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Trusting God in the Face of Unanswered Prayer

Trusting God in the Face of Unanswered Prayer

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. —  Matthew 26:39 “Stop trying to figure God out.” That’s the counsel I got from one of my daughters as she listened to me verbally wringing my hands. God hadn’t answered another one

“Grief is a response to a loss in our lives that feels irreplaceable.” How has grief entered your life? And, how have you seen God building beauty from ashes?

Grace in Grief

  I landed in Denver with a heart full of anticipation. After two years of waiting and raising money, Blake and I were ready for the next step in our journey to a baby. We were about to spend a full day at the world-renowned Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine for more testing before our

Matthew 5:4

The Dance of Grief and Gratitude

  Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. — Psalm 10:4 NIV Deep in the heart of November, I received two e-mails from women who were each fighting fierce battles, one losing her husband to ALS, the other losing her husband to an addiction

Wondering Why

My God… why? — Jesus Hospital orderlies, dressed in green, had taken Sammy down to the operating room. We’d said our goodbyes and now, somewhere in Southampton General Hospital, a surgeon was preparing to conduct his third operation of the day. There was nothing more I could do. Sammy’s life was in the hands of

A Bottle of Your Tears

When I opened the gift from my friend, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. The small glass bottle was a beautiful cobalt blue, about two inches tall, covered in sliver filigree. I thought it might be a perfume bottle, albeit a very small one, but her note explained that it was actually a tear

Joy: Those Who Sow in Tears Shall Reap with Shouts of Joy!

A Bottle of Your Tears When I opened the gift from my friend, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. The small glass bottle was a beautiful cobalt blue, about two inches tall, covered in sliver filigree. I thought it might be a perfume bottle, albeit a very small one, but her note explained that

Suffering: Seek Out and Embrace a More Nourishing Story

One way the brain processes upset is through telling itself stories from different angles until it settles on a narrative that fits and helps you move forward. One way you can help yourself heal is to examine the stories you tell yourself. If these looping stories are bringing up more anger, resentment, worry, or sorrow

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