Suffering with hope

Why Trials Aren’t the Only Cause of Our Suffering

A few weeks before last Easter, something snapped in me and let me assure you, it wasn't pretty. I walked out of my son's room after a long, exhausting struggle with him, scared by the anger and impatience that his special needs had suddenly provoked in me. It's impossible to explain all that brought me… Continue reading Why Trials Aren’t the Only Cause of Our Suffering

Fighting the Good Fight, Gospel living, Suffering with hope, Treasures Found in the Trials of Life, Unlocking The Bible

Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

Disoriented. Numb. Somber. There are few words to describe where my heart has been lately. I feel inadequate to describe all the reasons why or how I have gotten to this place. But even if was able, the circumstances aren’t the point. The point is that even as Christians, we can face feelings of despair.… Continue reading Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

Gospel living, Suffering with hope

If the Enemy Can’t Turn Us Against God, He’ll Distract Us From Enjoying Him

“You shall have no other God’s before me. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God.” Exodus 20:3,5 I will be the first to admit that my heart is so quickly drawn toward the immediate and temporary pleasures of this world. The things… Continue reading If the Enemy Can’t Turn Us Against God, He’ll Distract Us From Enjoying Him

Hope When It Hurts, Suffering with hope

HWIH Audio Book is Now Available!

Hi Friends! I’m soooo excited about this! Countless people have asked if/when an audio version will be available (many who struggle to read because of chronic illness). Well, I’m excited to share that it’s finally here! You can now find it at Christianaudio.com for an awesome launch sale price of $7.49! May Christ be glorified through… Continue reading HWIH Audio Book is Now Available!

Desiring God Posts, Suffering with hope

Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Pain has taken its toll on me — physically, emotionally, and mentally. The damage isn’t always visible on my face or in my words, but it’s always there, tempting me to view everything through the lens of an aching heart and a weary spirit. No one lives this life untouched. We all experience the brokenness… Continue reading Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Hope When It Hurts, Marriage, Suffering with hope

Hope When It Hurts In Your Marriage

My husband (Jeff) and I are excited to share that, after many months of prayer, we signed a contract with The Good Book Company in August and have begun writing a follow up book to Hope When It Hurts - written for married couples navigating trials of any kind. This is not a “how to”… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts In Your Marriage

Suffering with hope

When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What You’ve Lost

[Update - this is reposted from two years ago, as the reminders are helpful to me again. While, by God's kindness, we have an income once again, I now find myself unable to walk this Christmas due to an increasing ankle defect. These lessons often need to be re-learned, whatever the specific trials may be.]… Continue reading When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What You’ve Lost