Suffering

Problem of pain

Problem of pain

It feels heartless to justify suffering, to try to find a reason behind the “whys” of life when the subjects of abuse and injustice are often the most vulnerable of all. In January, while living in Poland, I visited former concentration camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau....
​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

Slowly, my freedoms have begun to fall away, one by one. I can no longer exercise, drive, be alone with my children, eat, walk or even get out of bed unassisted. In the last six years, I have encountered numerous challenges: entered into recovery from an eating...
Been hurt? (when stuff happens)

Been hurt? (when stuff happens)

Being a human means you are going to be hurt. Getting hurt is an inescapable and disagreeable part of what it means to be a human being. Humanity = hurt. It’s a package deal. When it happens—whether through a betrayal, a negligence, harsh words, a loss, a...
The road I would have never asked to walk

The road I would have never asked to walk

I know that many go through life with similar expectations: house, kids, and success. Our standards of success may be different from non-Christians, but we still believe that God has good things for our future. We want to raise our kids with the knowledge of good and...
Forever ALIVE in him

Forever ALIVE in him

In November 2014, Crystal Blake became incredibly ill. Doctors became concerned about how her liver was functioning. She was afraid she would have to cancel her April 2015 trip to Nashville, Tenn., where she was scheduled to speak at a women’s conference. But...
Health battle turns into blessing

Health battle turns into blessing

We’ve all known some level of suffering throughout our lives. Whether disease, war, loneliness, abuse, unemployment, or loss of a loved one, suffering affects us all. It’s how we react that sets us apart from others, especially for those who follow Jesus. Following is...
Motorcycle accident results in surrendered suffering

Motorcycle accident results in surrendered suffering

We’ve all known some level of suffering throughout our lives. Whether disease, war, loneliness, abuse, unemployment, or loss of a loved one, suffering affects us all. It’s how we react that sets us apart from others, especially for those who follow Jesus. Following is...