Suffering with hope

Strains of the Season: Expectations

Last December, emotions were at an all-time high. Our family had endured a long and painful season with one of our children and, deep down, I hoped (and expected) that Christmas would offer a much-needed dose of joy.  It turns out, God’s plans and my expectations were sailing in opposite directions.   To my great disappointment,… Continue reading Strains of the Season: Expectations

Gospel living, Suffering with hope, Treasures Found in the Trials of Life

Do We Expect More Than God Promises?

We sat in amazement, shocked by the unexpected blessing that the Lord provided for our family right before Christmas. A few years ago, after going into a Christmas season with the hard reality of no income and the heavy weight of trials on our family, we had accepted the fact that this Christmas would contain… Continue reading Do We Expect More Than God Promises?