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Are you facing an impossible situation? I look back over my life in amazement at all the times there were seemingly no solutions, no resources, no way through; only to find that there was actually a door in what I thought was a wall.

Everyone’s impossible situation feels unique to them. There occurred a fascinating story during the ministry of Jesus that, although we will never face this same situation, gives us great insight into dealing with the impossible, no matter the specific circumstances.

You may know this incident as the Feeding of the 5,000 or Feeding the Multitudes. The…


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In the spiritual realm, when we talk about doubt, it usually causes no more than a shrug of our shoulders. In comparison to other ‘big’ sins we might commit, it is at the bottom of the list…a soft sin, so to speak.

I was recently confronted with this passage in the Scriptures that got me thinking about doubt from God’s point of view…When I doubt, I am actually imposing limits God’s abilities and character.

They spoke against God;

they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?

True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed…


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Living without meaning is dark, dry, and painful. The idea that we spend our lives on this planet, dealing with what seem to be endless problems, only to end in the grave, can plunge a person into despair. What is there is get up for in the morning? Why even bother?

There are dark voices all around us and sometimes within us that shout, “Life is futile”. It is the same cry that King Solomon, (a man renowned for great wisdom) shouted as he set out to discover the use in life. …


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There are so many times when my prayers are simply slipping notes of requests under the door of God’s sanctuary. I might send a memo to thank Him for all He has done and to praise Him for His glory. But I don’t enter. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us to come boldly and with confidence to God’s throne. The door is open. The way was made available when Jesus died on the cross to give us access to the Father. For whatever our reasons, we sometimes just hang around outside the sanctuary.

In Psalm…


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Have you ever been swimming at the beach and glanced toward the shore to find your towel gone from sight? Even though you thought that you were swimming close to where you entered the water, the gentle pull of water currents gradually led you away without you having any sense that it was happening. Because those currents sometimes strengthen into dangerous rip tides or ‘undertows’, authorities will post different color flags along popular beaches to alert swimmers of the water conditions. Ignoring a red flag is a foolish risk of one’s life.

In a similar fashion, the Bible hoists a…


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Transitioning from one chapter of our lives to the next can be rough. Change introduces an element of insecurity because our lives are in the process of being redefined. Everything that was solid begins to move.

The gap between what I know and what God knows is the space where anxiety rises up. It’s not that what is coming on the other side of a transition is unknown, it is simply unknown to me. An easy shift of thinking makes all the difference in my peace and security. …


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Memory is a powerful thing. It’s not just a recollection of facts, but a storehouse of emotions. Pondering our past has the power to chain us or to free us, making it vital to evaluate how we deal with our past and its emotions. Doing so can help us in significant ways to flourish in the present and propel us into the future.

Consider these four tendencies and how they might affect us in the present:

Pining for the ‘good old days’ — If we have had a season or seasons in our lives that were especially gratifying, then the…


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For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. (1 Corinthians 16:18)

Webster defines the word refresh to mean: to revive, restoring strength; to replenish, in terms of supply; to run water over or restore water to reinvigorate. That last phrase makes me think of the Peace Lily in my living room.

It is a beautiful plant and easy to care for because I don’t have to guess when it needs water. Its leaves begin to visibly droop. I simply respond to its change in appearance by watering it and, remarkably, within a short time, the plant…


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Among the most difficult feelings for people to bear, is the feeling of being judged. There are few of us who haven’t been victims of this kind of assault. Whether by words, body language, attitudes, or actions, receiving someone else’s condescending disapproval cuts our hearts like a knife.

It is distressing to realize that when it comes to judging others, we are not only the victims, but are also inclined to be the offenders. There are safeguards which, with God’s help, enable us to be gracious in our dealings with our fellow-flawed human beings. …


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Have you ever wondered about persisting in prayer when the answer has not yet come? Have you questioned why God encourages us to keep asking? On the surface of it, it seems futile. Did He not hear me the first time? Is it that I have to talk Him into answering my request? Even Jesus taught that the Father knows what we need before we ask Him.

Jesus told two stories about persistent prayer. One was a story of a guest arriving unexpectedly at someone’s house. The host went to his neighbor at midnight, asking for some bread and continued…

Giselle Timbie

Giselle is a Christian minister, speaker, and the author of "Take Heart: Moving from Victim to Victor"

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