Thanks in hard time

With everything our nation has been through this year, it might seem counterintuitive to set aside a day for giving thanks. But then, one might have said the same thing 157 years ago when our nation was embroiled in a brutal civil war. Yet it was in the midst of that nation-dividing, death toll rising, fear and striving moment that President Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation. His words then ring just as true today - we must never lose sight of what we've been given, of what God's done, and of who He is.
Tags:  Thanksgiving, Trial, Roberts, Theology of Work

You're testing me

When things seem to be going all wrong, where's God? Is He testing you, giving you what you deserve, making an example out of you ... or what?
Tags:  Trial, Perseverance, Faith, Campbell

Shake it off

There comes a time when the right thing to do is to just shut things down and move on. This shouldn't happen out of frustration or impatience, though. The wise man is able to persevere through the struggle because he trusts that God has a purpose in it.
Tags:  Trial, Struggle, Hardship, Resolve, adversity

Give thanks - for everything

At this time of year, we typically focus on the enjoyable things we have experienced. But what about the many hard things this year has brought? Are we supposed to pretend all is well in the world, even when we're hurting, struggling and grieving?
Tags:  Thankful, Gratitude, Trial, Tamasy