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Job’s relationship with God: Discovering Truth in Lament

Image is a painting of Job face down on the ground in pain, two friends sitting by watching and the third with his arms up in anger condemning Job's relationship with God.

What did Job get right about God? That’s the question I’m left with at the end of his story. Job is a good man who has lost everything, and he doesn’t know how to explain his suffering, except to assume that God is against him. He cries out in distress, accusing his creator of cruelty, injustice and violence towards him. His speeches are hard to …

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How Do You Trust God in difficult times?
3 Truths to Remember

This is part 1 of a short series on God and Uncertainty.
 

Image of an older man with blond hair. He has a look of despair on his face and holds his head in his hand wondering how do you trust God in difficult times.

I can’t remember the last time I felt certain about the future. These last few years have brought crisis after crisis, and so many of the normal things we take for granted have been thrown into doubt. It’s been exhausting, hasn’t it? Many of us have found ourselves struggling with str…

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Sunday Morning (a retelling)

Picture of Mary Magdalene entering the tomb distressed and crying on Easter SundaySunday morning. Peter is deep in his own thoughts. Going round and round his head are the shameful words he spoke three days ago: "I don't know the man!" John is silent too. He watched the unthinkable happen, watched his teacher and friend die in agony, and could do nothing to stop it. Nine other men, shocked, numb, united in grief. Then Mary is at…

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6 Prayers for Ukraine (and 3 ways to help)

Hands holding a lit candle in prayer for Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent shockwaves across Europe. It's easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of such a huge crisis. One of the few things ordinary people can do is to pray, but even this feels immensely challenging for many of us. Perhaps you pray regularly but right now don't know where to st…

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"Who Made God?" by Joanne Gilchrist: a colourful adventure for curious kids

Front cover of Who Made God by Joanne Gilchrist - it shows a cartoon lion with a questioning expression and a girl holding a baby, against a backdrop of stars and planet earth.

Today I'm delighted to be reviewing this new children's book, book 2 in the Animals of Eden Valley series, which also includes 'Why Can't I see God?' It's intended for 4-7 year olds, but this accessible introduction to a complex topic may have something to teach grown ups as well!

Roar the lion has just turned 10 years old and has some…

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Valley of Springs is the online home of Jo and Dan Acharya.
We write devotional blogs to help you grow in your faith and trust God in difficult times.

We also provide easy read Bible study and discipleship resources for Christians with learning difficulties.
Jo is the author of Refresh: a wellness devotional for the whole Christian life.

 

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