:5–7). And yet, Elizabeth struggled under a shadow of shame. In her culture, childlessness was viewed as a sign of God’s disfavor. But things are not always as they appear.

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Standing at the Red Sea’s Edge

Standing at the Red Sea’s Edge

Not exactly the Red Sea, but it feels a lot like it. Disappointing, but not surprising news. We spent much of last week in Dallas for appointments and tests. LeRoy’s MRI showed that there has been virtually no change in the spinal cord lesion, which is why he is still having so much pain. These days, I’ve been spending time in Psalm 106:

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Bringing Life to the Barren Womb

Bringing Life to the Barren Womb

She lived with the pain of unfulfilled longings, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for bearing was now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” (Luke 1:5–7). And yet, Elizabeth struggled under a shadow of shame. In her culture, childlessness was viewed as a sign of God’s disfavor. But things are not always as they appear.

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