Monday, January 23, 2012


View from hospital window
Janet Chester Bly

Days at the hospital melt into a blur.
Every day stirs a hope, then ends in fatigue.
Then the doctor says, “There’s nothing more we can do.”

God thrives in a tense waiting room or crisis clinic. Or when you’re on the run.
Prayer’s the main weapon you possess when you’re fighting for personal peace.

At the moment you say, “There’s a limit to what I can endure,” that’s when God’s power shines best.

Sometimes you need a buddy, a partner who can come alongside and help you stretch your limits, to hang in there until something that makes sense prevails.

But there’s situations when you must crash alone. Hole up in a closet. Curl up in a cocoon.

“Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (Matthew 6:6 THE MESSAGE).

Whether with a friend or in a group. Or alone. You can press on. You can steady your determination with total focus on divine help. When you’re faced with pure grim, keep a grip until peace enlightens the dungeon of depression. Or the guillotine of guilt. Or the bastion of bitter gall.


When was your last tense waiting room or crisis clinic experience? How long did it take for the power of prayer to kick in?


Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot
Stuart Brannon: The Final Shot
by Stephen Bly (1944-2011)

Finishing Dad’s novel was a family affair.

Book blurb: 
It's 1905. Two orphans flee Oregon's Tillamook Head. One of them is branded a hero. Do they tell what really happened & risk a dangerous man's wrath? Meanwhile, Brannon searches for his missing U.S. Marshal friend & grapples with the game of golf on behalf of a charity celebrity tournament.

Available in hardback & ebook. 
Paperback edition release August 2012.

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