Category: The Angst of Loving


“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Isaiah 49:15 (NIV)

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray they start off the prayer with, “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:5 NIV). Whenever we talk about God, we refer to Him as, well, Him. The Church is a bride waiting for the return of the groom (God). We always think about God as our Father because he is. However, we forget that God is the one who gave love, and all of the attributes of feminine love, to women. Specifically in the area of motherhood.

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In these times of trouble, where can we go for relief from the days that shout harm to us? Images of fear, death, and violence greet us wherever we turn. War is on the lips of the people. Be it whispers in the dark, or the bugler on high, joyfully announcing the crimes of the day. We awake trembling, facing the scourge before us. Who will save us? Where is the light to show us the way? 

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When I think of Jesus’ parables, I think the Lost Coin has got to be one everyone can identify with. After all, I think most of us have misplaced or lost something at least once in our lives, and we know the joy of finding that lost thing. What I find interesting is it doesn’t seem to matter how small the thing is we’ve lost. We’re just so glad to have found it, and when we find it, there’s an urge to tell everyone about it.

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Where do you find hope and encouragement? Before I knew the Lord, my hope and encouragement walked hand in hand with my circumstances. When things were going well, I was encouraged, and when they weren’t my depression would worsen, and life was nothing but bitter. As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. It can be easy though, to get discouraged. Even when we know God is on our side. It’s in those darkest moments when our faith is wavering, and we cry out, “Lord, are you there?” that we are hardest on ourselves because of our lack of faith.

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