Category: Comfort

The Lake of Forgetfulness

11/6/2020
The Lake of Forgetfulness

The loving and merciful God, abundant in grace, has one trait the wise will follow - FORGETFULNESS! I imagine an endless lake. It is signposted The Lake of Forgetfulness.

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What Have I To Fear?

30/1/2020

The giant before you is not greater than the God behind you! ~ Michael Cartwright I know not the way He leads me, but well do I know my Guide.

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Imprisoned by Hope

3/7/2019
Imprisoned by Hope

There is a colorful, teasing and exceptionally obscure verse 'hidden' very close to the end of the Old Testament.

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The Unquiet Years

14/2/2019
The Unquiet Years

He leads us on by paths we did not know; Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow, Though oft we faint and falter on the way, Though storms and darkness oft...

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The Empty Man

19/9/2018
The Empty Man

The longings of the righteous will be satisfied. The anxious heart weighs a man down.   Heartache crushes the spirit.

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Guilt's Graveyard#

18/9/2018
Guilt's Graveyard#

Guilt is a hook to the soul, as much as it is a savior to the soul. As the soul is saved Jesus removes the hook.

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Just In Case...

9/9/2018
Just In Case...

Just in case your days may be shadowed by thunderclouds. . . Just in case your brothers have judged you in your day of misfortune. . .

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10 Opinions - 1 is Best#

13/8/2018
10 Opinions - 1 is Best#

The heart cries for intimate belonging (Brennan Manning). From this cry within we each may examine others responses to us in the search for acceptance.

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9 Precious Promises

13/5/2018
9 Precious Promises

Chaotic change swirls around, then charges into all lives.   Deep waters cry out in the long, dark and cold nights for mercy.

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When the Soul is Stampeded

2/5/2018
When the Soul is Stampeded

The soul is as tender as the body. It too hurts inconsolably and even inexplicably. Each human soul mirrors the hidden workings of their spirit.

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Turning Trash To Treasure

1/5/2018
Turning Trash To Treasure

There is a chameleon-like Old Testament prophecy - Zechariah! Judgment, justice and victory are spoken of by God through Zechariah. This book opens and closes with His tenderness.

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Let Me feel Hope - Please?

19/4/2018
Let Me feel Hope - Please?

Too many, too long have lived at hell's doors. Visiting the vestibule of hell is surely a metaphor to living without hope. For, hell holds no hope.

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Watering a Soul's Mountains

10/4/2018
Watering a Soul's Mountains

The human soul wears down as the sole of a shoe. Constant friction destroys both. When the sun of sadness scorches and the heart to love withers. . .

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Of Desire & Thirst

9/4/2018
Of Desire & Thirst

A desire is no more a thirst than a rock-slide is an earthquake. Desire knocks on doors, but thirst kicks them down. Thirsts both occupy and demand attention.

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When Beauty is Bothersome

21/2/2018
When Beauty is Bothersome

An unnamed broke woman a jar and poured its perfume on Jesus' head. Indignant bystanders harshly rebuked her. But, as always, Jesus was not backward in coming forward.

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Soul Scaffold ~ Anxiety

12/10/2017
Soul Scaffold ~ Anxiety

Has there been a soul since Eden that would not seek to banish anxiety from their heart, or cast off the troubles of their body? (see Job 11:10) In reflection upon...

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Soul Scaffold ~ Consolation

28/9/2017
Soul Scaffold ~ Consolation

Frequently life's roller-coasters stir the soul and massage the spirit for good or for ill. These are perfect times to grab a Biblical scaffold and stay upright.

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Unshaken Love

20/8/2017
Unshaken Love

The ancient Greeks and Romans (among too many other 'societies') practised the chilling, abominable habit of exposing 'unacceptable' new-borns.

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Bridging Heartache

10/8/2017
Bridging Heartache

William Shakespeare explained: 'Expectation is the root of all heartache. ' The Lord acts in human heartache. There is nought in life beyond His ability to touch.

