A lifetime of wisdom : embracing the way God heals you by Joni Eareckson Tada

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Creation: the cost of rubies -- The anger that heals -- respiring room -- by no means by myself -- enough grace -- dwell while you are ready -- A legacy of prayer -- wish past solutions -- higher by way of a long way -- Why could He say no? -- at the back of enemy traces -- end: Marching to Zion

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You don’t even have to dial 911 or push that little blue On-Star button. He’s there with you instantly, ready to hear and respond to your cries of perplexity and anguish. Sometimes brokenhearted people say harsh things. Sometimes some toxic cynicism or long-repressed anger can spurt out of a lacerated heart. The Lord knows that . . and wants to be close anyway. Sometimes bitter emotions and acid words can ooze from a crushed spirit. The Lord understands that, as well . . and draws near to comfort.

They worship me in vain’ ” (Mark 7:6 - 7). In other words, they talked the talk, but it had nothing — nothing whatsoever—to do with the real content of their hearts. When they “prayed,” they weren’t really speaking to God at all. They were scripted, mouthing all the expected words at all the anticipated times. And it made Jesus sick. Contrast that with another slice of soul, late in the gospel of Luke. On the Lord’s final approach to Jerusalem, on His way to fulfill the driving mission that brought Him to earth and gave Him human flesh, on His way past Jericho, He heard a scream from the back of the crowd.

I chewed mechanically, forcing myself to swallow against a knotted stomach. Not a word was spoken between us. After she left, I struggled harder to contain the tears. I could not allow myself to cry because there would be no one to blow my nose or change my damp pillow. Suddenly a realization shot across my mind. I’m feeling something. Like a hibernating animal waking up, I felt something stir. No more emotional numbness. Instead, a magnetic pull toward hope. In the darkness, I found myself whispering to God, pleading for His mercy and help.

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