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Enough For Now
by Trisha LaCoste
As I lie in my bed with four amazing kids piled all around and even on top of me, I can't help but go to that quiet place in my soul. You know that place-the place where you meet with your Creator and listen quietly for His voice. Music fills my head. Music speaks to my soul like nothing else can, and I hear the words of one of my favorite songs -- 'If You Want Me To' by Ginny Owens.
'So if all of these trials bring me closer to You, then I will go through the fire if you want me to.'
Have you ever thought that you knew what it meant to go through trials only to be tried again and realize that you barely had a glimpse? A year ago I thought I was at the end of my rope. My husband didn't have a job, we were living with my in-laws, and we only had one running vehicle.which didn't always run. I sang this song by Ginny Owens at church one Sunday as tears welled up in my eyes because it seemed so real to me. It was real. I was hurting. And I certainly didn't understand why I had to face the trials I was facing.
I sit here one year later and realize that I'm not any closer to knowing the answer to that question. I sit here with more trials under my belt. I have literally been through a fire. My son and I spent over a week in separate hospitals recovering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns. My husband has had two hernia surgeries. My son has had 22 stitches from jumping through a glass table. My husband tore his ACL playing a game of basketball, and he still doesn't have a steady job. Although we have two vehicles now, they seem to break down at the most inopportune times. I have medical bills I can't pay. I honestly don't know from one month to the next if I'm going to be able to pay any bills. I laugh at the 'me' from last year for thinking things were so hopeless then. I thought I was at the end of my rope, but it seems I've lost my grip of the rope entirely now.
I cry out to my Father wondering why He's allowing this. Where is He? Why doesn't He fix this mess? Do I not matter enough to Him for Him to bring me just a glimpse of hope?
Then I remember Moses. He spent 40 years tending sheep in the desert before God appeared in a burning bush and eventually revealed His plan for Moses' life. What about Joseph? He was sold into slavery by his own brothers and it was 25 years before it was evident to him that God had a plan and a purpose in his situation.
And I complain about one year of trials that I don't understand.
I whine because my husband doesn't have a steady job.forgetting that God has never let us go hungry and has always provided the money we need at the exact moment we need it.
I wonder why we had to endure a house fire.forgetting the profound lesson I learned as I pulled my adopted son from a burning closet-it's only through God's love in us that mothers are capable of such love.
I stress about unpaid bills.forgetting that God is slowly but surely teaching me how to trust Him with my every need.
I cry at the pain I've had to watch my son endure...forgetting that God spared his life.
My questions to God seem a little out of place in the scheme of things now. Yes...I still struggle. I still ask why. I still wish I could see the ultimate plan and purpose He has for me in this situation.
But I can see the character He's building in me and the spiritual hunger He's giving me. Just as I see the frayed end of my rope starting to unravel, I realize that it's only in my darkest moments that the light in my soul can shine. Besides that, if I never let go of the rope how can I ever expect my Father to catch me?
And for me...well...I guess that's enough of an answer for now.

Trisha LaCoste

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Trisha LaCoste is a wife, mother, and photographer who lives in Southern Alabama with her husband, Anthony, and their four children. Hunter, Mason, Kyla, and Jayden give her inspiration every day to use either her photography skills or her wiriting skills. You can check out her website at





Creation Q & A

Q: How does a biblical creationist deal with plant carnivory?

A: A menu of rats may be expected with coyotes and owls?but plants? As improbable as it sounds, there are plants that can digest rats and other small vertebrates. Recently, news agencies and websites were deluged with headlines that a new species of "rat-eating" plant was discovered by a botanical team led by Stewart McPherson. Apparently the researchers got wind of a story that took place in 2000.

As the tale goes, two Christian missionaries to the Philippines got lost in central Palawan while attempting to ascend Mount Alexandria. They were rescued 13 days later and recounted seeing large carnivorous pitcher plants on the slope of the mountain. Their botanical descriptions were unique enough to cause McPherson and team to mount a two-month expedition to the area in 2007. Upon hiking through dense forests and climbing up Mount Alexandria, they spotted the first specimen at around 1600 meters in elevation.

What are these plants? Why do they eat animals and how are we to understand them within a biblical model of creation?

Continue reading about plant carnivory in The Genesis of "Rat-Eating" Plants at:


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Creation/Evolution controversy each day. This section also includes a rotating
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Thought For The Day

"Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts." --William Hazlitt

Verse for the Day

"Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered
Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working
together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?" --James 2:21,22

Kid's Thought For The Day

"Let the toad go where you found it."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"The secret to feeding your child is learning how to disguise a vegetable
as a french fry." --Jan Blaustone

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Don't knock your competitors. By boosting others you will boost
yourself. A little competition is a good thing and severe competition
is a blessing." --Kindleberger

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"The driving force behind Darwin's theory of origins was blatant racism, not science. Remember, the evidence that Darwin was a racist is easily discovered, he did not hide it. It can be seen in the subtitle selected for his 'The Origin of Species'. The words he chose to describe his effort were: 'The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life'. That should be enough for anyone. Darwin was out to prove the superiority of the white race over the black. That goal was at the core of his stated thesis! He had an agenda, and that agenda was not scientific." -- Mike Carrier,(MA, NYU--Graduate School of Arts and Science)

Writer's Thought For The Day

"I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word mayonnaise." --Richard Brautigan

Deep Thought For The Day

"The other day I went to the bookstore to buy a dictionary. The clerk showed me a really cheap one. I couldn't find the words to thank him."



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This Week: "True Confessions" by Jeff Williams



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Dear Michael,

"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"

Silverhill, AL
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