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Rubbing out Regret

31/7/2017
Rubbing out Regret

The good Lord would say to any who love Him in both spirit and in truth: Do not permit regret to rule your future, take this stronghold captive and imprison it...

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Lend Me Your Hope

5/7/2017
Lend Me Your Hope

The borrowing of hope is a mind-stretching thought, yet to a soul awash in hopelessness it can be a morsel to a restored future.

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We Have Been Sold A Pup!

12/6/2017
We Have Been Sold A Pup!

Eight decades ago Francis Schaeffer argued: The concept that the final reality is energy which has existed forever in some form and takes its present form by chance has totally destructive...

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The God of the Lonely Night

30/5/2017
The God of the Lonely Night

Why does night multiply loneliness? Why is night the season of a dark self-examination? Surely too it is the time where troubled souls learn where others weep? This is Gethsemane.

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4 Promises to Outcasts

20/4/2017
4 Promises to Outcasts

To those who have fallen in cisterns of pain or staggered through cycles of rejection. . . To those who have crawled in fear or collapsed in weakness. .

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The Sum of Yesterday

13/3/2017
The Sum of Yesterday

This fundamental temptation is pervasive - to believe our Lord is disinterested, unresponsive or has silently done nothing; He has not intervened in the mud and malaise of my life.

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4 Thoughts for Sorrow

12/3/2017
4 Thoughts for Sorrow

Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4) Appearances can so easily deceive.

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He Dearly Wants To Help

23/2/2017
He Dearly Wants To Help

Maybe you have been pushed back and are about to fall? Maybe you have tripped and face-planted when another silently tied your bootlaces together? Maybe you have tugged curtains wide too many...

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Why God Is With Me

20/2/2017
Why God Is With Me

Is Psalm 23 the most famous Bible passage in history? How many times has it been quoted, brought comfort or been meditated upon? How often has the Bible had its jacket dusted...

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Drowning Under Open Skies?

12/2/2017
Drowning Under Open Skies?

Can you imagine building a boat in a desert for a century, while preaching righteousness to a wicked world? Noah can! God found Noah righteous in his generation.

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There Is No Easy Space

13/1/2017
There Is No Easy Space

No easy space exists for those who would bear Christ's cross, surrender their will and audit their life in obedience to Him who was faithful unto death.

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That Day to Trust

30/11/2016
That Day to Trust

When the day breaks as bleak as the night was lonely. . . When rest flees and health holds its hand. . .

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Cloned or Alone?#

4/10/2016
Cloned or Alone?#

Now I become myself. It’s taken time, many years and places. I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other peoples’ faces.

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Our Lord is Willing

28/9/2016
Our Lord is Willing

God's eagerness to support His children, to pour His love over them and stand at their side can never be overstated - yet this too is an understatement.

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Forever I Would Choose You

21/9/2016
Forever I Would Choose You

What else can I gather, who else can I know but You? Apart from You I am empty, in Your absence I thirst As your right hand rests lightly upon me, in...

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The Pot that Wept#

30/8/2016
The Pot that Wept#

This anonymous tale of two clay pots has raised hearts and bandaged wounds for countless generations in various forms - for: it is from poverty of spirit that the kingdom of...

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Re-setting the World

17/7/2016
Re-setting the World

'History is heading somewhere'. ~ David Beasant July14th's SoulSnack was published with a prophetic tinge only hours before France bled afresh for Evil still spills.

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The Simple Way to Peace

4/5/2016
The Simple Way to Peace

Self-defense is at the boiling core of every human being. It is the right of the soul to call the body and spirit to action, even war.

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The Meaning of Unmet Desire

19/4/2016
The Meaning of Unmet Desire

Unmet personal desires are sticky thirsts that refuse to disappear anymore than they can be satisfied. So, dissatisfied I then feed my soul upon alluring distractions.

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The Rock that is Higher

11/4/2016
The Rock that is Higher

The Lord would speak to those who have tears that flow as a waterfall: I have this to say to you, your tears are more precious than much fine gold to...

