The Long and Lingering Tail of Suffering
Jan 14, 2023
One reason God may allow suffering to linger, as it often does, is because he values our dependence more than our comfort.
When Praying Hurts
How to Go to God in Suffering
Dec 23, 2022
Suffering can make prayer seem futile, if not impossible. How can we overcome resistance when our hearts lean away from God?
Someone Knows Your Pain
How Suffering Ties Us to Christ
Oct 7, 2022
Suffering can feel isolating. No one knows what to say or how you feel. But someone knows every ounce of your pain and more.
Our Children Need to See Weakness
Sep 22, 2022
Don’t hide or run from your weaknesses in parenting. Lean into them, and help your children learn to rely on God for everything.
When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense
Jul 11, 2022
We often cannot see what God is doing in the midst of our suffering. That does not mean he isn’t doing something stunningly good.
God Gives Our Waiting Purpose
Jun 4, 2022
Silence can be uncomfortable and unsettling, especially when we are suffering. But if we are trained by it, stillness can be the best place to meet God.
No One Knows My Pain
How Pride Hides in Suffering
Apr 28, 2022
One of Satan’s favorite ways to isolate weak and vulnerable sheep is to convince us that no one understands what we’re going through.
You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone
Mar 10, 2022
Most suffering is lonely. But often, the loneliest suffering is the suffering we try to carry apart from the church.
Caring for the Chronically Ill
Jan 10, 2022
Chronic illness can be a long and lonely road, so how can we love hurting people around us well?
The Unwelcome Gift of Suffering
Dec 10, 2021
We would never ask for suffering, but sometimes suffering is the painful, precious gift we need.
The Lord Gave and Took Away
Lessons on Suffering from Job
Oct 9, 2021
You may not know why you are suffering like you are, but if you belong to Jesus, you can know that God has his why for you.
God Never Makes a Mistake
Sep 18, 2021
“God never makes a mistake.” How you respond to that sentence will change everything about how you experience suffering.
Delivered by Affliction
How Trials Awaken Us to God
Jul 20, 2021
Sometimes, God shows his mercy to us by delivering us from affliction. And sometimes, he shows his mercy by delivering us by affliction.
He Has Not Failed Me Yet
Lessons from Long Suffering
Jun 23, 2021
When you cannot see the faithfulness of God in your suffering or loss, ask him to help you remember a time when you could.
God Has Not Forgotten You
Apr 17, 2021
Whether you are in the valley now or are waiting for yours to come, truths like these are strong enough to carry you through.
We Cannot Cling to Bitterness and God
Mar 6, 2021
Part of learning to truly forgive is learning what true forgiveness is — and what it is not.
Has God Withheld Good from Me?
Jan 19, 2021
If it feels like God has withheld good from you, remember that your Father knows your needs even better than you do.
The Hardest Time of Year
Grieving Pain and Loss at Christmas
Dec 24, 2020
Is joy at Christmas possible in a year like ours? She lost her son, her health, and her marriage, and still believes so.
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?
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