Desiring God Posts, Suffering with hope

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… Continue reading Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Gospel living, Treasures Found in the Trials of Life

What Does It Really Mean to Be Blessed?

I often hear statements such as, "I am so blessed to have three healthy children!" or "I received the promotion that I've been waiting for...I feel so blessed!" or "We just bought the home of our dreams. We are incredibly blessed!" or "We are blessed to live in a country of such comfort, freedom, and… Continue reading What Does It Really Mean to Be Blessed?

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

Lyme Disease, Suffering with hope

God’s Grace in the Face of Lyme

By Hayley Mullins at Revive Our Hearts Today is Lyme Awareness Day. If your friend circle looks anything like mine, you may have noticed more and more people are being affected by Lyme Disease. It’s a condition that causes whole body symptoms that look different for each person. Often, it can cause life to slow… Continue reading God’s Grace in the Face of Lyme

Hope When It Hurts, Suffering with hope

Hope When It Hurts

Hope When It Hurts Biblical reflections to help you grasp God's purpose in your suffering I had not finished reading the introduction to this book before I was making a mental list of friends that I knew would find it a balm to their weary hearts. Kristen and Sarah minister to fellow travelers on the… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts

Suffering with hope

Why Trials Aren’t the Only Cause of Our Pain

A few weeks before last Easter, something snapped in me and let me assure you, it wasn't pretty. I walked out of my son's room after a long, exhausting struggle with him, scared by the anger and impatience that his special needs had suddenly provoked in me. It's impossible to explain all that brought me… Continue reading Why Trials Aren’t the Only Cause of Our Pain

Suffering with hope, Unlocking The Bible

When God Doesn’t Seem Good

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (Nahum 1:7) A few years ago, we were anxiously awaiting our upcoming vacation to Florida. Even more than in years past, I was desperate to get away and catch my breath from all the hardships and stresses that… Continue reading When God Doesn’t Seem Good