Nine Warning Labels of Pain

Have you ever been walking through your house (or galloping, if you’re a mom on a mission) and slammed your little toe into a piece of furniture? What happens in that moment? The pain stops you, overwhelms you, and causes you to completely change your actions....

Walls around your heart

Why is it that pain overrides joy? Days, months, and years of “good” can be wiped out by one moment of “bad,” and affect us for a long time. Such was *nearly* the case one afternoon, back when I was still a daycare mama. By far, my favorite...

Finding purpose in the pain

The weary man rested his forehead against the cold rock, allowing his burning muscles a moment’s rest. “Lord, this is an utter waste of time. I want to obey, but I really don’t see the point in trying any longer.” Several months previously, he...

Picking up the pieces at New Years

  All of us would agree that God is able put the broken pieces of our lives back together. But what if there are no pieces left? What if you’re left with shards too small to ever, ever piece back together? What if your life has been devastated by fires of...

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