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Topic: When Life's Hard


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Five Ways to Glorify God While You Wait

Posted on 17-Oct-14 14:43 by Christina Fox | Twitter: @toshowthemjesus
Topics: When Life's Hard

Are you in a place of waiting? Is the cry of your heart, "How long, O Lord?" Here are five tips for what to do while you wait on the Lord.

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He Will Hold Me Fast: A Cancer Journey (Part 2)

Posted on 16-Oct-14 10:13 by Connie Dever
Topics: When Life's Hard

In trials and storms, He will hold us fast. Read Part 2 of Connie Dever's testimony about her battle with cancer.

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He Will Hold Me Fast: A Cancer Journey (Part 1)

Posted on 07-Oct-14 10:00 by Connie Dever
Topics: When Life's Hard

Has you world been rocked by serious trials? It isn't always easy to have steadfast faith when it feels like there's turbulence in your soul. But God can do something great through the storm.

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What I've Learned Through My Husband's Persecution

Posted on 21-Aug-14 15:13 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: When Life's Hard

I reached the ultimate low when I found myself a single mom with a husband in prison being tortured for his Christian faith.

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God Turned My Mess into a Message

Posted on 21-Aug-14 13:26 by Maryann Loveing
Topics: When Life's Hard

I was looking for love in all the wrong places. I never could have imagined where this trek would take me.

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The Race Even Non-Runners Can Win

Posted on 12-Aug-14 11:53 by Christel Humfrey | Twitter: @ChristelHumfrey
Topics: When Life's Hard

The Christian life is a race like no other. Do you need an energy boost to keep on running?

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Don't Waste Your Infertility

Posted on 31-Jul-14 11:34 by Courtney Reissig | Twitter: @CourtneyReissig
Topics: When Life's Hard

Infertility is a painful and lonely road, but it doesn't have to be wasted.

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Barely Standing in Places of Pain

Posted on 28-Jul-14 16:06 by Kim Jaggers | Twitter: @Kim_Jaggers
Topics: When Life's Hard

I sometimes have to drive very near the place where he killed himself. Seventeen years have passed. Life has moved on, and I have had many happy days . . . but something about this place transport every emotion back to that gut-wrenching time.

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Life Is Not About Our Rights

Posted on 24-Jul-14 11:56 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: When Life's Hard

We have many blessings because of our identity with Christ, but let's not miss the main point: Our spiritual blessings are given to us so we will point back to the Lord with unending praise.

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Trusting God When Life Doesn't Make Sense

Posted on 10-Jul-14 10:02 by Susanna Rose | Twitter: @SusannaRose82
Topics: When Life's Hard

When circumstances don't seem to make sense, it is easy to desire swift answers.

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Nehemiah: And I Care Because . . .?

Posted on 26-Jun-14 11:21 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, When Life's Hard

I admit it. When I saw the theme of this year's Gospel Coalition Women's Conference, I wasn't overly enthused.Nehemiah? And I care because . . .? (Okay, I didn't consciously think that, but I might as well have!)

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Nobody Understands What I'm Going Through

Posted on 18-Jun-14 13:49 by Sheila Gosney
Topics: When Life's Hard

Do you struggle, feeling like people will never understand your situation? Does the pain feel like more than you can bear sometimes?

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Overcoming Fear with Truth

Posted on 12-Jun-14 15:06 by Leslie Ludy | Twitter: @LeslieLudy
Topics: When Life's Hard

Are you plagued by fearful thoughts? By learning how to dwell on truth instead of lies, you can overcome worry and walk in peace.

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When We (kind of) Believe in Karma

Posted on 22-May-14 12:23 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

On good days you will hear me talk about how I know this was filtered through the fingers of a loving God. I'll talk about prayer and faith and peace. I mean those things. I really do. I'm not just blowing smoke or trying to talk myself into something. But there are bad days.

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How to Find Peace in the Midst of Regrets

Posted on 28-Apr-14 16:42 by Staci Eastin
Topics: When Life's Hard

It started with a phone call. I sat down on my bed, prepared for a typical midday chat with my husband. I couldn't have been more wrong.

