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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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I can’t believe this is my “job”

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The newest RTM Magazine is out!

If you don’t know, I’m the assistant editor of this free digital mag and—for my “job” (what?!)—I get the privilege of writing, designing and sharing stories about our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world with readers from more than 100 nations! This grace overwhelms me daily.

This March/April issue is for sure my favorite one to date and I would love for you to read it.

In the new mag, you’ll find stories about Jared Wilson, my wise and beautiful friends Melanie and Alex Duke (gorgeously featured in the above photo), my dear friend Anna Farthing, as well as an appearance by Charles Spurgeon, my pastor and more!

I love these people and I know you will too. Praise for God’s big family and His grace that unites us all.

I love my job.

Join readers from all over the world and download the {free} RTM Magazine today!

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In the March/April RTM Magazine find…

  • Author and pastor Jared Wilson answering questions on life, ministry, advice to others and fighting for the Gospel.
  • The three stages of conviction every believer goes through before repentance and salvation.
  • A living example of a newly married couple embracing their covenant with each other and the local church.
  • Some correction on chastening.

And so much more!

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Download the {free} RTM Magazine today!

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