Suffering with hope

An Unlikely Weapon To Fight Despair

My sufferings have brought me near the painful sting of death. Yet, those deaths have also led to greater life. It's the dichotomy of the Christian life. Sorrows that lead to joy. Loss that leads to gain. Death that leads to life. Even still, in the midst of the darkest days, I've had to fight… Continue reading An Unlikely Weapon To Fight Despair

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Roe vs. Wade and the Deceitfulness of My Own Heart

This is not a political post, it’s a spiritual one. Because this week’s news and the outrage it’s caused has highlighted one thing with great clarity - every single one of us has a sinful nature that is capable of justifying ANYTHING. And not only justifying it, but truly believe we are doing what’s right.… Continue reading Roe vs. Wade and the Deceitfulness of My Own Heart

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There is no Pit so Deep That He is Not Deeper Still

Mom! Dad! Something keeps biting me!” one of our children yelled. We ran into the family room to investigate what was happening. As soon as I realized the cause, I froze. Fleas! Nope, no way, this was too much. Everything in me wanted to run for the hills, escape the horror we were living in, and… Continue reading There is no Pit so Deep That He is Not Deeper Still

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The Story isn’t Finished

This is a personal one for me. One I don't share much of, but I know many are quietly suffering in this way, so here it goes - Most of my fifteen years of motherhood have been spent sitting outside or inside my precious child's room, trying to protect him by keeping him (and I)… Continue reading The Story isn’t Finished

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If God Really Loved Me, He Would…

Why are we surprised when trials come? Why do we quickly question God’s goodness, love, and control when we experience the pain of this world? For me, I think it’s because there is a pervasive belief that subtly infiltrates my thought life. One that, deep down, still believes God would keep me from harm and… Continue reading If God Really Loved Me, He Would…

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Lord, Help my Unbelief

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of… Continue reading Lord, Help my Unbelief

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Sitting in Her Pain – Resting in His Grace

“We have a follow up appt to talk to the doctor about next steps for you,” I said to my daughter. Suddenly, she erupted into tears. “I thought if I took these meds like the doc said, then I’d be better and finally get to feel normal like all my other friends,” she cried! My… Continue reading Sitting in Her Pain – Resting in His Grace

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Together Through the Storms – Focus on the Family Interview

Jeff and I are excited to share our Focus on the Family interview that aired today. We wish we could’ve had the time to share more, but we hope you’ll take a listen and pick up a copy of the book if you or someone you know are walking through trials and trying to stay… Continue reading Together Through the Storms – Focus on the Family Interview

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Comfort in the Cross

"Where are you, LordWhen the darkness swallowsWhen your silence deafensIn a multitude of sorrows? Where is your comfortWhen pain aboundsWhen companions fleeAnd loneliness resounds? Where is your justiceWhen the innocent are huntedWhen the wicked prosperAnd their evil is flaunted? Where is your compassionWhen a heart can bear no moreWhen weariness overwhelmsAnd it's too much to… Continue reading Comfort in the Cross

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Sustained in the Fire – A Miracle of God’s Grace

“I’m thankful God that has sustained me, but sometimes I don’t want to just be sustained, I want to be delivered," I confessed to my husband. It’s difficult to admit such thoughts because as a Christian, I know that God is working in my trials and I do believe he has a purpose. But there… Continue reading Sustained in the Fire – A Miracle of God’s Grace