Look Through the Lens of Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2016Gratitude opens space in hurting hearts. When we choose to focus on what we have been given, rather than linger over what we’re missing, we find joy and peace.
Lament Helps Us Hold on to Him
Nov 2, 2016I have learned the beauty of lament in my suffering. Lament highlights the gospel more than stoicism ever could. I first found the power in the book of Ruth.
What Good Can Come from Suffering?
Oct 27, 2016We may go about our day-to-day life, oblivious to the fact that God goes with us. But in suffering, God’s presence is unmistakable.
The Scars That Have Shaped Me
How God Meets Us in Suffering
Oct 15, 2016Vaneetha begged God for his delivering grace. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting
Jun 15, 2016Waiting can be excruciating, especially when we have no idea what God will do in the end. But maybe God is doing more in our waiting than he would in an answer.
What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed?
Apr 28, 2016Pain and loss transform us. While they sometimes unravel us, they can also push us to a deeper life with God than we ever thought possible.
When Every Hope Seems Lost
Mar 25, 2016When I think of Good Friday, my heart sinks. It is our remembrance of the ultimate day of despair, when sin colored the world and evil triumphed. Or so it seemed.
When the Detour Becomes Your New Road
Jan 30, 2016When my plans go awry, I want to believe that I have taken a temporary detour. But what if my new sufferings and pain are now my new normal?
A Sign for the Suffering
Dec 23, 2015When our dreams and plans are falling apart, and our life feels humble and obscure when we were hoping for something prettier, maybe we are exactly where God wants us to be.
If I Only Knew Why
Dec 9, 2015How could I possibly reconcile such great losses that were preventable, unexpected? My natural question was, “Why?” If God was in control, why didn’t he stop it?
The Loneliness of Suffering
Oct 26, 2015As much as I would like friends to comfort me, no one has ever met me the way God has. No one’s words have ever changed me the way Scripture has.
Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith
Sep 2, 2015When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom and rest in his immeasurable love.
The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
Jun 30, 2015The story of Job taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure.
The Greatest Gift Is God Himself
Is Suffering a Sign of Divine Disapproval?
Apr 22, 2015God doesn’t grant my every request even when I pray faithfully. But he does promise to satisfy me with his unfailing love as he walks through every trial with me.
What If the Worst Happens?
Sep 15, 2014We all face a staggering array of “what ifs.” Some are minor issues while others have life-altering repercussions.
Is My Suffering Meaningless?
Jul 12, 2014Not a minute of our suffering is meaningless. God’s purpose directs every detail of our pain.
Finding Joy in the Clouds
May 14, 2014It doesn’t feel like God draws as near without the clouds. There is an intimacy with him I have only experienced in the raging storm.
Seven Things That Transform Suffering
Mar 27, 2014I can’t carry my plate to the table. Last month I could do it easily. But with post-polio, things deteriorate rapidly. Every week, I face new challenges, discover things I can no longer do, give up more things I love. …