Archive for November, 2010

He Knows

November 20, 2010

“It was all a part of His time of seasoning for me. I took my apprenticeship in living when I was thrown into that dungeon. The first day of the iron chains, and in the darkness of that place, I asked myself, “Has this happened to me without God’s knowledge or consent?’ And my heart resounded with, ‘No! He knows and consented.’ So, I reasoned, He must have a plan! But at that time I never had a dream, a sign; nor did I have any solid proof He was working…only a quiet confidence that He was!”

– Joyce Landorf Heatherley, Joseph, 1979

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Affliction

November 15, 2010

“Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I keep your word.”

– Psalm 119:67

A Miracle

November 15, 2010

“A ‘no’ answer has purged sin from my life. It has strengthened my commitment to Him, forced me to depend on grace, bound me with other believers, produced discernment, fostered sensitivity, disciplined my mind, taught me to spend my time wisely, and widened my world beyond what I would have ever dreamed had I never had that accident in 1967.

My affliction has stretched my hope, made me know Christ better, helped me long for truth, led me to repentance of sin, goaded me to give thanks in times of sorrow, increased my faith, and strengthened my character.

Being in this wheelchair has meant knowing Him better and feeling His pleasure every day. If that doesn’t qualify as a miracle in your book, then may I say in all kindness, I prefer my book to yours.”

– Joni Eareckson Tada, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty, 2010

The Blessing of Suffering

November 15, 2010

“I noted that special spiritual blessings were given to the persons who were permitted to be sick and that most of the persons, if not all of them, were finally constrained to testify that they believed that the sickness had proved to be even better than health could have been.

If I may be permitted to refer to my own experience in this connection, I would witness to the fact that the deepest and most precious and most abiding spiritual lessons which God has been pleased to teach me were learned in consequence of enduring my various experiences of sickness…

I feel it would have been nothing short of a calamity to have missed the physical suffering through which I have passed. I am positive that I have sometimes met with God’s refusal to heal when I have been most in fellowship with Him.”

– Henry Frost, Miraculous Healing: Why Does God Heal Some and Not Others?, 1931

Freedom

November 8, 2010

“Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

– Isaiah 41:10