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But God is a good Father too...#

21/1/2016
But God is a good Father too...#

Maybe our Heavenly Father has been misrepresented to you? Is your soul tauntedd by a picture of a parent waiving a finger at a departing child? The parent leaves God in...

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Shining on the Poor

18/1/2016
Shining on the Poor

Do you feel your name is written in the heavens but only scribbled upon earth? Does your very existence cry out for God's presence, thirsting with the deer and knowing your...

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An Uncommon Heart

12/1/2016
An Uncommon Heart

They say love is blind. They are correct. Not one has escaped, none are scot-free - we have fallen in love with sin, all ignorant to its true character.

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A Corvette Parable#

12/8/2015
A Corvette Parable#

Capture in your mind's eye if you will; could you even imagine driving your local freeway and an early model (unmodified - 1953) pristine Polo White Corvette eases alongside in...

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Impossible Tempests?

20/5/2015
Impossible Tempests?

Has foul weather found unfair harbor around your relationships? Blowing into all lives perfect storms for relational hardships arrive.

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A Rattled Soul

26/4/2015
A Rattled Soul

Morning by morning my feet kinda drip down the side of the mattress. This is simply a weak attempt, my swaggering start for a new day.

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A Salve to the Weak ~ A

10/3/2015
A Salve to the Weak ~ A

Has your strength been so sapped you are even unable to sleep? Maybe you have found fears where there are none, but are too weak to shake them? Could the darkness of...

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Coals Upon the Soul ~ C

3/2/2015
Coals Upon the Soul ~ C

Maybe the biggest problem in choosing forgiveness is pride? I am NOT going to forgive them! Forgiveness creates room for the Holy Spirit of Jesus to move in me and maybe the...

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Seeking Kristina?

27/8/2014
Seeking Kristina?

Soul Snack 164/14 . . . I am caught between Northern Iraq and Moldova; a western Christian's no-man's land of impotence and self-questioning.

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Sweet Comfort

10/8/2014
Sweet Comfort

Soul Snack 151/14 . . . Where is there endurance without comfort? Both suffering and comfort are shared from Christ.

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10 PEARLS from JESUS

12/6/2014
10 PEARLS from JESUS

Soul Snack 110/14 . . . Jesus is no sour savior. His whip-torn back did not bleed resentment; His parched lips returned no vengeful fire.

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Floods Never Last

2/6/2014
Floods Never Last

Soul Snack 103/14 . . . A flooded world can drown many hopes, multiply the deepest sorrow and drench any future.

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Of Broken Windows

17/3/2014
Of Broken Windows

Soul Snack 53/14 . . . With cigarette in hand and sporting a left eye as black as my Honda, a solitary lady hovered nearby.

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The Gales of Hell

7/2/2014
The Gales of Hell

Soul Snack 27/14 . . . "When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us.

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Giving Peace a Chance

4/11/2013

Soul Snack 211/13 . . . Giving Peace a Chance.   Four decades ago with worldwide acclaim John Lennon pleaded - give peace a chance.

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Kissing Tears

24/9/2013

Soul Snack 184/13 . . . Kissing Tears As the sun descended Jesus withdrew down a dusty road.

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How to find rest!

3/9/2013

Soul Snack 169/13 . . . How to find rest! Satan sifted Job and Peter. He strained them through the mesh of suffering.

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Sometimes Silence

8/4/2013

Soul Snack 65/13 . . . Sometimes Silence#  The old man sat rocking in his chair on the porch. His eyes were red from sobbing.

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7 Tonics for the Heart

11/2/2013

Soul Snack 29/13 . . . 7 Tonics for the Heart Drink these in when the day is bleak, the spirit is restless or the soul is cold.

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7 Kisses from Heaven

10/2/2013

Soul Snack 28/13 . . .  7 Kisses from Heaven Kisses are a gentler, indeed kinder manner of touch. They welcome, affirm and display affection.

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Of Accidental Birth

29/1/2013

Soul Snack 20/13 . . . Of Accidental Birth Too many people just live in the shadows of love or the wilderness of rejection.

