What If Evil Does Befall Me?
Apr 15, 2018
God does not deliver us from all evil, but he does deliver us from ultimate evil. In Christ, he rescues us from sin, hell, and the domain of darkness.
Did God Write the Story You Didn’t Want?
Mar 18, 2018
When God writes your story in a way you didn’t want, remember that there’s more to your story than you can see or understand now.
Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith
Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self
Jan 28, 2018
God’s greatest work in us is built on the ground of our failures. God does his most extraordinary work when we rely on him alone.
What Suffering People Wish You Would Do at Christmas
Dec 18, 2017
Remind those who suffer from loss this season that if they are in Christ, he will undo all wrong when he returns and make every sorrow untrue.
Can the Word of God Really Ease My Pain?
Nov 12, 2017
Sometimes tears of great pain and tears of deep joy are only moments apart. Journey with me along the beams of Psalm 56.
In Awe of Her God
Joni’s Fifty Years of Counting Quadriplegia Joy
Jul 30, 2017
This weekend marks fifty years since the diving accident that left Joni Eareckson Tada with quadriplegia. Her remarkable joy has been a tribute to her remarkable God.
Embrace the Life You Have
May 15, 2017
Give grief its season — let it speak your sorrows. But let hope speak the final word.
Have You Felt Forsaken by God?
Apr 12, 2017
Even when we feel forsaken and have no idea where to turn or what to do, we can know that God is using that very struggle to give us something good.
Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse?
Feb 15, 2017
Soon enough we will see how God has used our pain and losses to accomplish far more than we could ask or imagine.
What the Manger Says to the Suffering
Dec 21, 2016
From the beginning of his life, Jesus became the living evidence that the hope of God is for the suffering.
Worth Every Second
Vaneetha’s Joy in Suffering
Dec 14, 2016
Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
What It Really Means to Be #Blessed
Dec 12, 2016
People celebrate being #blessed on social media all the time, but what does the Bible say about blessing?
God Turned My ‘What If’ to ‘Even If’
Dec 12, 2016
Many of us live in fear, wondering whether the worst might happen. Replacing ‘what if’ with ‘even if’ is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make.
The Hardest Part of My Pain
Dec 12, 2016
Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Multiple miscarriages. The death of a child. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce. What was the hardest part?
Look Through the Lens of Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2016
Gratitude 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, 2016
I 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, 2016
We 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, 2016
Vaneetha begged God for his delivering grace. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting
Jun 15, 2016
Waiting can be excruciating, especially when we have no idea what God will do. 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, 2016
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.
When Every Hope Seems Lost
Mar 25, 2016
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.
When the Detour Becomes Your New Road
Jan 30, 2016
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?
A Sign for the Suffering
Dec 23, 2015
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.
If I Only Knew Why
Dec 9, 2015
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?