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A Prayer to Release Praise in the Midst of Suffering

Lord, You are mighty to save, to deliver me from all my troubles. You hung the stars in place, You tell the ocean how far it can come — nothing is too hard for You; You do all things well.

And yet, my suffering remains.

And my heart hurts.

And my mind drives me crazy with restless thoughts.

Where are You, God, when everything falls apart?

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The Parable of One Solitary Tree

High atop the mountain ridge stands a lone evergreen surrounded by the stark, barren trunks and branches of a full forest of deciduous trees. Oak and locust, elm and maple packed in like a crowded marketplace speak clearly of the dead of winter.

But one solitary evergreen stands alone.

It’s odd to see a pop of deep green in the midst of winter gray and brown. A cluster of evergreens, yes. But one solitary tree shouting life in the dead of winter … well, it spoke to my heart.

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A Name Beyond Comprehension

Jesus … Jesus … Jesus. There’s just something about that Name.

Master, Savior, Jesus … like the fragrance after the rain …

The words flowed easily from my lips as Blue and I trudged along the country road, faces to the wind. This powerful song has ministered to me in astounding ways over the years because of the simple Truth it holds.

There really is something about that Name.

And now, here’s the nugget of gold the Lord helped me dig up …

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A Prayer When You’re Waiting for Help to Come

Lord, You promise to go before us. The light of Your Presence and the truth of Your Word are the lamp to our footsteps, leading us forward, even through the shadows of difficult places.

You are with us always. You never leave us. You never forsake us. Bless You, Lord!

You call us to come — to sit with You in Your dwelling place. When our stubborn self-sufficiency finally surrenders, we find You again — we hear Your delicate whisper bidding us to come.

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Where is God When I Need His Peace?

Lord, You are my strength when I am weak. You are my peace when my spirit is disturbed. You are my song when I am weary. What would I do without you? If I shouted my praise to the highest mountain — it would not be enough. If I literally spent my life worshiping You from sunup to sundown — it would not be enough. You alone are worthy of all praise. It is You, Lord, that I love.

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