Roller Coaster of Emotion

Fear, frustration, anger, loneliness, sadness, excitement, encouragement, gratitude, love – all these emotions have battled for our focus during the last few months. With our world facing unknown results of disease, financial disaster, social isolation, and civil turmoil, most of us have been on an emotional roller coaster that has us up one moment and... Continue Reading →

“Have Patience”

“Have patience”- that’s one of those phrases that none of us like to hear, but all of us need to practice. With the growing fears of illness, economic stress, thoughts of “when will this be over,” and claustrophobic feelings, we might be struggling with patience. By nature, we aren’t patient people and that becomes much... Continue Reading →

On Your Mark

The runners stand at the starting line posed in a ready position. Their eyes are fixed straight ahead. Starting a new year is like starting a race. We are filled with anticipation and yet anxiety about what our race entails. How can we win in this marathon of 2020? Here is a huge overstatement –... Continue Reading →

Give Thanks to the Lord

The doctor saves your life through a complicated medical procedure. Your relative pays a huge debt you owed. That friend you sinned against reconnects with you because he or she wants to forgive you and reconcile the friendship. Facing these types of wonderful experiences, we are overflowing with gratitude. The words “thank you” feel insufficient... Continue Reading →

Trust the Instrument

On the evening of July 16, 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and her sister left on his personal plane. While they were in the air, there was a sudden dramatic increase in the haze and wind. “Then Kennedy's mind started playing tricks; the instrument panel and his head were telling him different things. .... Continue Reading →

Waiting through the Storm

“Wait” – none of us like that word. It’s frustrating to wait in traffic. It’s frightening when we call the doctor’s office for serious health concerns, and we have to wait for an appointment. It’s heart-breaking when a loved one makes a series of bad choices, and the only option we have is to wait... Continue Reading →

Treasuring the Word

During World War II, missionary Darlene Deibler was separated from her husband and taken to a Japanese internment camp where she joined many other women in various forms of cruel treatment and slave labor. Diseases ran rampant through the camp, and emotional damage was common. Darlene decided on a solution, The first night in our... Continue Reading →

“Standing on the Promises”

During World War II, Russell and Darlene Deibler were missionaries in New Guinea. Japanese soldiers separated them into different internment camps. The women in the camp were forced into excruciating tasks and given inhumane treatment. A few months later Darlene was taken to another camp where she was falsely accused of being a spy for... Continue Reading →

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