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Pure Joy: Three Reasons to Rest and Rejoice in Affliction

Are you facing heartbreaking, hopeless circumstances? Have you been perpetually stuck in a season of suffering and a pit of despair? You can experience God’s PURE JOY! “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3 God’s Word says it clearly … we can consider our affliction and trials pure... read more

Boundless Strength, Eternal Joy

Are you weak and weary? In need of strength? Do you feel sad and hopeless? Are you facing an obstacle that no human maneuvering can overcome? What you need is boundless strength and eternal joy. They are found in one place… For the past four years, I have experienced an annual health collapse that lasts between one and six months of the year.  “A collapse,” you might say, “I thought your... read more

The Resurrected Life

During this Easter season, I’m reminded of the cross of Jesus Christ, the suffering that Jesus endured, and how He took the punishment for our sins — yours and mine. Like you, I can never fully express my gratitude for the price Jesus paid for me to receive eternal life and live in a relationship with Him. Not only did His crucifixion make a way for me to live in a close relationship with Him... read more

A Conscious Decision

I’ve made a conscious decision. In response to the leading of the Holy Spirit, I am going to be more open about my ongoing, residual health challenges. I will deliberately post about them and make my life a little more of an open book. For several reasons, I have been rather silent on this topic in recent years: When summarizing my 20+ year story in a thirty minute session, it is quicker to... read more

5 Steps to Overcome Discouragement This Year

God began my first day of the year in an unusual but significant way. For a couple of weeks I’ve needed to pull journals from a decade ago in order to locate the date of a particular event. I woke in the middle of the night last night and couldn’t go back to sleep, so I thought I’d finally get the task over with and dig out my old journals. My life is apparently pretty boring because I soon fell... read more

Hardship: God’s Training Ground – Scott Brodie Inspires

Thursday night I had a brief shoot for a Shades of Grace media project that will be released this Spring.  I traveled from east Texas (tweeting along the way) to the DFW area because Remnant Media in Rockwall is helping produce the project.  Although I woke very sick that day, it was nothing compared to what Scott Brodie forges through every day by Christ’s strength…and Scott is the subject of the... read more

A Reason to Give Thanks, Even in Hard Times

This Thanksgiving Day, amid financial hardships, tragedies, and crises so prevalent in our nation and around the world, we tend to be preoccupied by all of the negative and challenging circumstances of our lives. As this thought crossed my mind today, the Holy Spirit brought a simple verse to mind: “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you” (Psalm 116:7). No doubt you... read more