Healing In Desperate Times

You are going through a rough time, shaking your head in disbelief — denying this is really happening to you. You are stuck in the middle of a hardship, wondering if you’ll ever get out of this. It hurts! People are coming across your way asking: “Where is your God in all of this? Doesn’t He care?”

I’m going through a hard time in my life at the moment — one of the hardest ones so far. I can still hear my mom saying: “My daughter can face anything because she is so strong. But, you know what? I’m not that strong after all…

Our natural reaction is to deny bad news, ignore any kind of feelings, push away the thoughts that are coming up — anything to blank out the pain. Or, when not in denial, we stand up and pretend we are strong — which might go so far, that even we ourselves believe we can handle all this in our own strength. But we can’t!

Now the last thing we want to do — or feel like doing — is to lift up our hands and praise God. “And how could you, how dare you, in such a time as this,” the world may tell you. But this is exactly what you and I need in desperate times! Worldly people don’t understand that. They are strong until they face abuse, cancer, death, whatever… Then they are helpless and don’t know what to say except for: Yes, get help, come to terms with it. But then, get over it and move on!

Precious child of God, the Bible is full of stories of people who got hurt, who were in pain, who faced the same or similar issues than you do in life. Also, God’s Word is filled with His Promises, with beautiful Psalms, hymns and comforting verses. He will be your Strength, your Peace, your Comfort! He said He would. Cry out to Him and trust that He hears you and cares for you. Give praises to Him in midst of all your troubles. Praising Him is so, SO healing.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 KJV)

St. Patrick‘s Day 2018

Tomorrow is the 17th March — St. Patrick’s Day. Would you like to find out more about Saint Patrick and how he came to Ireland? There are all kinds of books and stories about St. Patrick out there. We can trust some of them while others contain more fiction than truth.

During our homeschooling years I came across Charlotte Mason* and her view about “living books” for children. The books need to be interesting, written by someone who knows and loves the subject, someone who is able to pull the children into the story and make them remember the facts through it. History, for example, is best taught using these kinds of books but also by using documents and biographies from a good source (original is always best).

The following is a great book! It’s meaty, having a lot of theological content, but it also reveals how mighty God is and how He will work in and through a believer who is going through trials in life.

Confession Of St. Patrick, by St. Patrick (By the way, make a note of their website, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, they have many, many more great books for and about Christians on file. 😉 )

*There is a lot more to say about the Charlotte Mason Method but that would go beyond the scope of this post now. I’ll leave that to a couple of coming posts on this blog. If you want to know more about it right away, go to the Ambleside Online website where you will find an abundance of information about Charlotte and her books and a great deal of help if you choose to home school using this method.

No More Death

When a Christian dies we know that he has gone to be with the LORD. Nothing else could ever compare to the joy and love and peace of being with Jesus for ever and ever.

Nearly 24 hours ago I received a text message from my brother that my dad just died. It still sounds strange in my ears and I’m sitting here, shaking my head. I’m in a stage of denial, I guess, not wanting to think about this fact yet. But with his funeral coming up soon, I will have to.

Not even three months ago I’ve shared my thoughts and pain about my mom’s death. Now I’m having very similar thoughts and pain about my dad’s death. And now I need to cling unto the same comfort of not knowing whereto he has gone — hoping that, just like that one man next to Jesus on the cross, he was called home to Paradise within his last breath.

The following verses are giving me great comfort, not just after the death of a loved one who (hopefully) went to be with the LORD but especially during any time of hardship:

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

(Revelation 21:4 — KJV)