Desiring God Posts, Suffering with hope

God Has a Purpose for My Lyme Disease -Three Promises for Any

As my seven-year-old daughter curled up on the couch with stomach pain, she looked up at me with sadness and confusion in her eyes and said, “Mommy, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I kind of wish you hadn’t had us when you were sick — then you wouldn’t have given us all… Continue reading God Has a Purpose for My Lyme Disease -Three Promises for Any

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Why Trials Aren’t the Only Cause of Our Suffering

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 Suffering

Fighting the Good Fight, Gospel living, Suffering with hope, Treasures Found in the Trials of Life, Unlocking The Bible

Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

Disoriented. Numb. Somber. There are few words to describe where my heart has been lately. I feel inadequate to describe all the reasons why or how I have gotten to this place. But even if was able, the circumstances aren’t the point. The point is that even as Christians, we can face feelings of despair.… Continue reading Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

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

Hope When It Hurts, Marriage, Suffering with hope

Hope When It Hurts In Your Marriage

My husband (Jeff) and I are excited to share that, after many months of prayer, we signed a contract with The Good Book Company in August and have begun writing a follow up book to Hope When It Hurts - written for married couples navigating trials of any kind. This is not a “how to”… Continue reading Hope When It Hurts In Your Marriage

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When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What You’ve Lost

[Update - this is reposted from two years ago, as the reminders are helpful to me again. While, by God's kindness, we have an income once again, I now find myself unable to walk this Christmas due to an increasing ankle defect. These lessons often need to be re-learned, whatever the specific trials may be.]… Continue reading When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What You’ve Lost

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Grief is Not a Sign of Unbelief

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return.’ The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’” Job 1:20-22 When loss comes, grief… Continue reading Grief is Not a Sign of Unbelief