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Six Ways Parenting a Difficult Child Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Posted on 08-May-14 16:53 by Jennifer Case Cortez | Twitter: @jencortez73
Topics: Marriage, When Life's Hard, With Your Kids

Parenting can challenge the best of marriages, but parenting a child with special needs can push two people to their limits. It would be easy for this difficulty to tear our marriage apart, but God has used it to knit our hearts together instead.

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What to Do in Those "I Can't Handle It!" Moments

Posted on 23-Apr-14 14:05 by Leslie Ludy | Twitter: @LeslieLudy
Topics: When Life's Hard

How do you respond when you experience unexpected stress? Whenever we face those "I can't handle it!" moments, looking to the right source for strength can turn everything around.

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Fight Jealousy with Three Gospel Truths

Posted on 23-Apr-14 11:15 by Lindsey Carlson | Twitter: @WorshipRejoices
Topics: When Life's Hard

Are you ever jealous over your friend's fit figure, her life, or her ability to turn every Pinterest project into reality? The Bible tells us jealousy makes the bones rot. What's a girl to do?

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Wilderness Murmuring and Heavenly Beds

Posted on 17-Apr-14 15:09 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: When Life's Hard

I'm not the tent-pitching camper type. My idea of camping is a good bit of exercise outside by day and settling into a heavenly bed at the Hampton Inn by night. So, I can only imagine how the Israelites felt wandering around in the wilderness for forty years. >

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News That's Better Than "You Don't Have Cancer!"

Posted on 15-Apr-14 12:53 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: When Life's Hard

If the news about my biopsy had been different, if it had been cancer, if it had been a life-threatening report . . . would I have reacted differently?

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The Greatest Ministry Flows from Brokenness

Posted on 04-Apr-14 14:25 by Colleen Chao
Topics: When Life's Hard

At age 37 I'm finally beginning to understand that my greatest ministries have not come out of my greatest strengths, gifts, or wisdom. Instead, they've come out of my greatest weaknesses: the things that humble me to my core, seem foolish to the world, are easily misunderstood by others, and push me past my limits.

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When You're Tired of Coming Up Short

Posted on 04-Apr-14 13:55 by Hannah Lannigan
Topics: When Life's Hard

Do you ever feel like you're continuously coming up short? Dishes in the sink. Mountains of laundry growing by the day. Bathrooms that need to be cleaned . . . again. DIY Pinterest projects aren't turning out perfectly. Should have said this. Should have done that. Recently, I had one of those days.

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Easter Is for Grieving Moms, Too

Posted on 02-Apr-14 13:37 by Courtney Reissig | Twitter: @CourtneyReissig
Topics: When Life's Hard

The hope of the resurrection gives hope to grieving moms. The same power that raised Christ from the dead will one day raise our babies.

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Four Ways to Live Within Your Limitations

Posted on 17-Feb-14 17:31 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

The past couple months I’ve been learning how to acknowledge and live within my limitations. After all, God alone is infinite; I am not. Here are four truths I’ve been remembering and implementing in everyday life. I hope they help you as much as they’ve been helping me.

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How Grief Became My Friend

Posted on 11-Dec-13 12:22 by Sheila Gosney
Topics: When Life's Hard

We tend to dread grief as as though nothing good could come of it. But as I've cared for my autistic son, grief has become a friend who causes me to remember eternity.

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When Gratitude Isn't So Warm and Fuzzy

Posted on 26-Nov-13 16:43 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

We tend to romanticize that first Thanksgiving. We imagine happy Pilgrims sitting over steaming plates of food and kindly asking their Indian guests to "please pass the potatoes." It's all so quaint--but our retellings of history have a way of puffing up the happy stuff and glossing over grim realities.

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When God's Will Is Hard

Posted on 20-Nov-13 16:35 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard

What words do you use with God after the "do not resuscitate" papers have been signed? How do you pray for your friend as you hold her hand and she strokes his in that sterile room as God changes her title from wife to widow? How do you pray when you thought there would be so many more years together?

