Personal Thoughts


I know a lot of you folks have been following Nabeel Qureshi’s VLogs on YouTube. I just watched number 33 where Nabeel had his Dad on camera and then number 34 where he is starting Immunotherapy. Please keep him in your prayers. I know that I just recently put up a post about God not healing everyone but in this particular case, I would oh so like to be wrong. I also pray for healing for Bill Sweeney who has ALS and others within my circle of friends and family who need God’s healing. There are so many who need God’s healing in their lives, be it from physical illnesses, mental illnesses or just to get their lives straightened out. I wish I had more answers.

When all is said and done, even when I don’t understand, I have to trust that all the lessons God has taught me over the years, all the words in His Holy Scriptures that assure me of His love and the many times that He has intervened in my life and the lives of my family and friends, His ways and His purposes are better than mine. He knows the end from the beginning. He is sovereign, He is the Lord.

Knowing in part has never been my preference or strong suit, I like to understand but there is so much of the big picture that I am not aware of. When I stop to think of my little spot here in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and how insignificant I am, I marvel that He hears my prayers, but I believe that He does. He’s proven that to me so many times. So I pray and I pray in earnest and I wait. I hate waiting. I like to see immediate answers. God has taught me lessons about coming to false conclusions when I don’t see the responses that I am expecting. I’ve learned that it isn’t over until God says it is over, when I’ve shut the door and concluded that it isn’t to be, He has opened another door and brought in a response that I was not even aware of, never even thought of. So waiting is not without purpose, it stretches our faith, builds our confidence in Him when we have all but given up. I understand that but I could really do with a positive response from God about Nabeel, soon. Like today would be good.

Do you apologize to God in your prayers like I do? I remind Him infrequently that I do not deliberately intend to be disrespectful etc, but some of the things that I pray for are because I do not understand. He knows my mental limitations, He knows what I can comprehend. He knows better than I, how little I know. My little grand daughter kissed me on the lips all on her own the other day. She’s 18 months old and loves Papa. You can’t buy this stuff. About then she could have had a pony if she has asked for it.  She just runs to me with her arms held up so that I can pick her up. I need to trust God like that. Unreservedly, without thinking, instinctively. And when it is all said and done, I do. He knows that. And I am grateful, so grateful, for His love. God’s word tells us that we groan in these bodies. Romans 8:23 NIV “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” I can attest to that, the groaning inwardly part. I know that I am not alone.

So….., nothing earth shattering to talk about, just wanted to remind you folks to keep Nabeel in your prayers and pardon my grumbling about not knowing.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. When I am waiting, I try to remember Noah — he and his family got on the boat with all the animals, and then GOD shut the door — and GOD opened it up at the right time after the flood. It boggles my mind, but I do believe that God knows where each of us is at any given moment and He also knows what is going on in our life and in the lives of our loved ones. And, He is present in all of that, personally present and attending to the needs of each one. Not knowing is not grumbling, Bruce, not knowing is part of the definition of faith. If you knew, it would not be faith, and faith is what God wants from us.


  2. Bruce, as one who has learned that waiting is some of the most precious time we will have with our Lord, I encourage you to wait patiently for Him and with Him in faith and His love for the blessings that come during these times of waiting. It is during these times that we learn and practice with assurance, the patience of Christ..


  3. Thank you for this post, my friend. Childlike faith is truly what we need. My grandkids were here Sunday and my daughter prayed for me before they left. My two year old granddaughter laid her hand on me and repeated my daughter’s words. She loves to pray.
    Having childlike faith isn’t something we should have to “try to do,” we should try to just get all the “adult” stuff (worry, fear, doubt, sin…) out of the way and childlike faith will be what remains.
    Thank you so much for your prayers, Bruce.
    I’ve been praying for Nabeel.

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