…Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1: 5b-6 KJ21

It’s such a privilege to be able to add my voice to countless millions of others throughout the ages who have been able to identify with the power of those words. Amen!

JP Robinson 

A young mother dies of cancer while an alcoholic murderer lives to be 90. A couple struggles to raise a child with mental challenges, despite a lifetime of spiritual devotion. At first glance, life seems to be full of paradoxical contradictions that appear to deny the existence of a loving God. 

But there is an answer to this question. 

The Bible tells us that our idea and God’s idea of a “good” person are not synonymous. Jesus said outright that the only truly good Person is God (Mark 10:18). We’re all flawed, born into a condition whose weaknesses are evident each day of our life. 

But God doesn’t want us to stay that way.

Because He loves us, He wants to make us like Himself, to eradicate the glaring imperfections in our lives by the secret workings of His divine purpose. 

To accomplish this end-goal, God often allows tough circumstances to mark our life’s journey. Illness, tragic loss, sometimes even personal failure—things we are quick to label as “bad.” But if we can look beyond the pain, we will quickly see one life-altering truth:

the situation is not as important as our reaction to it.

In my newly-released novel, In the Shadow of Your Wings,  Eleanor Thompson—a mother whose child is tragically killed in a German air strike during World War 1—teaches us the power of an attitude that remains God-centered despite life’s challenges. 

If we cling to our faith in God, despite the pain, guilt or fear that confronts us, we will become stronger. We will break through, shatter chains and emerge from the gloom a little closer to Him than ever before.  

Just as the potter puts a work of art into the kiln so its true beauty can be seen, so God allows situations that, while painful, reveal our true potential. But that all depends on if we choose to continue to believe instead of rebel. 

Why do bad things happen to good people? 

So that flawed people can finally become truly good. 

Live inspired,

JP Robinson

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Discover the power of FAITH.  Read In the Shadow of Your Wings

I’m sure that every Christian parent feels concern about their child’s spiritual life at some point or another. It’s quite natural. God Himself was touched by that concern when He ran through the Garden of Eden, screaming,

“Adam, Adam, where are you?”

When our child strays, the question each parent needs to ask is not, “why is this happening?” but “what am I going to do about it?”

It might seem that we parents are powerless, that a permissive world, which is quick to label Christian parents as “judgmental”, is too strong.

But that’s a lie.

Each Christian praying parent is a spiritual power house, a vortex of faith and courage.

We are equipped with the ability to contact God.

We are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We are dynamic individuals, built to call on God until He answers and touches the lives of those we love.

Being a powerhouse is no easy job.

Like Thomas, the faithful father in  In the Shadow of Your Wings,  we are called to give of ourselves, to support our children in prayer, to stand firm in our principles while loving them unconditionally.

The process can be emotionally draining. But, like any powerhouse, change is only accomplished when we give everything we have.

Don’t stop praying. Sooner or later, that prodigal will come home.

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In the Shadow of Your Wings 

E-book available here.