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My Husband Was Supposed to Die

Posted on 25-Oct-13 14:27 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: When Life's Hard

My name is Ami Atkins, and I am a thirty-year-old barren widow. My husband was a passionate follower of Christ. He lived with reckless abandon for God and the gospel. Jon adored me, but he adored Jesus more.

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When Fear Is Pressing in on Your Heart

Posted on 27-Sep-13 13:13 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: When Life's Hard

Are you afraid of something right now? Is the future unknown? Is life dark? Is fear pressing in on your heart? There is hope.

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Feel Like An Imposter?

Posted on 21-Sep-13 18:48 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: When Life's Hard

Do you feel like an ugly, broken, sinful mess covered by the thin veneer of togetherness?

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Is Your Life a Mess? Are You Willing to Admit It?

Posted on 21-Sep-13 12:54 by Lindsey Wagstaffe | Twitter: @Lindzelia
Topics: When Life's Hard

I love how God's goodness is robust enough to handle the full, undiminished reality of suffering.

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The Four Oxygen Tanks in the Corner

Posted on 13-Sep-13 16:52 by Margaret Nyman
Topics: When Life's Hard

Jack barked with vigor that day, not wanting any harm to cross our threshold. But of course Van's Medical Supply had only come to help. I shushed Jack and nudged him aside, allowing the oxygen tanks to roll in--one, two, three, four.

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When You Want to Run Far, Far Away

Posted on 11-Sep-13 15:12 by Lindsay Swartz | Twitter: @LindsSwartz
Topics: When Life's Hard

Are you facing something hard in your life? Do you just want to run far, far away from it? Today's post will encourage you with the truth that hard is hard, but hard isn't bad.

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Haters Hate and Liars Lose: Knowing Your Real Enemies

Posted on 05-Sep-13 16:27 by
Topics: When Life's Hard

Confession: I LOVE CHOCOLATE. Specifically, Dove Chocolates. But the last time I indulged in my confectionary treat, I was alarmingly taken aback by the messages Dove was sending me. Most of the time, the messages are fun, frolic-filled, frivolous quips on the necessities of bubble baths and massages. "Indulge," they would tell me. "Daydream," they would say. But this day, this chocolate was especially disturbing to me.

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Pushed Past the Playground

Posted on 23-Aug-13 16:49 by Catherine Parks | Twitter: @cathparks
Topics: When Life's Hard

They said I couldn't have more children, and I cried out in anguish. Then God used a walk with my daughter to show His deep love for me, even when He pushed me past the playground.

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Paddleboarding Across Lake Michigan: A Piece of Cake Compared to This . . .

Posted on 12-Aug-13 16:44 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: When Life's Hard

Ginny and Karen Melby had no idea when they undertook their paddleboarding trip across Lake Michigan last month to raise money for orphans in Uganda that God was preparing them for something much harder just around the corner.

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When Your Vacation Bubble Pops

Posted on 09-Aug-13 15:59 by Erin Straza | Twitter: @ErinStraza
Topics: When Life's Hard

Erin shares how God used a bad day to expose faulty expectations that vacations should be a trouble-free taste of heaven-on-earth.

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In the Wreckage, Only One Thing

Posted on 08-Aug-13 16:51 by Elisha Galotti | Twitter: @ElishaGalotti
Topics: When Life's Hard

For most of us, the sin in our lives is less dramatic than the murder and adultery committed by King David. But we feel the ruin of our sin all the same.

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"God Only Gives Special Needs Children to Special People" (Or Does He?)

Posted on 24-Jul-13 15:53 by Sheila Gosney
Topics: When Life's Hard

"God only gives special needs children to special people." You may have heard that before—or said it yourself. Sixteen years ago, our son Taylor was diagnosed with a severe form of autism. Kind, godly people would approach me or my husband, giving us hugs and committing to pray. Often in conversation we were reminded that we must be special for God to give us such a responsibility. I didn't know how to respond, because I didn't feel special at all.

