Suffering with hope

Want to Read an Advanced Copy?

Hi Friends! As much as I am so excitement to share what God has put on my heart to share with the hurting through this book, the promotional aspect is never my favorite. If I could just snap my fingers and people would know the resource exists, that would be amazing, but as far as… Continue reading Want to Read an Advanced Copy?

Suffering with hope

Three Pitfalls When Life is Hard

We were in crisis.  The life-altering challenges of our child’s special needs were nothing new, but we’d reached a new level of desperation. We felt suffocated by the very air we breathed. Our prayers had grown weary, our hearts felt numb, and if there was ever a time we stood on the brink of despair—this… Continue reading Three Pitfalls When Life is Hard

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Seek God’s Face Before You Seek His Hand

Recently, we were discussing at Bible Study what it means to seek God‘s face, as it says in Psalm 27:8: “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” As I listened, what struck me most was the importance of distinguishing between seeking God’s hand and seeking his… Continue reading Seek God’s Face Before You Seek His Hand

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Do Our Tears Truly Matter?

Tears and Tossings: Hope in the Waves of Life When suffering strikes (Sample Chapter - Chapter 1) I stirred uncomfortably in my seat, struggling to accept the reality that this chair had my name on it for a reason. I sat there quietly and listened as the group went around sharing their personal journey of sorrow,… Continue reading Do Our Tears Truly Matter?

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Peace in Acceptance

Peace and joy begin with acceptance.  It’s a phrase that God has often brought to mind during the past decade of near constant trials in our family. Between a daily battle with chronic illness, a debilitating injury, suffering children, financial woes, and the strain of caring for a loved one with mental illness, God’s been… Continue reading Peace in Acceptance

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When a Good God Seems Far From Good

Have you ever stood before a spiritual fork in the road? One where you know the "godly answer" to your painful circumstances, but there seems to be an impenetrable wall that stands between your head and your heart? It's the tension between knowing something to be true but struggling to believe it when the evidence… Continue reading When a Good God Seems Far From Good

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When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What’s Been Lost

I have always loved the Christmas season and the many traditions that surround it. It’s a time of year that has always brought a familiar joy and excitement as we set up the tree, decorate the house, search for the perfect gifts, and spend time with family. This year, however, Christmas just isn’t the same.… Continue reading When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What’s Been Lost

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The Paradox of Pain and Promise

"Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God's goodness." - Mark Vroegop I'm so thankful for the book of Job because it acknowledges some of the most complex and honest struggles we face in seasons of deep suffering and often mirrors the questions… Continue reading The Paradox of Pain and Promise

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Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

I gave birth to my son with two anchors drawn on my feet.  As my pregnant belly grew, so did my fear. This was my fourth baby, so I’d already read all the books and websites. I knew the practical realities of preparing to deliver a baby. I packed a bag. I made a birth… Continue reading Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

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Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

The walls felt like they were closing in around me. The air in the room grew heavy, and each breath I took stole every last ounce of my energy. With puffy eyes, a weary body, and an aching heart, I was desperate for an escape. Escape from a broken world, escape from a broken body,… Continue reading Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places