ChristAlive! Archives: Healing

Do I react to difficult situations with fear or with prayer? Am I faithful in my commitment to praying for the needs of my brothers and sisters in Christ? In early August 2009, our 23-year old disabled daughter, Christa, moved into her own condominium. We knew she was ready to live independently but on August 21st I received the call no parent wants to receive. Christa had been struck by a pickup truck...
What sins do I delight in today? Do I rationalize that my sin is not sin because it’s accepted by the world? What patterns of sin have emerged over my lifetime? Have they changed? What am I doing to equip myself for the fight against Satan, temptation and sin?
There are times when God’s purpose is revealed and other times it is hidden. Investing in daily time alone with him and allowing myself to be transparent with others has helped me to see the Lord work in my life. Jesus rewarded me in a special way one year. I was uncertain as to why I had a desire to drive to Duluth to meet with the CIC men in that chapter. Here is what happened...
We know as Christians that we are called to be good stewards. In the CIC prayer we recognize and ask the Father for the help we need to be good stewards of our talents, time, money and possessions he has given to us. These are easy words to say, but it means that nothing is ours, everything belongs to the Father, especially the people he has put in our lives.
Every day we have the opportunity to proclaim the salvation of the Lord. These opportunities come in the mundane and the spectacular. Feeling better after a bout of sickness? Thank the Lord. Heard from an old friend? Thank God for the love of good friends. Enjoyed a good meal? Thank God for his remarkable providence...
Every day we find challenges and opportunities to place our thinking under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Today will be no different than the others. While reading a book called Theophilos by Michael O’Brien (A fictional account of the person Luke writes to in his Gospel), I came across a helpful analogy that I find to be very true...
Does God always hear me? I not only believe God hears me. I believe he knows my voice. Has God always heard me? I’m sure that he has. My problem was that our dialogues were one-sided. I did absolutely no listening. God knew my voice, but I didn’t have a clue as to what his voice sounded like.
Years ago I was in a world of hurt, and I could not see my way out of my situation. I was bemoaning my state to a sister in Christ. Barbara listened attentively. She did not tell me to “buck up”, nor did she commiserate with me...
How frightening it is for us to give up control, living by faith instead of our own wits! But that was God’s desire for Jesus and that is his desire for us. God does not give us a roadmap to our journey of life. If he did, we would likely try to take control, find a “better” route and mess it up.
I was recently let go from a company I had been with for 11 ½ years. After 25 years of receiving a paycheck every other week, I am now confronted with what I believe to be a test as well as an opportunity. I know the Lord is using this circumstance for his greater glory.

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