Our personal trials are meant to draw us closer to God and His Word as our faith is grown with new, or renewed, strength and wisdom.
Linda (Visscher) Roorda and husband, Edward, live in Spencer, NY, both former members of the Christian Reformed Church. She is a mother and grandmother, a medical/radiology transcriptionist, an empty-nest author, and past speaker at a multi-faith women’s retreat. She published some of her ancestral genealogy research in the “New York Genealogical and Biographical Record” in 2004, 2005 and 2008, writing personal-interest interview articles and a genealogy column in a local newspaper. An online blogger for several years, Linda enjoys sharing her faith in poetry and reflections at her new blog, “Poetic Devotions by Linda,” and genealogy research tutorials at “Homespun Ancestors.” She also wrote several articles for both the CRC/RCA Disability Concerns newsletter and The Network. Her hobbies include gardening, sewing/quilting, cake decorating, silk floral arrangements for church, and singing in the praise team at North Spencer Baptist Church.
Our inner foundation makes a difference as we react to life’s challenges, whether it be today’s coronavirus pandemic, unemployment, or a myriad of hassles and even blessings each and every day.
We look for accolades to prop us up, to make us feel better about ourselves, trying to prove that we really are someone of importance. But I have to ask: whose voice am I listening to?
Like a forest that takes a devastating fire to bring out its best in new growth, so we find our way through difficulties in the midst of the crucible’s test.
Where is my heart in response for all God’s done for me?
None of us are immune to the storms of life. Even though the wind and waves batter our world, we remember God is still there, still in control.
What if I had walked where Jesus walked when he lived on the earth? Would I have understood the truth he was teaching without the written Word in my hands?
A thankful heart is at the root of the joy and happiness we often search for. For with a thankful heart, we will readily say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever…”
True love is about teamwork that strengthens bonds. It’s a choice to remain committed to vows made before God on a joyous wedding day because the tough times will come.
Bert, you express yourself well, and are well understood by our having gone through similar situations. My husband Ed had retinopathy of prematurity from pure oxygen in incubator. With only one...posted on: A World that Presupposes Sight
I live in tiny Spencer, New York.posted on: Where Do You Live? Say Hi Below!
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Staci, Ed says "Thank you very much, and may this bless someone else going through vision loss."posted on: Living Without Sight in a Visual World
Thank you, Michele. Unfortunately, I don't have time to get back into painting currently; but someday when I can retire, I just may give painting with acrylics a try. Thank you so much for your...posted on: The Master Tailor
Thanks for sharing your perspective with painting! I would love to see some of your paintings and enjoyed seeing some on your page - very nice Michele! I used to paint landscapes with oils years...posted on: The Master Tailor
Praising God with you for your mother-in-law's new heart! What a wonderful blessing! You say it so well, Staci - we pray so long for answers and healing, and I, too, taper off the prayers of...posted on: New Hearts and New Prayers
Thank you for mentioning that, Michele. That is an excellent option for some! A while back I had read about a military veteran with PTSD who also had a specially trained dog to assist him. I'm so...posted on: My Journey With PTSD
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