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Tag Archives: suffering
“If you believe in Jesus and you rest in Him, then suffering will relate to your character like fire relates to gold. Do you want to know who you are – your strengths and weaknesses? Do you want to be … Continue reading
“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” (Tim Keller) Remember His words to you, dear Christian. Words … Continue reading
Spring snuck up on us this year. Winter never seemed to arrive, and now, plants and trees and vines that need pruning are suddenly sprouting with early growth. Most years at pruning time, I get lost in thoughts about the … Continue reading
When we face news that leaves us speechless with confusion and grief, and we realize we’re being led into a new path of intense suffering, what can we know to be true? Elisabeth Elliot used to tell a story that … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about friends who suffer from chronic pain and the harmful half-truths they often hear from well-meaning, but unbiblical teaching — teaching that’s just-enough-off to be ruinous. Teaching that’s anathema to God and heaps pain on those already … Continue reading
Words Joni Eareckson Tada writes about wheelchairs and attitudes are ones I’m still trying to fully grasp and genuinely apply to my own life. I keep thinking through her explanation of the unexpected (and often wrongly interpreted) twist of Jesus’ … Continue reading
Pithy, precise, profound — those are the kinds of quotes God often uses to quicken and soften our hearts. A wise, couple-sentence summation of God’s truth often stills my anxious heart, or alerts me to lies I’m believing in the … Continue reading
In those early days, when our family was still reeling from our entry into the unknown world of childhood cancer (you can read more about those days here), my recurring prayer was that God would not allow us to dishonor … Continue reading
Why these inward trials, Lord? Why not instantly subdue my sin with the mighty wave of Your hand? Why not deal softly with my treasured designs for a safe and secure life? Why not allow your child even a bit … Continue reading
Truth to remember when your day unfolds as one of mundaneness, for the mundane often trains for the day of unexpected calamity: “If God does not reign over the mundane events in our lives, He does not reign at all.” … Continue reading
This summer, our oldest daughter led our family through a systematic cleaning out and reorganizing of every drawer and file and nook and cranny of our home. At her urging, we poured through years of accumulated memorabilia. We culled and … Continue reading
Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading
Living before medicine would have cured or medicated her symptoms, Martha Snell Nicholson was bed-ridden with intense pain for decades. In the midst of her pain, and because of it, she wrote one of the more meaningful poems I’ve read … Continue reading
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5) When have you found your soul in turmoil? When have your cries sounded like those of the psalmist? Maybe you’re there even now … Continue reading