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A Fleshy Assessment: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted on 24-Jul-13 15:30 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

As I write these words, I am nine months pregnant. Those of you who have been there know that is a very "fleshy" season of life. That's true in a very literal sense (I'm talking to you, extra large maternity pants!), but I've also found it to be true in a spiritual sense.

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Fear: It's Real, And What to Do About It

Posted on 23-Jul-13 13:32 by Carrie Ward | Twitter: @AnEverydayMama
Topics: When Life's Hard

As I was driving home, my mind drifted. In no time flat I was in an internal panic, thinking about what would happen to my children if my husband and I both died at the same time. Then, I let my mind go further (too far), and I imagined we all died except my youngest daughter. Would our friends gather around her? Would our family get there quickly enough to calm her fears? I was almost in tears, gripped by fear.

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How to Counter Fear: Courage-Infusing Truths from Psalm 56

Posted on 23-Jul-13 10:45 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: When Life's Hard

It’s almost like Paul is saying, “Look, it’s a no-brainer. Weigh what you’re fearful of, in comparison to God’s commitment to you, and ask yourself how the two compare! Face the angry crowd, the empty bank balance, the prodigal child, the lonely nights with this knowledge. Remind yourself Who you belong to and Who is committed to be on your side. The fearful circumstances may bottom out one side of the scale, but if you could place God on the other side . . . the scale would explode!

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When Your Friend Is Paralyzed with Fear

Posted on 08-Jul-13 08:44 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: When Life's Hard

When your friend is facing circumstances that totally paralyze her with fear and she's drowning in a sea of terror, how can you send out a lifeboat of hope and rescue? Here are a few ideas

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Lessons from "The Devastation"

Posted on 03-Jul-13 12:57 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

Would you describe this season of life as The Devastation? Do you sometimes feel like you may not make it across without dropping dead? Consider the lessons Jesus teaches from the wilderness and take hope.

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Christianity? A Threat?

Posted on 14-Jun-13 14:43 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Impacting your world, When Life's Hard

Hostility against Christianity proves Christianity's threat to the kingdom of darkness. Persecution confirms God's reality. I mean, think about it for a minute . . . Does it even make sense that world powers, rulers, dictators, and religions would see Christianity as some kind of threat?

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The Secret, Silent Bleeding of a Working Mother's Heart

Posted on 07-Jun-13 13:50 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard, Workfront

After being married for nineteen years, I had to go back to work. I was torn because I couldn't give 100 percent to both callings, and both our home and my career suffered to some extent. I experienced what many of you working mothers have agonized over—the secret, silent bleeding of a working mother's heart, with all the accompanying guilt and exhaustion and divided loyalties.

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Struggling for Satisfaction in Suffering

Posted on 06-Jun-13 15:44 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: When Life's Hard

One night while in the trenches of a lengthy battle with Lyme disease, I sat at home perusing Facebook in an attempt to feel somewhat connected with the world.

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Six Steps for When Your Emotions Spiral Out of Control

Posted on 24-May-13 12:23 by Darla Wilkinson | Twitter: @DarlaWilkinson
Topics: When Life's Hard

In the privacy of the bathroom stall, Jane burst into tears. She wept and wept, wondering why her emotions were so strong. She couldn't help but feel something was deeply wrong. Something beyond her power or ability to fix.

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Sexual Abuse: Trusting God with My Past Hurts

Posted on 24-May-13 10:06 by Dawn Wilson | Twitter: @HeartChoices
Topics: Sexuality, When Life's Hard

"You need to learn to trust men again." When she said this just moments after I admitted I had been sexually abused as a child by a man I trusted, I got mad . . . really mad! She didn't understand the depth of my fear, disgust, anger, and helplessness. She didn't even acknowledge my emotional scars.

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Are You Afraid of Bad News?

Posted on 24-May-13 09:41 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

When I see a voicemail on my phone, fear often grips me. I guess I've received one of those "I'm sorry to have to tell you this but . . . phone calls that have turned my world upside down one too many times.

