This blog is 60+ daily devotional readings for how to remain unbroken amidst life's tough stuff.

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A Cord of Three Strands

God’s hand works hope in the tough stuff

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Ruth 2:19-20 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So Ruth told Naomi with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” And Naomi...

The grace-filled faithful turn the tide

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Ruth 2:2-7 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she...

The tough stuff of a spiritual choice

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Ruth 1:15-18 And Naomi said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your...

Struggling when counting the losses

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Ruth 1:11-13 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night...

Living in days full of tough stuff

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Ruth 1:1-5 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi,and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion...

God’s answer to Job

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Job 40:1-9 And the Lord said to Job, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” Then Job answered the Lord and said, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I...

Job’s bottom-line confidence in God

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Job 19:23-27 “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer (or Vindicator) lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus...

Job’s problem with God

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Job 28:12-19 “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ It cannot be bought for...

Cycles of “Why” debates

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Job 4:1-7 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: “If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? Yet who can keep from speaking? Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm...

An eruption of confusion

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Job 3:1-4, 23-26 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said: “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’ Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it. Why is light...

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