Surely We Know ( by Carley Evans )


Surely we each know the pain of life — the unexpected loss of job, the devastating illness or infection, the sudden or prolonged death of loved ones, the demise of self through dementia, the agony of self-loathing and self-doubt, etc. etc. etc. No one is immune. Some pretend to be immune, but no one is.

So, why can’t we say a prayer for each other? Right now!

Thanks! And many blessings!

May God meet all your needs in His perfect way and in His perfect timing. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Tried by Fire ( by Carley Evans )


That God perfects us – His children – through loving yet sometimes harsh discipline is a truth worth mentioning in the context of suffering all of us experience to some degree.

But to say Christians suffer more than non-believers is a misnomer.

All human beings suffer by virtue of the fall and the sinful nature. No one escapes pain while here on this earth. Christians actually should perceptually suffer less as we know a bigger purpose exists and we know the Hand who allows the pain is of a perfect and loving Creator.

Non-believers are awash in a senseless, meaningless agony without explanation! On the other hand we know that discipline, though unpleasant, yields the good to eat fruit of holiness.

Thank You Father God for Your loving discipline! May we always know how kind and merciful You are! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Casting a Literal Weight (by Carley Evans)


A few days ago, I experienced a literal weight on my chest — no, I’m fairly certain I was not having a heart attack. The weight was a tightness above my rib cage at body mid-line. Uncomfortable, for sure.

Up to that point, my profound disappointment that my daughter’s dream was crushed had been expressed, yet not to anyone other than to her and to myself and to God. I’d certainly spoken of and written of my disappointment, but I’d not released any emotion to any one other than those three — i.e. to my self, to my daughter, and to our Lord. Speaking my disappointment to the Lord is always tricky for me — I admit that I have in the past expressed anger toward God, but this time I have held back. I feel I have no right to be angry with God, not this time! As to whether anyone ever has a right to be angry with God — well, that’s a whole other post, isn’t it?

Yesterday, at work, I spoke to someone I like very much — a fellow Christian and work colleague and friend — about my pain that my daughter’s dream was crushed; and I cried oh so briefly — just a rush of emotion and a slight watering of the eyes. Since then, the weight is lifted from my chest and I no longer feel the same sadness I did the day before.

“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, HCSB) “There is no division in the body [of Christ], but that the members should have the same concern for each other.” (1 Corinthians 12:25, HCSB)

Thank You, Lord that You understand our need to express pain to one another so that we may pray one for the other. Help us to fully let go of our hurts so that You may heal us completely. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

Each Time Unbearable-Extraordinary


Each time an event which is almost unbearable occurs in our lives, we learn something extraordinary — we learn that we survive. And we discover a strength within us we might not have known before.

At least, this has been true for me.

The strength I have within is not my own. This strength comes from God, who lives within me. The odd thing is that, for me at least, I didn’t fully comprehend the extent of that strength until an almost unbearable event occurred. At this time, the crushing pain was overwhelming, but the strength within became apparent. Not immediately, but over time. And no, it was not that ‘time heals all wounds;’ rather, this strength grew from my reliance upon the truth that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)