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Peggy Holt
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 7
During emotional struggles, sometimes great encouragement is
found simply in knowing that someone else cares. Various psalms reveal that God
cares very much about the hearts of men; His character is filled with love and
compassion. "He restores my
soul" (23...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 6
When emotions are intense or unwanted, God can help. His
help comes in response to the prayers of those who depend on Him. It comes also
through the Bible, the best source for struggling people to be reminded of
truth about their great God. The Bible reveal...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 5
God is able to help hurting hearts and sustain struggling
souls. In addition to responding to the prayers of His children for such help,
God also gives help through the Bible. The author of Psalm 119 was in
affliction and misery, but he was comforted in his...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 4
When the hurting and struggling becomes intense, and someone
desires his heart and soul to change, he must first realize that he is dependent on God to help him. The realization of dependence logically leads to
prayer, and it should not be surprising that G...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 3
Emotions are a normal part of the way God made man; based on
biblical examples, even strong emotions are not unexpected abnormalities. Some
emotional responses are negative or unpleasant. By providing support and
comfort, God can help His children during ti...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 2
God created man as a deep and complex person; emotions are
part of man's makeup. The previous post looked at what the Psalms reveal about
the depths of man: his heart, his soul, and his spirit. The psalmists describe
many emotions, including sorrow, lonelin...
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Hurting Hearts and Struggling Souls - Part 1
Reading through Psalms recently, I noticed frequent references
to emotions. God doesn't ignore the profundity of the inner man; in fact, the
heart, soul, and spirit are regularly discussed and openly revealed. God
created man as a complex creature. Truly, "...
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Teach and Revive
Psalm 119 powerfully presents a believer's devotion to the
Bible. The psalmist repeatedly declares his love for the Word of God. "I shall lift up my hands to Your
commandments, which I love" (v. 48). "O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day" ...
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Refuge
I recently attended a ladies' retreat with a group from my
church. Because of my continued health struggles, I had seriously debated
canceling. I know such situations are challenging for me, especially if I don't
sleep well, which is almost a given in this ...
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Failure Redeemed
A kinsman-redeemer is "the relative who restores or
preserves the full community rights of disadvantaged family members. The
concept arises from God's covenant relationship with Israel and points to the
redemption of humanity in Jesus Christ" (Dictionary of...
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