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Crisis and Tragedy

Posted on 21-May-13 19:43 by Randy Alcorn | Twitter: @RandyAlcorn
Topics: When Life's Hard

If you spell God with a capital G you will always spell tragedy with a lowercase t    

 

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An Unwelcome Friend

Posted on 15-May-13 11:36 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: When Life's Hard

You may be enduring a winter of suffering with no hope for spring. But no matter how you entered this season of adversity, you did not enter it alone and you do not walk it without purpose. You may see adversity as your greatest enemy, but I’m throwing out a different perspective . . .

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When "That's Not Fair" Is the Mantra of Your Soul

Posted on 07-May-13 15:50 by Erin Straza | Twitter: @ErinStraza
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Life isn't fair. Sin has broken this world and everyone in it. Things are a mess. Fair is no longer an option. Grace, however, is still on the table. And grace trumps fair every time.

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Hope from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Posted on 03-May-13 16:01 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard

What little Isaiah Daniel Ortlund can teach us about our forever home . . .

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When You're Feeling Overwhelmed

Posted on 01-May-13 13:46 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Try Jehoshaphat's approach: "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."

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The Power of Perspective

Posted on 29-Apr-13 09:39 by Randy Alcorn | Twitter: @RandyAlcorn
Topics: When Life's Hard

Stress can't stand in the face of a right perspective.

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Dare to Forgive

Posted on 26-Apr-13 12:04 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: When Life's Hard

Christians are supposed to forgive . . . aren't they?

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Your Faith . . . How Genuine Is It?

Posted on 25-Apr-13 11:47 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard

There's only one way to find out . . . 

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When Your Husband's Heart Is Hard

Posted on 23-Apr-13 15:12 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: When Life's Hard

Ten truths to encourage your heart from Joy McClain, a woman who's been there.

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Will You Blossom Again?

Posted on 18-Apr-13 12:07 by Margaret Nyman
Topics: When Life's Hard

Margaret shares an important lesson she learned from a damaged daylily.

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The Deadening Dailyness of Details

Posted on 15-Apr-13 16:14 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

Why do you do what you do?

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Five Possible Reasons You Remain Defeated

Posted on 05-Apr-13 17:10 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: When Life's Hard

Will you stop blaming your past failures and turn a new page on future victories?

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The Deeper Healing

Posted on 21-Mar-13 13:32 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

No question about it, Joni Eareckson Tada at her best.

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Caroline Swithinbank's Surprising Twist

Posted on 21-Mar-13 09:13 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Singleness, When Life's Hard

No matter your particular circumstances, be prepared for God to surprise you, too!

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Disastrous Decisions Christians Make

Posted on 01-Mar-13 17:40 by Lina Abujamra | Twitter: @LinaMay
Topics: When Life's Hard

You're at a crossroads. Which path will you take?

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Diagnosed with Breast Cancer: Life After Shock

Posted on 18-Oct-12 15:16 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: When Life's Hard

Breast cancer survivor Joni Eareckson Tada walks with you through the struggles and qeustions that naturally arise when diagnosed with breast cancer.

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"Unexpected Joy" (Meet the Daily Family)

Posted on 26-Mar-12 16:42 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

Through this precious, twelve-minute movie, you can not only peek inside the Daily's home; you can get to know Paul, Becky, and their five boys. While they're all pretty incredible, one in particular stands out. Titus.

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Pathway to Freedom

Posted on 06-Feb-12 16:36 by Debra Fehsenfeld
Topics: When Life's Hard

I have come to believe that the basic pattern for change is the same no matter what the habit or addiction: dependence on God, trusting Him for help one day at a time, purposing to avoid the "triggers," adding health-promoting routines, and becoming saturated with the truth of God.

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Planner or Free Spirit?

Posted on 12-Jan-12 16:11 by Staci Eastin
Topics: When Life's Hard

I am one of the non-planners of the world. I convinced myself I was a free spirit--an artiste. I couldn't box my creative self in by something as mundane as plans. I smugly told myself that I didn't need to make plans, because I had faith.

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I Spy Something Lovely

Posted on 29-Aug-11 16:14 by Jennifer Rothschild
Topics: When Life's Hard

I sat in front of a little girl and her daddy on one of my recent flights. We had been sitting on the tarmac for forty-five minutes when the captain's voiced pierced our collective silence with these words . . .

