When pain almost strangles us, and darkness is our closest friend, what should we do? Discover how lament can bring beauty out of bitterness.
Posts by Vaneetha Risner
Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, Walking Through Fire, and Desperate for Hope (a Bible study). You can find her writing at Desiring God and Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina with her husband, Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. For more encouragement from Vaneetha, watch her Diamonds 2019 conference presentation, Choosing Joy in Suffering.
When I feel desperate, I forget that my greatest need is not different circumstances. My greatest need is God himself. He alone can give me peace in the storm, hope in his word.
The source of our joy is the LORD, the Trinity in its fullness: God the Father is the maker of heaven and earth. He created all the beautiful, wonderful things we enjoy. Jesus (God the Son) is our redeemer and friend, our intercessor, and our Savior. God the Holy Spirit dwells in us, comforting us, guiding us...
I was torn about what to do. I begged God to take away this desire and he didn’t. So, I cried out to him to meet me amid this unfulfilled longing.