Worn Out

By: Kandy Persall You are not alone. The anxiety, discouragement, and hopelessness you feel aren’t because of your doing. The evil one has unleashed an all-out war against anyone with peace, contentment, and hope. Consistently evil has been called good, and good is called evil (Isaiah 5:20).  You pushed through in the beginning months of your discomfort and disorientation, but as the months dragged …

Peaks and Valleys

There is more to Christ than I wanted.  In the early days of our relationship, I basked in the gentle qualities like His love, peace, and comfort (1 John 4:18; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 1:3). He and I would go on dates where He proved to be my Joy, Hope, and Help. My quiet times with Him were like picnics …

The Solution to Despair

“God, I feel hopeless. How do I even begin to pray?” Then, as softly and gently as a whisper, I heard His voice, “May the God of hope, fill you.”  Shocked, I asked, “Can I expect an infusion of hope? Is this a promise to which I can cling?” With an eager search, I found this fragment nestled within Paul’s …

The Stain

In the dream, I was a little girl again scrubbing a stain on the linoleum. On hands and knees, I scoured the inky blot as an unseen figure stood over me. Forced at the task until the sickening discoloration disappeared, I kept my head down as my tears mingled with the blackness of the blot. Each time I awoke, I …

Want

  “The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, ‘Ask what you wish Me to give you’” (1 Kings 3:5).   Wouldn’t you love that dream? God appears to you to ask, “What do you want Me to do for you? Anything. Just name it.”   God wasn’t the only One to ask this question. …

Shake, Rattle and Roll

  In the inky darkness of 2:00 a.m., we awoke to the groaning of our twenty-five floor apartment building. An earthquake rocked us out of our beds on the seventh-floor. Feeling that our apartment was nearing ground level with every tremor, we jumped out of bed, grabbed our children, and escaped into the night.   For weeks after this 7.6 …

When Things Seem Bleak

  My dear child,   Things before you are not as they seem. From outward appearance, the situation appears as overwhelming and ghastly. You see it as a great, immovable fortresses which are against My Kingdom purpose.   Come here, my love. Let me remove the blinders that are blocking your sight (2 Corinthians 3:16).   I’ve allowed these situations to awaken you from …