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The Axe-head Floats

29/11/2012

Soul Snack 216/12 . . . The Axe-head Floats This following miracle of Elisha is the most tantalising in Biblical history to my mind.

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Cliffhanger

27/9/2012

Soul Snack 171/12 . . . Cliffhanger In 1993 the action movie Cliffhanger opened with a steeled Sylvester Stallone failing in his grasp of a beautiful damsel (Michelle Joyner).

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Catching Comfort

22/7/2012

Soul Snack 123/12 . . .  Catching Comfort Comfort is the cry of the soul, it is the relief for distress and the glue of harmony.

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Knowing you are important

2/7/2012

Soul Snack 109/12 . . .  Knowing you are important Approval, affirmation, attention and affection are the piers of healthy emotions and a stable life.

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Of Wounds and Wings

14/6/2012

Soul Snack 97/12 . . . Of Wounds and Wings The painful intercourse of Jesus' life is glaring to the reader in John's Gospel chapters 6-8.

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Left Behind

30/4/2012

Soul Snack 65/12 . . . Left Behind Not all the inhabitants of Judah were taken into Babylonian captivity. In 586BC King Nebuchadnezzar left the poorest behind.

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Bent Nails

1/8/2011

Soul Snack 127/11 . . . Bent Nails There are a small series of toolboxes idle in my garage, each has a separate purpose.

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Death's Valley

21/7/2011

Soul Snack 120/11 . . . Death's Valley There are too many who find that each day is a walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

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Fragments of Charm

10/5/2011

Soul Snack 70/11 . . . Fragments of Charm Overheard descriptions of others can be revealing. Overhead descriptions of self may be hurting. Riddled with self-doubt . . .

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The Clawings at Life

20/3/2011

Soul Snack 37/11 . . . The Clawings at Life In the groping at life for peace and well-being, the finger's can slip and the nails can be broken.

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Words from the Cross - B

22/2/2011

Soul Snack 20/11 Words from the Cross - B Jesus still silently shouts from Golgotha to salve the, rebuked; rejected; restless; illegitimate; unwanted and humiliated, " . . .

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Words from the Cross - A

20/2/2011

Soul Snack 19/11 . . . Words from the Cross - A Jesus still silently shouts from Golgotha to salve the: broken, beaten, bruised, lonely, saddened and graceless .

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Finding applause

15/2/2011

Soul Snack 16/11 . . . Finding applause Beams of light interrupted the darkness of this large auditorium.

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The Island Soul?

9/2/2011

Soul Snack 12/11 . . . The Island Soul? It is either the tenderness or the torture of the heart that is food for the soul.

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Endings

4/10/2010

Soul Snack 170/10 . . . Endings The day is bright but her spirit isn't. Weary, war-torn and indeed weak are suitable adjectives to capture her emotional moments.

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Release - B

20/9/2010

Soul Snack 160/10 . . . Release - B I feel sure that I am not alone. Pursuing my intentions has littered my paths with both good and evil.

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Dreams Delivered

2/9/2010

Soul Snack 148/10 . . . Dreams delivered A very winsome smile set her tender heart aglow. This unsolicited beam seemed so unusual.

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Fully Loaded?

29/7/2010

Soul Snack 145/13 . . . Fully Loaded? Jesus is your mentor, your support staff and your counsellor.

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WaterWorld

27/6/2010

Soul Snack 100/10 . . . WaterWorld Ezekiel has been captured (40:1-40) by a vision of The New Temple (chs. 40-48).

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Heart Song

14/6/2010

Soul Snack 91/10 . . . Heart Song You alone are my reason for singing; You alone are the star in my sky.

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Life's ebb and flow

8/6/2010

Soul Snack 88/10 . . . Life's ebb and flow "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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The Kiss of Mercy

2/5/2010

Soul Snack 62/10 . . . The kiss of mercy As mercy kissed her brokenness' she felt nourishment in her soul again.

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Yesterday's heat.

