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Confident Hope

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
My Redeemer lives. He will rescue me. He will defend me. In the end it is him and not my accuser or tormentor who remains standing. Therefore I have hope.

I love this part of Handel’s Messiah and have often sung to myself the first line or two when all seems black and without hope. He lives! He will remain standing. He is in control and he is Victor even when all around me contradicts this belief.

Can you feel the strength and power in those words? My Redeemer lives! There is hope. He is not dead, he does not sleep. He lives! I can go on and continue in my pain and darkness knowing that at the right time he will do what his name declares. He will redeem me, save me, bring me succour and nothing can stop him because in the end it will be him standing not his (or my) enemies.

Confident hope. Hallelujah! My Redeemer lives and in the end he will stand.

Thank you, Jesus, that you give this hope; that you are my Redeemer and nothing will stop you. You are the Victor. In the end it will be you standing with Satan under your feet. Keep me confident of this truth when all around me seems dark and hopeless.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

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Reviews of Searching for Love

If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You may e-mail me at debbiehaughland@gmail.com or post them in the comments section below.

A Real Testimony
I finished your book. A real testimony to what God does for us.
Leona March 3, 2009
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I sat down to read it about a week later and ended up finishing it the same night. At first I admit I was a little bored and thought that the whole book was about a battle all in your mind, but as I continued reading this creeping thought came over me of a different...struggle in my own life, that I would never in my right mind have shared with anyone accept maybe God. I've mentioned your book to a few people because it stirs up age-old controversies that I have myself argued and wondered about, namely about whether or not homosexuality can be cured or just managed like alcoholism--you just have to stay away from temptation. I noticed at the end of your book that your struggle story …