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We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows difficulties in our lives to crush us, humble us and rework us, molding us into something new. Just like grapes are crushed for wine — the crushing isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s necessary. In the book of Micah, the prophet speaks to the nation of Israel, telling them they…

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV) 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. It’s hard to wait – let alone be in a season of waiting.  Having to wait can stir up questions and emotions within us and we always seem to want to rush through the waiting as fast as we can.  It can feel so draining, and like such a waste of time when we have to wait. During times when I…

In these heartbreaking times, it’s easy to question where the world is going and to search for hope, goodness and truth in it all. But that can lead to painful questions. What is truth when somebody is callously killed? What is truth when unrest and turmoil sweep across cities? What is truth when disease ravages nations? What is truth when new headlines seep into your thoughts, wearing down your well-being and upending your balance? Here we are, in the throes of chaos, hurting at the result, wondering what is truth in all this? It’s a question that goes back thousands…