A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada

By Joni Eareckson Tada

It is not what I misplaced. it truly is what i have came upon. i used to be in simple terms seventeen, only a lady, whilst God requested me for every thing I had ... my future health, my hopes, my independence, my desires, my freedom, and my mobility. He took all of it. i used to be so indignant with Him that i attempted to push Him away. God relentlessly held me extra heavily. in retrospect, 40 years later, I take into account that God has replaced and healed me---my center and my mind---in the main unforeseen methods, giving me rubies of His knowledge approximately an unbending religion and an adventure of His mercy i will be able to now let you know approximately. was once it a good trade, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? totally. during this i've got realized on the toes of the Lord Jesus, embracing the way in which that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and depression. This ebook isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving twist of fate goodbye in the past. it really is concerning the knowledge he is given me to dwell lifestyles victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.

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He encouraged them to let the real truths of Scripture break through the crust of their brittle preconceptions and rigid prejudices. What you think about God influences your friendship with Him. It affects how much glory you give to Him. ” Please hear these next words. They have come to me as a ruby, hard-won through the years: Your imagination about God — especially in the midst of tragedy — isn’t reliable. We must run to the true portrait He gives us in His Word. If we simply trust our emotions about Him, we re-create Him in oour own image .

Indd 33 12/1/08 12:13:47 PM 34 A Lifetime of Wisdom of anger — unrighteous anger — turns on us. It is a liar, offering us satisfaction, when in truth, it guts us and leaves us empty. Who can endure such emptiness? Unrighteous anger — anger that leads us away from God — sucks the last vestige of hope from our hearts. We stop caring, stop feeling. We commit a silent suicide of the soul, and sullen despair moves in like a terrible damp fog, deadening our heart to the hope that we will ever be rescued, redeemed, and happy again.

I know they felt bad for me, staying alone here in camp. ) But I also know that this is Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies, and who knows if we’ll ever be back. I could tell they were itching to get some hard exercise, to get their hearts pumping and explore the ridge together. I can hear their voices a quarter mile away — sound carries at this high elevation in the clear mountain air. Kathy and Jay, my sisters, off together to conquer the ridge line on the shoulder of Whistler’s Mountain — and then to walk up the mountain as far as they can go.

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