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Category Archives: trials

The Only Way to Deal with Your Pain and Mistakes

By Johnny Baker I’m going to be honest, this is the hard part. Lots of people say recovery is hard, and usually this is the part they are referring to. Dealing with the past is hard. It isn’t a lot of fun, and if it’s your first time, it can feel pointless. But it is […]

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“Pain Is One of Those Things I Don’t Like Much”

By Lisa Gungor Editor’s Note: This post, taken from Lisa Gungor’s new book The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen, touches on the moments after she, her family, and her close friends discover that her newborn daughter Lucie (Lucette) has Down syndrome. Lisa wrote a song about Lucie titled “Light,” which is what Lucette means. Click […]

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Small Steps Out of the Darkness

By Hannah Brencher Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —Psalm 23:4 I wish I could tell you there is this one sudden moment when God swoops in like a superhero and makes all the pain […]

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How to Find the Strength to Move Forward After a Crisis

By Tom Holladay Finding the strength to start is the first step in putting it together again. That strength begins with our reaction to the problem we’re facing. Our greatest problem is not our problem; it is how we react to that problem. One of the keys to rebuilding is the way we look at […]

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The Path Through Disappointment and Disillusionment to Renewed Hope

By Christine Caine God had placed the desire to be married inside Amanda at a young age, and she had the expectation she would be. So, year after year, she had trusted God. Yet, year after year, she remained single. Eventually, it became hard to reconcile her desires with God’s timing. Ultimately, that was the […]

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

by Touré Roberts My father was a strict disciplinarian, and I dreaded weekend visits with him, sometimes to the point of tears. He was hard on me, and I was afraid of him. It was in stark contrast to the love, nurture, and affirmation I experienced with my mom. I lived in fear of making […]

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Do I Have a Right to Die?

By Joni Eareckson Tada No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . . . Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~JOHN […]

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Grieving as the World Rejoices

By Kristen Kill The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV) I’d stopped driving once we arrived in Manhattan, but I often imagined what it was like to be a cab driver behind the wheel among so much honking and chaos. When I was a […]

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Confidence in Difficulty: Mercy to Carry My Cross

By Julia Attaway “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” —Luke 9:23 (NIV) Our daughter Maggie was being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It wasn’t a surprise. Her mood hadn’t budged past “I’d rather not be alive” for months, and now she was flying […]

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The Night the Devil Visited My Duplex

By Carlos Whittaker When I was 21, I was in one of the darkest seasons of my life. I was in my fifth year at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and I was a mess. I was a lost soul looking for any sort of validation. But I wasn’t necessarily looking to fix myself. I […]

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