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What to Do When the Compliments Don't Come

Posted on 13-Jun-11 14:43 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

I don’t hear a lot of “Excellent job with that diaper changing technique, mom,” or “I love the way you scraped the dried milk out of my sippy cups,” or “I really liked your voice inflection the fifth time you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to me today.”

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Trust and Obey

Posted on 24-May-11 14:33 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

That is the year I came to believe at the core of my being that every event in our lives is being orchestrated by a wise, loving, and good God who really can be trusted. 

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The Surrendered Life

Posted on 20-Apr-11 09:14 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

I'm sure my scream took the phone from her ear. I'd asked for a boy. They'd long wanted a boy and thought their child birthing years were past. A boy. A good gift from the faithful Father. But that wasn't her only news. Pre-cancerous cells on her back.

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Unfulfilled Longings . . .

Posted on 30-Mar-11 14:25 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Singleness, When Life's Hard, Womanhood

Our society has bought into the philosophy that there is (or ought to be) a remedy (preferably quick and easy) for every unfulfilled longing.

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When World News Gets Scary . . .

Posted on 21-Mar-11 10:04 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

I know that some of you are feeling anxious too. So, as Christians, how should we respond when the world news is bleak?

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Japan: After Empathy and Aid, People Want Answers

Posted on 17-Mar-11 20:11 by Nancy Leigh DeMoss | Twitter: @NancyDeMoss
Topics: Impacting your world, When Life's Hard

When love has wept and worked, it must have something to say about God. It doesn’t need to have all the answers. Only God does. But it has the Bible, and the Bible is not silent on this matter.

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Too Embarrassed to Ask for Prayer?

Posted on 02-Mar-11 11:20 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationships with Others, When Life's Hard

I wanted to pray but I couldn’t get words past the lump in my throat. I feared for the well-being of my man, I had to care for my two small children, and I was anxious about meeting my deadline.

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Angie's Goodbye Letter to Her Daughter

Posted on 12-Jan-11 19:56 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: When Life's Hard

"I cannot see to write these words because my eyes overflow with the tears of a mother who has been asked to give her daughter away." 

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Losing a Daughter: “From My Arms to His Arms”

Posted on 12-Jan-11 14:09 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

Angie wasn’t pregnant with Audrey for very long before she knew something wasn’t right.

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Reflections on Haiti . . . One Year Later

Posted on 11-Jan-11 11:25 by a Guest Blogger
Topics: Impacting your world, When Life's Hard

Why do I need a tragedy to open my eyes to the pain and suffering that surrounds me?

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Battling Discouragement and Depression with . . .

Posted on 04-Jan-11 15:18 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Does Scripture memory sound like “just another thing to do” on an already overwhelming to-do list? What if you learned it was one of the greatest weapons with which to battle discouragement and depression in your life? Would that pique your interest a bit more? 

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The God of the Unexpected

Posted on 16-Dec-10 11:51 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

Elizabeth’s cold barrenness and years of humiliation melted like snow under warming sun as she praised God’s unexpected work in her life.

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God, What Are You Doing?

Posted on 02-Dec-10 11:22 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Singleness, When Life's Hard

What might God be up to in your tough circumstance?

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True Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife

Posted on 22-Nov-10 14:28 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: Relationships with Others, When Life's Hard

I’ve been married to a youth pastor for more than ten years. I know all about unrealistic expectations, excess criticism, and the identity crisis that being a family in ministry can cause.

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Disabled but growing stronger

Posted on 18-Nov-10 12:26 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

“My disability might not change, but because it has remained, it’s become the source—the place—in which God has changed me.”

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How Awesome is This Place!

Posted on 17-Nov-10 12:10 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

We often sense the Lord’s presence in places of serenity and security. But what happens when the scenery changes—when the serene and secure become tumultuous waves of uncertainty, doubt, or fear? When the bills can’t be paid, or the consequences of sin run deep, or your hopes and dreams for the future have been shattered?

