Author: Nan Jones

Why Should I Thank God for My Thorns?

Streams in the Desert lay open next to my Bible, its pages dog-eared and underlined, with scribbled notes in margins after years of repeated use. This is my seventh year pouring over these life-changing words, and yet this sweet devotional spoke fresh to me again this morning. I had to ask myself, “Why should I thank God for my thorns?”

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland once said, ‘My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns … ‘

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You Are My Strength, So Why Am I Discouraged? ~ A Prayer

Lord, You are my strength and my song. In the night seasons, You come to me and the light of Your glory permeates my darkness and settles my soul. Your presence is so real to me — Your love so palpable.

Why am I discouraged? Why is my soul disquieted within me, weary from a steady stream of events in this fallen world?

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Let Faith Arise Because Fear is Sneaking Around ~ A Prayer

Lord, I love how powerful You are. I have seen Your light, I have watched the enemy tremble at the mention of Your Name. Let faith arise in me because fear is sneaking around tapping on my shoulder.

I know a lot of the ‘fear’ Scriptures: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” …

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How to Be Still to Hear God in My Difficult Place

Curled up on the couch, I watched the sun rise over the ridge. Fresh, cool air streamed in through the open window awakening my senses, drawing my attention to the One who loves me. I cradled my coffee cup and sipped from its warm goodness. I’m learning how to be still and quiet my spirit when I’m seeking the Lord.

Stirring deep in my spirit came a song, “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn … “

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