Do you wonder how it is possible to be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing as the Bible exhorts us?
I have never thought this could happen to me, but it is fact–I am struggling with disillusionment in faith.
Is your heart hungry for hope? I have good news for you, friend: there are three great Biblical reasons to have hope. When we recall and meditate on these profound truths, our hearts get oxygen to breathe again and cultivate a joyful expectation.
Friend, if life has plunged you in darkness right now, I want to encourage you and share with you three spiritual disciplines to grow in a season of pain. Seasons of intense suffering, pain, and sorrow provide the perfect soil for the growth of our faith, endurance, character, and hope.
Friend, if you are currently in a season of grief and pain, perhaps you find it challenging to praise God with emotional integrity. How can you come to God and worship Him when your heart is broken and overwhelmed by intense emotions like sorrow, anger, disappointment, fear, and anxiety?
Do you feel overwhelmed by this enormous mountain in front of you? Then it is the right time to hear God’s encouragement for successful work.
This Christmas is so much different – a Christmas upside down. I watch the dazzling lights of the Christmas tree and the smiling faces of my friends. A happy family gathered around the tree, laughing and spreading good vibes.
When life gets hard, it is easy to forget that we are only passing through this world. There are moments the pain seems unbearable, the losses too big to live with, and the discouragement too weighing too heavy on our hearts. We long for safety and peace, often wrongly assuming predictability and comfort are equal to happiness and fulfilled life.
Friend, do you find it difficult to trust God and stand firm in faith? When our lives don’t develop as we hoped for, when our prayers go unanswered, when a tragedy strikes, then it is especially challenging to continue putting our faith in God. But at the same time, it is crucial to choose to trust Him so we can stand, persevere, and move forward.
“But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all you do.” (Psalm 73:28 CSB)