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Afraid of More Pain

Posted on 11-Nov-10 15:19 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

Have you ever crossed your arms, dug in your heels, and determined, “No more! I’ve been hurt enough, and I will NOT allow it to happen ever again.”

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My Mom’s Courage-Infusing Words

Posted on 01-Nov-10 14:15 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Impacting your world, When Life's Hard

I started noticing that the incredibly encouraging emails my mom regularly sent me were full of Scripture. They weren’t just hopeful sentiments from a mom, but actual promises from God that gave me something sturdy to cling to.

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Alcoholism, Divorce, and the Power of Forgiveness

Posted on 27-Oct-10 14:31 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: Marriage, When Life's Hard

When Lorna’s husband began drinking heavily, she decided that the answer to her problems was divorcing him. But through an “only God!” encounter, Lorna realized that divorce wasn’t the answer; God was.

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Holly Elliff’s Life . . . Eight Kids Later

Posted on 20-Oct-10 15:10 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard, With Your Kids

If you’d asked 20-year-old Holly Elliff what she was going to do with her life, her answer would’ve been quite different than the way her life actually turned out.

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It’s Impossible to Be a True Woman!

Posted on 19-Oct-10 08:53 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: When Life's Hard

“I can’t take this anymore!” How many times has your frustration level risen to the point that you truly believed you couldn’t handle one more thing?

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Turning the Corner on Worry Prayers

Posted on 06-Oct-10 09:48 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

When we take our eyes off all we are not seeing God do, and begin thanking Him and proclaiming His goodness for all we haveseen Him do–our perspective transforms from worry . . . to praise and gratitude!

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The Thorn of Depression . . . and Grace

Posted on 30-Sep-10 15:25 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

In this video, Jennifer talks about a darkness we all struggle with—depression. She calls it normal, encourages us not to mask it, and tells us about our God who offers us the grace we need in the darkness.

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“It was only a thing.”

Posted on 20-Sep-10 15:06 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard

It was then that I noticed something was missing. For years I had seen Mother wear a striking jewel-studded ring on her right hand . . .

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Financial Brooding

Posted on 14-Sep-10 14:22 by Jani Ortlund | Twitter: @JaniOrtlund
Topics: When Life's Hard

Worry eats at us. It mires our hearts in apprehension and fear. It saps our strength and drains our peace. And that worry tempts us to believe the myth that an uncertain financial future is an unbearable state of affairs.

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A Resolve to Commit

Posted on 09-Sep-10 17:58 by Liz Lockwood
Topics: Marriage, When Life's Hard

A lack of commitment is normal in our society. It's like it’s even expected. Think of how often you hear “no commitment necessary.” Whether it’s a gym membership or an email subscription service, I know that I usually want to know what the terms are for getting out of what I have just signed up for! 

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Asking Why

Posted on 31-Aug-10 17:33 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

Is there something painful in your life right now that you don’t think you deserve? Something that’s causing you to cry, “Why, God?”

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A Most Unusual Gift

Posted on 16-Aug-10 09:43 by Carrie Gaul
Topics: Relationship with God, When Life's Hard

One of the most unusual gifts I ever received was an overflowing bowl of cooked-to-perfection chicken feet from my Zambian friends. Gifts certainly come in all shapes and sizes! Philippians 1:29 describes another unusual gift.

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Leaves of Promise

Posted on 07-Jul-10 15:09 by Kimberly Wagner | Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7
Topics: Relationship with God, Relationships with Others, When Life's Hard

Last summer I faced one of those painful seasons when a loved one fell to temptation at great personal cost.

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Joni’s Tenacious Trust

Posted on 06-Jul-10 09:32 by Paula Hendricks | Twitter: @PaulaWrites678
Topics: When Life's Hard

You may or may not have heard that Joni Eareckson Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, was diagnosed with breast cancer last month . . .

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The Spiritual Side of Sleep

Posted on 05-Mar-10 07:23 by Erin Davis | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Topics: When Life's Hard

When we face difficult circumstances, when we feel like the whole world is against us, or when we've lost the desire to go on, sometimes the most spiritual thing we can do is get some sleep.

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