Suffering with hope

When God’s Promises Look Different Than Our Expectations

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 When God’s Promises Look Different Than Our Expectations

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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

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The Burden Makes Me Weary

My heart has been incredibly weary lately. I have struggled to find words that adequately express the tumultuous emotions within my spirit. Daily, I need to fight the impulse to turn inward and disconnect from those around me, as I teeter between pressing on or succumbing to the crushing weight of heartache, pain, and fear.… Continue reading The Burden Makes Me Weary

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Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives

Several years ago, while my family was making a quick trip to a department store, one of our children started losing control. Our little boy began to struggle with a verbal and aggressive outburst as his little mind seemed to turn into someone else. This was nothing new for us, as we had been seeking help… Continue reading Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives

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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 and frailty… Continue reading Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Suffering with hope

Send a Box of Hope!

When someone we love is hurting, sometimes it's a struggle to find the right words to say and the best way to help. We want to help, but when the needs are large, the grief is heavy, or we're far away, we can feel helpless to know how to offer comfort to those we love.… Continue reading Send a Box of Hope!

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When All Seems Hopeless

It’s been 8 weeks since I went in for my fifth ankle surgery, uncertain of whether it would restore my ability to walk. As I remain couchbound, waiting to see what walking ability I will be left with, I’ve been wrestling with doubts and fears over all the seemingly impossible circumstances that God continues to… Continue reading When All Seems Hopeless