Suffering with hope

The Comfort of Christ

I sat quietly, listening as each family went around and shared stories about their lives. Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, paralysis, behavioral disorders and undiagnosed but devastating symptoms. Each family had a story — a heartbreaking, but beautiful, story. I tried to give my full attention to each speaker, since this was our first… Continue reading The Comfort of Christ

Desiring God Posts, Suffering with hope

Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Loves

I can’t live like this anymore!” I cried through sobs. “I just want to die!” I sat on my bed and tried to make sense of what was going on inside. I was tired of the chronic pain, the frequent bouts of illness, and the weariness of dealing with my kids’ struggles. But what broke… Continue reading Trapped in My Own Mind – Three Lies Depression Loves

Suffering with hope

When Words of Comfort Feel More Like Salt in a Wound

We sat in the doctor’s office, exhausted by the constant struggles with our son, only to hear the doctor say, “I think you just need to give him more to do.” I don’t know if he could actually see the steam coming out of my ears and the tears building up, but I couldn’t believe… Continue reading When Words of Comfort Feel More Like Salt in a Wound

Suffering with hope

Faith Through The Storm

It had been over an hour. I stood there, holding the door shut to my son's room while he raged on the other side from a yet to be diagnosed disorder, which has dominated our lives for years. My sometimes sweet, funny, determined little 7 year old is now experiencing a battle waging inside of him.… Continue reading Faith Through The Storm

Suffering with hope

Hope When It Hurts Panel on Suffering and the Hope of the Gospel

Update - If you missed the panel, you can watch the video of it https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthegoodbookcompanynorthamerica%2Fvideos%2F2129066863979511%2F&show_text=1&width=560">here. Will you be at The Gospel Coalition Women's Conference in Indianapolis or know someone who will? It's only one week away and we hope you’ll join us for our panel with these incredible women to talk about the hope we have… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts Panel on Suffering and the Hope of the Gospel

Desiring God Posts, Marriage

Married to Weakness – Loving Our Spouse Through Suffering

“Lord, I pray you will do a physical miracle in my wife, but if you choose not to, then work a spiritual miracle in me so that I can love her well until the end.” These were the words of Dr. Robertson McQuilkin, shortly after receiving his wife’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. His response pierced my heart… Continue reading Married to Weakness – Loving Our Spouse Through Suffering

Desiring God Posts, Parenting, Suffering with hope

Weak Moms, Strong God

Mother’s Day can be painful. I often look at my children and feel crushed by the weight of responsibility to raise them with the obstacles we face. Living with Lyme Disease makes motherhood physically painful, and having passed Lyme on to my four children is emotionally painful. Our circumstances often feel overwhelming and impossible to… Continue reading Weak Moms, Strong God