When we are in the middle of struggles in life, it is hard to see any purpose in it. From my own experience a few years ago, when I felt trapped in a very traumatic situation with no evident end in sight, it all felt pointless. Day after day, as the trauma continued, it was […]
Read More Comfort From Affliction
I feel the light begin to wane Darkness knocks at my door An old acquaintance Wanting to pay me a visit . The last time you were here You crushed all my joy Took away any laughter Pulled the shades on the light . Tears well up inside of me Hopelessness seeps in My body […]
Read More When Darkness Stalks Our Joy
Our suffering teaches us to reach beyond ourselves and rely on God. It helps us to learn perseverance that deepens our faith in Christ Jesus. The suffering we endure also provides hope to those currently suffering.
Read More Shared Suffering, Shared Joy
There have been times in my life, when I have struggled with trials, trauma and grief. In the depths of those struggles, I have often felt misunderstood and alone. At those times I needed someone to listen and empathize with me. Someone to walk with me through the trial and not judge me. Job faces […]
Read More Empathy for the Struggling
It just didn’t seem right to have to put up with it. Her medical condition affected so much of her life. She spent all she had on doctors, seeking a cure — even just some relief, but none was found. Now after twelve years it seemed hopeless. Except…there was that man she heard about. Some […]
Read More An Encounter Driven by Suffering
I had just watched my mom’s casket lowered into the ground when I noticed a young couple about one hundred yards away. They were standing with their children next to a small headstone. I recognized the couple, so as family and friends dispersed from my mom’s graveside, I walked over and stood with them. It […]
Read More Sorrow Knows No Bounds
Thorns under our skin can come in all sorts of things that cause us constant pain. It could be people who berate you; the tragic loss of a loved one; or chronic illness.
Read More #2 Humbled by Pain
It is hard to see the good when bad things happen. I have often turned to God in the middle of something tragic and asked Him, “Why?” I know God is always at work, but often I don’t understand the purpose of trials. Paul reminds us in Phillipians 1:12-14 that our struggles and trials can […]
Read More Seeing Good in Trials
“Had she really been healed by just touching him?” I wondered. “Could I also be healed by just touching him?” I tried to get closer to Jesus and Jairus, but some people pushed past me and stopped in front of Jairus.
Read More #WednesdayWalk — Healing Touch
This morning I am deeply saddened as I think of a family who lost a child in a tragic accident last week. Inconsolable grief is all I can think. I do not understand dear God the purpose behind such pain. I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve […]
Read More Prayer Journey — Inconsolable Grief