Tag: pain

Joy Revealed

Joy Revealed

Encouragment
There’s just something about a mountain stream that lightens the heart. Something joyful as the water tumbles, bubbles, and dances along its rock-strewn path. The way the light sparkles as it dances against a stone. And the sounds - like laughter that ranges from a gentle giggle to a mighty roar as it splashes from stone to stone. It’s as if the stream is sharing a secret with us if we’ll only stop long enough to hear it. It’s a secret also revealed in God’s Word. Psalms 126 was written for a specific time. For many long years, the Israelites were held captive in Babylon. For years they sowed in tears, grieving over the loss of their homes and longing to return again. It was during those years that we read of Nebuchadnezzar's challenges to their faith, the desire of Haman to kill them,
David’s Bad Day Prayer – Psalm 86

David’s Bad Day Prayer – Psalm 86

Encouragment
This article is much longer than our normal Lambchow Article. It is an edited transcript of the sermon Dale presented at Vineyard Church Peoria on June 11th, 2017. Thank you VCP and Pastor Ben Hoerr for the opportunity. The audio can be listened to on their iTunes podcast or from their website - http://www.thevineyardchurchpeoria.org/2017/06/11/davids-bad-day-prayer/ We’ve all had bad days. One of my bad days happened early in my career as a computer networking consultant. The office machine company I worked for had recently launched a division aimed at this new opportunity of making PC’s talk to one another. There were two of us dedicated to growing that business in Peoria. One of our early calls was to a local Police Department. They had a particular kind of server, and we want
Where Does It Hurt?

Where Does It Hurt?

Encouragment, Forgiveness
If you've spent any time around young children you've seen “the moment.” Something happens, a young child perhaps just beginning to walk or maybe a few years older and able to race around the yard, trips on a toy or falls off of a swing. There is this moment when they look to see how Mom or Dad are reacting to their tumble. It's almost like they’re asking “am I hurt or am I ok?” They can be perfectly fine but if someone reacts with concern they cry or if someone (seeing that they are not really hurt) reacts with laughter or celebration they smile and go about their business. They haven’t yet learned to interpret pain. Pain is a part of our everyday lives. It's like the red warning light on our dashboard telling us that something is wrong although we may not understand what that somethin
Of Butterflies and Mini-vans

Of Butterflies and Mini-vans

Encouragment, Peace
A few days ago our granddaughter Mackenzie showed us a monarch butterfly while we were Facetiming. The story goes that their mini-van developed a strange electrical problem.  Michael had just unlocked the door to retrieve something after he closed the door the lights started blinking for no apparent reason.  He tried different things to make them stop but nothing worked.  A buddy from their church diagnosed the problem as a bad battery and offered to come over and change it.  They found the butterfly under the old battery and gave it to Mackenzie.  Here’s her explanation after overhearing parts and pieces of the conversation between Michael and their friend.  Mackenzie reported rather matter of factly that, “The van broke because the butterfly got under the battery and lost all of its juic
I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know

Encouragment, Stuck
I don’t know what your day has been like.  What stresses arose. The rejections you faced. The anger that rose like a tsunami in your life. Or worse, the complacency and apathy of being treated as if you were invisible. I don’t know the trouble, the pain, the illness that colored every waking moment. I didn’t see the worry and anxiety that assaulted you at every turn or the bear trap of circumstance that gripped your heart. I wasn’t there when the baby cried or the check bounced or when the car wouldn’t start. I don’t know, I didn’t see, I wasn’t there as you faced these things today but I know who was. My prayer this morning was very simple - Lord, what do your people need to hear? The answer back was just as simple and straightforward  - “Tell them that I love them.” God loves you. No
Experience, Not Empathy

Experience, Not Empathy

Archive
I have a document of springboard ideas for Blog articles that I read through when I’m not sure what to write about.  The idea list is made up of basic Bible concepts like grace, love, and faith; a few random thoughts like doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer; and a large list of emotional traumas like stress, bullied, rejected, and unwanted.  We’ve all had times of emotional trauma. The battle may be fresh and ongoing for you or perhaps its old scars that remind you of past pain. Either way Jesus offers hope. Back in the mid-nineties the phrase “I feel your pain” became associated with Bill Clinton.  At first it was an off the cuff remark uttered in frustration during an exchange with a heckler at a fundraiser.* As Clinton’s campaign developed it became an unofficial campaign motto. Howeve