Do you wonder how it is possible to be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing as the Bible exhorts us?
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.
I don’t know what harsh reality you are facing today. Maybe it’s the loss of a job, the illness of a loved one, the disillusionment from shattered dreams, or struggling with depression.
Friend, do you wonder if it is possible to have joy in a season of suffering? What kind of joy this could be and how can we cultivate such unconditional joy?
We all struggle with accepting our lot in life. Sometimes we feel that our share of pain, disappointments, and setbacks is just too much to endure.
We all want to know the secret of how to remain hopeful under great pressure. Life is tossing us, pressing us on every side, and sometimes the pressure gets so intense that we despair for our lives or the life of a loved one.
How can we cultivate joy in life’s discouraging seasons? Discouraging seasons take all shapes and forms: stress on the home-front or job-front, relationship struggles, health scares, global pandemics, grief, and so much more. Learn how to cultivate joy with these powerful tips by my writer friend Stacey Pardoe.
With this unprecedented pandemic, we need more than ever the art of disciplining our minds in difficult times. Thoughts have consequences. They affect our mental and emotional health. Not only our current thoughts but also our belief systems play a crucial role in our well-being and stability. When the crisis hit, it exposes and challenges our beliefs. Is our house built on sand or on a Rock?
What is the role of struggle and suffering in human life? How often do we pray that God saves us from a particular struggle and suffering only to find out that we go exactly through this what we want to avoid? The doctor tells you bad news about your chances to have a child. Your father’s health is deteriorating. You lost a loved one unexpectedly.
Have you wondered why did you need to endure such pain? Take heart, God has given you much more than just freedom from captivity. Our pain and suffering are not in vain. They are powerful ingredients to transform us into vessels prepared to serve and useful to God.