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Souls, Sufferers, and Sinners

On any given day, problems and challenges surround us. Politically and morally, we’re seeing some of those challenges rise to the surface in an acute way, between the LGBTQ movements, abortion debates, injustices, etc. And even in our daily life, we're all trying to navigate a specific struggle with sin, a wayward child, a suffering… Continue reading Souls, Sufferers, and Sinners

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Evil Won’t Have the Last Word

If I didn’t believe God was sovereign and good, I would be paralyzed in fear to live in a world that seems darker by the day. If the magnitude of grief, tragedy, evil, and violence makes our stomachs churn and hearts shatter, I can’t imagine how it must grieve and break the heart of our… Continue reading Evil Won’t Have the Last Word

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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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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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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

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Lord, Hear the Cry of Your People

~Lord, Hear the Cry of Your People~ "Oh Lord, our hearts are heavy As sorrows abound and sufferings grow We long for a better country Where the rivers of joy unceasingly flow. Yet we live in a growing tension In the now and not yet we endure With a flesh that longs for comfort And… Continue reading Lord, Hear the Cry of Your People

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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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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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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

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Each Day Is More Impossible – Hope on the Long Road of Suffering

It had been eight weeks since I went in for my fifth ankle surgery, uncertain of whether it would restore my ability to walk. As I remained couch bound, waiting to see what walking ability I would be left with, I wrestled with doubts and fears over all the seemingly impossible circumstances that God continued… Continue reading Each Day Is More Impossible – Hope on the Long Road of Suffering