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We talked about God being the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort - the perfect source of comfort when we are need - on Monday. Today we are going to talk about the fact that we will suffer, we will endure hard times, we will face trials. But in those trials and troubles, we are able to experience God. For just as Christ’s [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us. 2 Corinthians 1:5 AMP The overflowing of suffering AND comfort. Paul is saying that sure we will have difficulties. In fact, hardships will abound!  But just as we have an abundance of suffering, we will be overwhelmed with comfort and consolation. Ironic it seems, but as Christians the two – suffering and comfort – really do go hand in hand. Our relationship with Christ guarantees suffering, but it also guarantees His comfort! There are many times that I find myself praying for someone who is going through a “trouble” or hardship in life. This difficult … [Read more...]

>The Power of Perspective: Empowering Mondays

>First things first, we have Four Winners from my big 4-0 giveaway! (I used a random number generator.)The Winner of One Thousand Gifts is Abby.The Winner of When Women Say Yes To God is Julie V.The Winner of Sun Stand Still is Leslie C.The Winner of a Starbucks Giftcard is Karin H.Please email me at kelli{at}ccclive{dot}org with your addresses so I can send your prize to you!  Thanks!Now, back to my regular blog post...thanks, Iain Farrell, FlickrMany of you are familiar with the magazine, Real Simple. I enjoy looking at all the pictures and reading the informative articles, but one of my favorite sections is New Uses for Old Things. Whoever comes up with these new uses for familiar things is a genius! Actually, they are just people with a keen and unique perspective.Who would have thought that we could use a toilet paper roll to store our hair elastics and bobby pins neatly?What about putting marbles in your double boiler to alert you to add more water?What would happen if we gained a new perspective with the people in our life?  Instead of seeing our husband as the person we have to make happy, see him as the … [Read more...]