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The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting

The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
Waiting 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.
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What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed?

What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed?

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
Pain 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.
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When Every Hope Seems Lost

When Every Hope Seems Lost

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
When 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.
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When the Detour Becomes Your New Road

When the Detour Becomes Your New Road

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
When 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?
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The Manger

The Manger

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
When 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.
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If I Only Knew Why

If I Only Knew Why

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
How 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?
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The Loneliness of Suffering

The Loneliness of Suffering

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
What transforms me is spending time with Jesus, sitting with him, lamenting to him, talking to him, and listening to him. As 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.
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Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom. When my cup of suffering seems too much to bear, I need to rest in his immeasurable love. When my life spins out of control, I need to remember God’s absolute sovereignty.
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The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
The Book of Job has both shaken me and shaped me. When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man. But over the years, this story has helped forge my understanding…
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The Greatest Gift Is God Himself

The Greatest Gift Is God Himself

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
God 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.
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What If the Worst Happens?

What If the Worst Happens?

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
We all face a staggering array of “what ifs.” Some are minor issues while others have life-altering repercussions.
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Is My Suffering Meaningless?

Is My Suffering Meaningless?

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
A few weeks ago, I met with a friend who believes that while God draws near to us in our trials, people often suffer in ways that God never intended. God reacts to our suffering but never causes it. To…
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Finding Joy in the Clouds

Finding Joy in the Clouds

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
It 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.
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Seven Things That Transform Suffering

Seven Things That Transform Suffering

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
I 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. …
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When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For

Vaneetha Rendall Risner
Countless childhood surgeries. Yearlong stints in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from classmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The unexpected death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Betrayal. A husband who leaves. If it were…
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