Audio Commentaries

Darlene Sala

Perspective When You’re Tired

Perspective When You’re Tired

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August 25, 2014

In her book Hope Lives Here, Janet Bly tells the story of Alice, a young mother who was struggling to manage a home and two preschool children. She felt almost overwhelmed by never-ending responsibility and fatigue. She says, ‚One night I fell exhausted into bed and began to pour out my frustrations to God. The kids didn’t listen, the house was a mess, my husband didn’t seem to care. On and on went the list. Then suddenly, as clear as a spoken word, I heard a distinct voice saying, ‘Which one do you want Me to take away?’ ‚ Instantly, Alice realized what precious gifts she

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Remember These Things

Remember These Things

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August 18, 2014

I have some lovely pieces of china that belonged to my Mom—her treasures. But after she went home to be with the Lord, in her desk I found some scraps of paper on which she had written down various bits of information that she wanted her grandchildren to know—special treasures from her heart. I can buy more china, but I can never replace these messages from her heart. For instance, from her experience as a pastor’s wife she wrote how she and my dad settled their differences when they couldn’t agree. She wrote: We made one decision in our marriage that we followed for 63

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God’s Big Chair

God’s Big Chair

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August 11, 2014

If you have a preschooler, you may find it’s often hard to keep the big picture in mind. So much you do takes no brains and brings little thanks. Sometimes you wish you could be a little kid again yourself with no responsibilities. You’d like to just crawl up in your parent’s lap and be hugged as you did when you were little. Did you know that God wants to give you that kind of comfort? Zephaniah says: The Lord your God is with you, He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love. Yes, God, your heavenly Father,

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Facing the Facts

Facing the Facts

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August 4, 2014

Once upon a time God promised two senior citizens, Abraham and Sarah, they would have a baby–something that at their stage in life was obviously an impossibility. Now, Abraham, famous as he was as a man of great faith, was not stupid. He totally understood that 100-year-old men and 90-year-old women don’t become parents. Yet Abraham faced the facts of the situation—and still trusted God. He chose to believe the promise. Notice was what the Bible says about Abraham: “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb

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Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

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July 28, 2014

  David had sleepless nights, the Bible tells us. So do I, especially when the stress level of life is high. It’s amazing how your eyes can pop wide open at 2 AM and your mind work overtime. But instead of merely tossing and turning, David prayed–a good use for those hours. In fact, an interesting study can be done on how all the writers of the Psalms spent their sleepless nights. Notice these examples: My heart instructs me in the night seasons I meditate on You in the night watches I cry…in the night season My eyes are awake

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Shelter in the Time of Storm

Shelter in the Time of Storm

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July 21, 2014

  Bad news? I don’t like it! That’s why I wake up with a start when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Or, I tense up when I hear about a plane crash on a day that my husband is flying. We really can’t help it that the adrenaline kicks in when we hear bad news, for our bodies are made to prepare for “flight or fight” at a moment’s notice. But we can deal with the fear that comes. The writer of the Psalms says that the secret is a trusting heart. He writes, “He will

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Dimensions of God’s Love

Dimensions of God’s Love

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July 14, 2014

When I am in the middle of a difficult time, I may not feel God’s love. That’s because my whole perspective is warped. I’m so close to the circumstances that they seem to tower above His love and block it from my vision. But that doesn’t change the fact that God’s love reaches far above me. It transcends time past and time to come. The Psalmist put it this way: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, … abounding in love. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. From everlasting to everlasting the

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Strong and Loving

Strong and Loving

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July 7, 2014

When we think of masculine and feminine characteristics, we often think of strength as being masculine and love as being feminine. Of course, that’s an oversimplification. But I find it interesting that the Bible says God has both of these traits. Psalm 62 says, “You, O God, are strong, and < you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12). If God were only strong, I might be afraid of Him. I’m well aware He could zap me into eternity in a split-second. If He were only loving but not strong, He might not be able to help me. His love would

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Those Annoying Interruptions

Those Annoying Interruptions

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June 30, 2014

You have a lot of things you want to accomplish today, right? You get up a little earlier to get started. But then the telephone rings, and it’s someone who needs to talk—and talk—and talk. Eventually you hang up and go back to your work. But only until your son calls, saying he forgot his school project that is due at noon today—and can you please bring it to him? Oh, well, it’s only the morning. Surely this afternoon you’ll get back to your work. But shortly after lunch your neighbor knocks at your door. She has had an emergency

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What to Do in Adversity

What to Do in Adversity

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June 23, 2014

How should you cope in times of adversity? My friend tells the following experience that occurred after his dad’s stroke. “Yesterday was Christmas day and it was a truly wonderful day. We started out in the hospital room. We had brought dad’s favorite Christmas music and cranked up the volume on the little boom box as loud as we dared—and then some. The song is a version of “Joy to the World” done with a massive choir and orchestra. The finale is the word “joy” repeated five times, each one building louder until the final JOY!!!!!!is sung with a chord

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