27/4/2010

Soul Snack 59/10 . . . Yesterday's Heat. Drowning his sorrows was imbedded deep in his spirit and uppermost in his mind.

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Touched!

16/3/2010

Soul Snack 33/10 . . . Touched! Observed by the Throne of Grace and untouched by man, her very restless spirit stirred afresh.

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The Corridor of Shambles.

7/3/2010

Soul Snack 26/10 . . . The Corridor of Shambles There are paths or corridors that course through all lives. They are the conduits of emotion.

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A Sober Snack

2/3/2010

Soul Snack 23/10 . . . A Sober Snack No child ever chooses to be born. No child ever pleaded with a potential parent for life.

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Messiah in the middle!

1/3/2010

Soul Snack 22/10 . . . Messiah in the middle! Flawlessly bowed in perfect unison to an unseen God, they exercised their faith.

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A Care-full Christ

18/2/2010

Soul Snack 15/10 . . . A Care-full Christ. Down on the knees, head stooped low, a bruised and bleeding heart was opened before heaven.

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Getting me right!

8/9/2009

Soul Snack 9/152 . . . Getting me right! Immediately before him stood a precious and sculptured piece of fine art.

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Backs Covered!

30/8/2009

SOUL SNACK 9/146 . . . 'Backs covered. ' The ebbs and flows of life can both caress or assault body mind and spirit.

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A Trilogy of Tenderness 2

13/8/2009

Soul Snack 9/134 - A Trilogy of Tenderness - 2 Calvary's pain-pierced cries are not a call to a natural life! Neither does calvary bellow for an unnatural life! The call...

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Seeing well!

30/7/2009

Soul Snack 9/24 . . . Seeing well! Reaching across the threshold of my life (hmmm . . .

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His cosmic cab!

6/7/2009

Soul Snack 9/106 . . . His cosmic cab! Spread unevenly across the floor of his soul was the warm blood of an absolutely shattered heart.

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Exit Planning!

2/7/2009

Soul Snack 9/104 . . . Exit planning! Contemplation of life will always reveal the limits to life.

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Winning Weakness

1/6/2009

Soul Snack 9/84 . . . Winning Weakness She wrestled in a meaningless present and endured a hopeless past.

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Churchill, God & Secrets

23/3/2009

Soul Snack 210/13 . . . Churchill, God & Secrets July 6, 1942: Contemplate this - if Hitler falls into our hands we shall certainly put him to death.

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Weather Words.

27/8/2008

Soul Snack 8/143 . . . Weather Words Rain must fall. Wind must blow. Lightning must strike. The natural creation order must function well.

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His Hand.

24/7/2008

Soul Snack 8/119 . . . His Hand. His hand is fully extended, His forearm completely strong. This hand reveals care and delivers compassion.

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Unseen Comfort

17/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/94 . . . Unseen Comfort There is an intangible presence of comfort available in this world. I can pursue my will with all my resident energy.

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God Knows

3/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/85 . . . God Knows! All office waiting chairs deceive. The look of comfort alluring, the test of time revealing. Slowly, she started to wriggle.

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The Good Absence!

2/6/2008

Soul Snack 8/84 . . . The Good Absence! Stranger things had occurred previously, however he was unable to recall them.

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The Word Whisperer

23/5/2008

Soul Snack 189/12 . . . The Word Whisperer Dust furled high above the rustic fencing rails, whipped up by savage hoofs now squarely aimed at their trainer.

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D.N.A.

3/4/2008

Soul Snack 8/43 . . . D. N. A. Capturing life's DNA is most difficult. The building blocks that construct me can be so hard to describe.

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Water Walking

13/10/2007

Soul Snack 112 . . . Water Walking 'Lord if it's you . . . tell me to come to you. 'Come,' Jesus said.

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Detriment to Delight

25/6/2007

Soul Snack 96 . . . Detriment to Delight "Before I was born the Lord called me, and from my birth He has made mention of my name.

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Don't blame God

12/1/2006

SOUL SNACK 232/12 . . . Don't blame God “…the lord be exalted who delights in the well being of His servants.

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