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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seven Things That Transform Suffering
Mar 27, 2014
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. …
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.
Finding Joy in the Clouds
May 14, 2014
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.
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.
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.