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  1. Jean says:

    This is such an important topic for discussion. At the same time, it’s very difficult for many Christians in America (mainly me) to speak on with any credibility.

    God’s Word is perfect and true. But it seems to make its home in the humble. Not an emotional humility, or a fallen face, but an existential humility, which Christ wills to bless some Christians with.

  2. JD says:

    Thank you for that encouraging word. 🙂

  3. Michael says:


    It’s a tough subject to discuss.
    One does not want to doubt the veracity of God’s word or His goodness.
    Yet…many struggle, sometimes in desperation without resolution.

    I’ve ceased to try to understand it all…the best I can do is encourage people along the path.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, JD…

  5. JoelG says:

    Reminds me of this quote about prayer from Buechner:

    “What about when the boy is not healed? When, listened to or not listened to, the prayer goes unanswered? Who knows? Just keep praying, Jesus says. Remember the sleepy friend, the crooked judge. Even if the boy dies, keep on beating the path to God’s door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that, down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer, the God you call upon will finally come.”

    Thank you for the honesty and helpful words.

  6. Michael says:


    Great quote…thank you.

  7. dusty says:

    Keep knocking, keep. Knocking

  8. dusty says:

    Thanks for the reminder….just keep praying and praying.

  9. em ... again says:

    unanswered prayers always make me think of Job… maybe, there are times when we are proving our trust in God as the One Who is in charge – and maybe even, like our Lord, we can dread our circumstances, but serve God’s will? that may be presumptuous, but i don’t think so… dunno
    a while back there was a popular advice given to praise God, no matter what the circumstances – if a piano falls on you, praise God…
    well, God probably is not impressed if we praise Him for the momentary gift of the piano, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t always praise Him and trust Him, does it?
    after a bunch of stuff out of my control, the other day i told Him that i felt like a baby in a car seat that’s fallen out of the car onto the highway – strapped in with no recourse, but to cringe as the traffic whizzed past on all sides
    this walk is, after all, thru enemy territory, is it not?
    i always feel blessed to have spent some years not saved like those baptized babies of some persuasions because this old hymn holds great meaning for me as i once had “Christless eyes”

    ” Loved with everlasting love,
    Led by grace that love to know;
    Spirit, breathing from above,
    Thou hast taught me it is so.
    Oh, this full and perfect peace!
    Oh, this transport all divine!
    In a love which cannot cease,
    I am His, and He is mine.
    Heaven above is softer blue,
    Earth around is sweeter green;
    Something lives in every hue
    Christless eyes have never seen:
    Birds with gladder songs o’erflow,
    Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine,
    Since I know, as now I know,
    I am His, and He is mine.
    Things that once were wild alarms
    Cannot now disturb my rest;
    Closed in everlasting arms,
    Pillowed on the loving breast.
    Oh, to lie forever here,
    Doubt and care and self resign,
    While He whispers in my ear,
    I am His, and He is mine.
    His forever, only His:
    Who the Lord and me shall part?
    Ah, with what a rest of bliss
    Christ can fill the loving heart.
    Heaven and earth may fade and flee,
    Firstborn light in gloom decline;
    But, while God and I shall be,
    I am His, and He is mine.”

    hokey? dunno, but i apologize for the massive use of comment space

  10. em ... again says:

    speaking of our Lord and His submission to the cross, even He reached the point of crying out, “My God, why….?” i think that was His humanity speaking and i don’t think God is offended when we, too, cave under our assigned loads and ask why
    never quit talking to Him, even if it’s a complaint or a cry of despair … IMNSHO

  11. dusty says:

    It is hard to praise God in the bad times….we have to remember all He has brought us through during those times when our soul is weary. His Spirit is with us praying with us

  12. dusty says:

    Em that was not hokey lol. It was very nice.

  13. Paige says:

    Thank you Michael…. a deep lesson, indeed.

    I have very much to be very thankful for, but long ago quit praying specific prayers after extended seasons of praying, begging, supplications, etc, etc with much desperation for several matters. All of those efforts were ‘answered’ with an immovable ‘no’. Over and out. I either didn’t yeowl long or loud enough, or it was never God’s will to accomplish those things… I remain clueless.

    You are a very kind cat dad. God bless you.

    I am in a place of prayers only of thanksgiving, praise and asking for God’s will, God’s best for all matters. I have thoroughly learned my lesson. I haven’t a clue how He works. I trust that He is good.

  14. em ... again says:

    ” I haven’t a clue how He works. I trust that He is good.” that’s a great thot to hold onto, speaking as one who tends to “inform” God as to how He should conduct the universe 🙂

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