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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Two Minute Meditation...
Shadows on the wallOur youngest daughter is only three, she is a more difficult child than any of her siblings had ever been, but we consider that to be God's blessing upon us, because if she were not so difficult we might ignore her in favor of the others whom we are presently homeschooling - praise the Lord that he can find a way to bless you even against your own subconscious inclinations! So until we realized what a blessing her attitude really was to us - a bonifide gift from God - we were a little put off by it. Once we saw it for what it was, we were so thankful. Notwithstanding, she is the very poster child for the strong willed child.

So when a few months ago, she began to show signs of sciophobia (fear of shadows), we were pretty concerned - because she really could, although only three years old - make herself stay up all night crying, and do so again and again.

This morning, as she began to cry anew - I found myself in prayer, "Lord, give me something here - anything. I don't want to deal with this in the wrong way, and I am powerfully tempted to follow my own heart" that sort of prayer - when the thought came into my mind that we as believers can be just as sciophobic with our heavenly Father - and by "we" I mean me. The thought persisted - hadn't I ever been afraid of something as empty as a shadow? I had the Lord's promises - more solid and substantial than the bed I slept in, yet was there not ever a shadow of doubt that caused me anxiety? Indeed! The shadows of doubt that had fallen upon my faith in the past did cause me anxiety, but thankfully God was far more patient with my weakness - my fear of shadows without substance - than I had been with my daughter. What a blessed thought!

You know? I really do love the way the Lord breaths His own life into us to strengthen us - He reveals something of His own heart with us to give us perspective that becomes our own. What a great God we serve.
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