I love how some homeowners chose to deal with their drought-dried lawns. They paced their yards with green spray paint, and they had lawns to dye for. No more watering. No mowing. Just fake, green grass all summer.
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Actually, such innovation applies beyond the front yard straight into the human heart.
On the surface, most of us look vibrant, successful, content, and happy. And except for the occasional “scene”—when the truth bursts from behind our thin veneers—most of us manage to keep it together long enough to preserve the image.
In social circles where hurting is unacceptable (insert your church’s name here), we quickly learn how to paint on the smile and shake all the hands—while inside we feel as dead and needy as parched grass.
While we may have ideal hopes about tomorrow, and how in that ever-elusive “someday” things will get better, the truth is, life doesn’t fix itself.
Instead, God must fix life. Two essential choices can help.
What we must understand if we hope to maintain a life of faith.
The Bible doesn’t tell us everything. Not even close. That’s because there are huge gaps between most events. Oh, to be sure, the Bible tells us all we need to know. But it leaves out most of the details that scratch our curious itches.
(Photo: The Zin Valley in the Aravah of Israel. Picture by Noam Armonn)
What did Jesus look like?
Was Nehemiah bowlegged?
Did Martha have a sidesplitting laugh?
Was David more handsome than Brad Pitt?
We’ll never know. And this offers a huge encouragement in our life of faith.
What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life he has given you? We want to know God’s plan so that we can trust the plan—but often God hides his plan so that we will trust Him. What can we do in the meantime while we wait for an answer to prayer, a change of heart, or a miracle of provision?
If you enjoyed the book, you will also enjoy hearing me read it to you.
Amazon and other retailers are selling the audiobook for $17.46. But this week only, you can take advantage of the early-bird price plus a bonus I’m throwing in to sweeten the pot.
My publisher required I wait a year to release the audiobook, but the wait is over!
Next week, I’m launching the audiobook only to my blog readers at an early-bird price that represents a ridiculous savings off what retailers will sell the audiobook for. On Monday, I’ll send you a special advanced link to get your discount.
But today, I’m asking one thing of you.
Will you pray?
Here are 3 specific prayers:
That God would use the Waiting on God Unabridged Audiobook to encourage those who believe in God but who don’t understand why He makes them wait so long.
That the audiobook would give strength to the person who is about ready to give up.
That those who have purchased the book in the past year would find new encouragement as I read the book to them.
My prayer for you? I’m asking God to encourage you personally through the Waiting on God Unabridged Audiobook.
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How a hill devoted to a paranoid king offers comfort to our anxious lives.
Herod the Great is often remembered for the biblical account that never appears on Christmas cards. Hearing from the Magi that the “king of the Jews” was born, the paranoid Herod slew all boys under two years old in Bethlehem—a cryptic fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:15.
Of course, Jesus’ family got word of the impending threat and escaped by night to sojourn in Egypt until Herod’s death (Matthew 2:13-18).
When I visited the Herodium in March, I couldn’t help but remember the historical irony that Herod tried to kill Jesus—but failed. Instead, Herod himself died and was buried in the Herodium overlooking the very city where the true King of the Jews was born (Micah 5:2).
The Herodium offers a lesson of great encouragement in God’s sovereignty in our lives today.
The Lord's Prayer Can Be Your Secret Weapon against Losing It
I never thought the Lord’s Prayer would relate to anger. That’s probably because we usually associate the prayer with that sort-of-feel-good moment in church when we all pray the words together. But anger?
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It relates especially when we find ourselves asking, Why am I angry all the time? Especially in my relationships?
It’s tough to see the Lord’s prayer helping much with anger. But it does.
What you can verify about Scripture supports what you cannot prove.
I had lunch with a young man who nursed serious doubts about the Bible. He raised objections. I offered answers. After each exchange, he would shake his head and say, “I just can’t believe that’s true.”
Joshua's words show us the way to succeed in life each day.
Have you noticed when someone says something to you, the tone of what they say speaks louder than their words? As I’ve studied the Bible, I’m convinced something else also contributes to the words: the place the words were spoken.