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.
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.
Embrace the Life You Have
May 15, 2017
Give grief its season — let it speak your sorrows. But let hope speak the final word.
What If the Worst Happens?
Sep 15, 2014
We all face a staggering array of “what ifs.” Some are minor issues, while others have life-altering repercussions.
The Loneliness of Suffering
Oct 26, 2015
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.
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?
Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith
Sep 2, 2015
When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom and rest in his immeasurable love.
When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For
Feb 8, 2014
Unlike delivering grace, which often moves us to greater independence from God, sustaining grace keeps us tethered to him.
‘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?
The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
Jun 30, 2015
The story of Job taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure.
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.
The Greatest Gift Is God Himself
How He Meets Us in Suffering
Apr 22, 2015
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.
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?
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.
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.
Is My Suffering Meaningless?
Jul 12, 2014
Not a minute of our suffering is meaningless. God’s purpose directs every detail of our pain.
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.
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.
Suffering Will Always Change You
Mar 15, 2020
Why does suffering increase faith and hope in God for some and destroy it for others?
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.
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.
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.
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.