How to Harm a Heavy Heart
Loving Sufferers Begins with Listening
Nov 24, 2020
We often worry about what to say to the suffering, but often the most effective ministry in the moment is to sit, weep, and listen well.
Nothing Is for Nothing
Accepting Loss and Finding Peace
Oct 10, 2020
Anyone who has lost much has longed for peace. Those who have found it know that it comes only through acceptance.
When Suffering Drives Joy Away
Finding God in Dry Places
Aug 11, 2020
How do I seek God when life is hard, pain is suffocating, and joy feels impossible?
To Anyone Who Has Lost a Child
Jul 14, 2020
If you have lost a child, you carry a pain many around you do not know. But if you know Christ, you’re not as alone as you feel.
What Only Suffering Can Say
How Trials Feed the Flame of Witness
Apr 13, 2020
When fires of suffering rise, and storms of sorrow fall, the people around you will see all the more clearly what it means to belong to Jesus.
Nothing I Suffer Surprises God
Mar 25, 2020
What if instead of going immediately, even impulsively, to our phones when fear or suffering comes unexpectedly, we went to our knees?
Suffering Will Always Change You
Mar 15, 2020
Why does suffering increase faith and hope in God for some and destroy it for others?
Can Sickness Be Better Than Health?
Feb 14, 2020
Prosperity and health are mercies, but they are only temporary. Suffering and trouble enable us to lay hold of the greater gifts of God.
God Uses Everything
Why Our Suffering Is Never Wasted
Dec 7, 2019
God governs all things for the everlasting joy and good of his people. Nothing that happens to you is a waste — even, and especially, the hardest things.
My Rope out of the Pit
The Word I Needed in My Worst Days
Nov 17, 2019
When trials come or crises hit, the Bible can seem far away and unfamiliar. But these are the words we need most in our worst days.
My Joy Rose as Sorrows Fell
Rejoicing All the More in Suffering
Oct 18, 2019
Being “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” doesn’t mean we need to rejoice about our suffering, but that we can rejoice even in the midst of our suffering.
God Wants Your Weakness
Aug 24, 2019
The Lord isn’t looking for your strength, or bravery, or natural gifts. He wants your reliance on him.
When We Want to Give Up Waiting
Jun 30, 2019
When God makes us wait longer than we want, there will always be a temptation to give up, stop praying, and take things into our own hands.
The Precious Furnace of Affliction
May 23, 2019
God refines us in the fire. The flames in our life sanctify us and draw us to God in ways that nothing else can.
Grab Hold of God
The Importance of Wrestling in Prayer
May 5, 2019
If we never wrestle with God in prayer, we have to ask if our hearts are really engaged in what we ask.
‘Just Have More Faith’
How Bad Theology Hurts the Suffering
Mar 21, 2019
If I would have prayed more and had more faith, would this have happened?
I Learned to Read the Bible Through Tears
Feb 3, 2019
If we keep pleading with God in our worst days, his word will come alive like never before, because we will need his word like never before.
What If I Never Get Better?
How Not to Comfort Suffering People
Dec 10, 2018
If we immediately assure suffering people that everything is going to be okay, we don’t really comfort their pain. We dismiss it.
When the Future Feels Impossible
Oct 26, 2018
We don’t need to understand now how we will face the future. No matter what happens, we will never walk alone.
God Will Sustain You a Day at a Time
Sep 30, 2018
God will give you enough grace for today. He will hold you up. He will meet all your needs. And when tomorrow comes, he will do it all again.
Will You Lose Your Faith in College?
Aug 23, 2018
When you head to school this fall, don’t assume you won’t drift away from Christ. Faithfulness will require diligence.
If God Is with Me, Why Did This Happen?
Aug 4, 2018
Every trial you endure has passed through God’s loving hands. And one day, when your faith becomes sight, you will thank him for every difficulty.
How to Discourage a Grieving Friend
Jul 3, 2018
If you want to discourage a grieving friend, analyze their grief instead of being slow to speak and quick to listen.
Do You Wish You Had Accomplished More?
May 31, 2018
Has your career or ministry not unfolded like you expected? Take heart. If God has called you to this, he is doing far more through you than you can see.