Category: Nan Jones author and speaker

Where Is God In My Darkest Night When Pain Overwhelms?

Out from hidden recesses of my heart — those wounds too deep for words — tears flowed. Totally unexpected. Thoughts pummeled me. Where is God in my darkest night?

My daily walk offers a wonderful time to spend with Jesus, walking, singing, talking. This particular day, leaves crunched to the rhythm of my steps while an October blue sky sheltered me from above.

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I’m Asking for Wisdom Lord, but I Can’t Hear a Thing

Lord, I place my trust in You, I stand on Your Word for it is True. I’m asking for wisdom Lord, but I can’t hear a thing. My ears seem to be clogged. Open my ears that I might hear You.

My desire is to obey You in all things, to walk steadily in Your will. You are not a god of confusion, but a God of peace …

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How Can I Know God’s Love Will Never Fail Me?

I wander in my foggy thoughts; weary steps follow weary steps. I press on, but the mountain is steep. The trail is brutal at times. My mind races. How can I know God’s love will never fail me?

Life has been very difficult for a few years now — I know many that have experienced the same. But in the midst of our struggles, God has remained. His faithfulness has been a bulwark against the work of the enemy.

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How to Recognize God’s Abiding Presence

A song in the wind whistled through the pines. Looking up, I took in the majesty of a September sky. I could hear the wind’s song — like a melody played on the strings of a violin. Soft and low. Its moan reflected the cry in my heart — the need for peace and reassurance. I needed to recognize God’s abiding presence.

As pavement transitioned to gravel, and pastureland spread wide, three bluebirds swooped low, crossing my path.

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What Difference Does the Grace of God Make?

When I consider the ways of God, I often think about His grace – what difference does the grace of God make in my life?

Recently, we awoke to cool mountain air. Rain peppered down on earth parched by two weeks of a hot late summer. The air felt fresh. Birds sang, praising their Creator for the refreshing rain.

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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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