Why Does God Allow Suffering

Why Does God Allow Suffering

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?Have you wondered what God is doing in your difficult circumstances? Why God allows suffering into our lives? It’s natural to ask why and to want to see some benefit from our suffering, because it makes us feel better if we can see good...
Learning to Be Thankful for My Thorn

Learning to Be Thankful for My Thorn

Thorns hurt!  We have several rose bushes in our backyard and when I accidentally brush my hand or arm against one, OUCH! is the first word out of my mouth. Sometimes the wound is deep and the pain is so sharp that it brings tears to my eyes. Thorns are a lot like the...
My Bipolar Daughter

My Bipolar Daughter

After eighteen years of loving her, of nurturing her since I picked her up in my arms as a nearly six-year-old in that dingy, Russian orphanage outside of St. Petersburg, I couldn’t believe yet another diagnosis would be added to her multiple others.My dear Anna,...
Hope for When Mental Illness Comes Home

Hope for When Mental Illness Comes Home

During a high school youth group meeting, we did an activity that involved saying nice things about the other people in our small group. I was shocked when one of the other girls said, “Amy, you just seem like you have it all together.” I didn’t know what to say, and...
Praise in Spite of Suffering

Praise in Spite of Suffering

Last Resort Two years ago I agreed … actually sought out … to have a surgery that I had always considered as a “last resort.” However, my health had reached a point where it now sounded like a dream. Since my second spine surgery in 1995, I had lived with severe...

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