Volume 16.06 | June 2015

  • A timely test

    If you were to ask, I would have described myself as a fairly easygoing personality. I don’t get ruffled too easily and I don’t get (too) upset when things go wrong. When I first read David’s article (on pp. 4–5 of this issue), where he describes himself as an unrepentant worrier, I pictured myself brushing […]

  • Anti-stressant

    The year had been full of events, deadlines, accomplishments. I was working hard teaching English in a private school, as well as tutoring from home. Simultaneously I was working on a diploma in Russian Philology and a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate in English. On top of this, I was leading Christian meetings at a university center […]

  • Smooth sailing on stormy seas

    For a good bit of my life, I’ve been a worrier. My take on the “power of positive thinking” / “look on the bright side” philosophy was, “Bah, humbug! That kind of advice is for wimps. I’m a realist. When the going gets rough, I worry about it! No apologies.” It’s not that I’m a […]

  • Getting the best results

    When you have so much to do, slowing things down and taking time to meditate, getting your mind off the work at hand and onto Jesus could be the last thing you feel like doing. Even if you try, you may find that “resting in Jesus” is often easier said than done. Yet He tells […]

  • A perfect day

    Today was perfect! It wasn’t a perfectly lazy day, or perfect in terms of accomplishments, or without problems. Still, it was so perfect from start to finish that I now feel compelled to retrace my steps and try to figure out what made it that way. Maybe I can make it happen again. I woke […]

  • Death of horseshoes

    I vividly recall the men in our neighborhood gathering every evening after work in a vacant lot next to my house for a game of horseshoes. The pace of life was more relaxed when I was a child. Work was from nine to five, and then it was time to knock off and play horseshoes. […]

  • The secret

    Oh, how divinely sweet it is to come into the secret of His presence and abide in His pavilion!—David Brainerd (1718–1747), missionary to the Native Americans Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.—Psalm 37:7 What shall the believer do in times of darkness? Sit still and listen. Let him trust in the name […]

  • Anti-fear therapy

    I was cleaning up my brushes and paint cans after some volunteers and I finished painting a large mural for the local Sunday school when Maxim passed me a note: I was really encouraged to meet and work on this project with people like you, so full of faith and positiveness. Can you please remember […]

  • Laughing with abandon

    How easy it is to listen to the advice of others and change ourselves into something we are not. To quit being our unique and wonderfully made selves. To base our worth on what others think instead of what God thinks. An elderly family member came for a visit. “A lady does not laugh with […]

  • Creative silence

    India, where I live, is a country of wide, sweeping farmlands; huge mountains jutting their peaks into the sky; broad rivers lazily moving over rocks. The land is as peaceful as it always has been, but the people who live here, like anywhere in the world, are often stressed. Dr. Hans Selye, a prominent medical […]

  • Escape stress

    How often do we finally reach a state of peaceful contentment and then wish we could hang out a sign that says, “Do not disturb”? Of course we can’t prevent disturbances or stressful situations, but when they come, the Bible says God can give us peace inside. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose […]

  • The open window

    When life feels like a tiny, windowless room whose four walls are closing in, you can create a window of escape. As you read and meditate on My Word, as you believe My promises and claim them as your own, you open a window to the spiritual realm where wonderful things await you. The warm […]