God Designs the Detours

Bob Roane Prison Ministry, Providence

Joseph (son of Jacob) told his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually …

Good Times and Bad Times from the Lord’s Hand

Bob Roane Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Providence

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life. (Ecclesiastes 7:14 NLT) Enjoy Prosperity Prosperity means success, the good life, plenty, comfort, security, and well-being. The first part of King Solomon’s verse above is easy to understand, yet still we manage to forget how the …

Christ Knows What He’s Doing (Hurricane Harvey Anniversary)

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Providence

In Houston, Harvey’s anniversary is being remembered. In case you missed them, you may read our related postings written in 2017: The Blue Marble & Hurricane Harvey Jesus, Hurricanes, God’s Power & Peace Being a “Deacon” to People Who Have None Hurricane Harvey engulfed the Houston metro area and was the costliest tropical cyclone on record. Many have not yet …

Enjoy Prosperity; Give Thanks for Hard Times Too (Part 1)

Bob Roane Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Providence

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life. (Ecc 7:14 NLT) Enjoy Prosperity Prosperity means success, the good life, plenty, comfort, security, and well-being. The first part of King Solomon’s verse above is easy to understand, yet still we manage to forget how the …

Christ’s Providence (Like a Surprise Garden)

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God, Providence

The Son of God sustains all things by His powerful word….The LORD has established His throne in heaven and His kingdom rules over all….All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent. (Hebrews 1:3; Psalm 103:19; Isaiah 28:29) Anna’s Story Imagine young Anna growing up in Nashville, Tennessee.1 Every year her mother gave …

All My Life Is Portioned Out for Me

Bob Roane Hymn Stories, Jesus Christ, Loving and Trusting God, Prison Ministry, Providence, Wise living

My times are in Your hand….I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (Psalm 31:15; Philippians 4:11) Anna Waring Anna L. Waring (1823-1910) was a Welsh poet and hymn-writer. She expressed deep love for and trust in Christ in her writings, but many details about her life are not known. People praised Anna’s inner, unfading beauty of …

Jesus, Hurricanes, God’s Power & Peace

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Providence

This was written in September and posted now because people are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and from other personal disasters. Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane that caused catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and Louisiana. It dissipated September 3, 2017, but many are still recovering from its effects. Many areas received more than 40 inches of …

The Blue Marble & Hurricane Harvey

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Providence

(Excerpt from teaching/training classes, used also in pastoral counseling and prison ministry) This was written in September, but is posted now because people are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and from other personal disasters. The Blue Marble is a photograph of Earth taken in 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft (28,000 miles from Earth). It is one …