Contributing Writer

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author

Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of the book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering, and an upcoming memoir entitled: Walking Through Fire. You can find her writing at Desiring God and her personal blog, Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina and is married to Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. 

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If I Only Knew Why

 Misdiagnosed I contracted polio long after it was supposedly eradicated. The doctor misdiagnosed my symptoms because she had never seen polio before. And the wrong diagnosis led to widespread paralysis. With a childhood spent largely in hospitals, marked by painful surgeries. Over thirty years...

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Accepting God’s invitation takes faith.

Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone?

As I read the words from my old journal, I vividly recall my emotions. Shame, humiliation, doubt. The entry is dated April 16, 1983. I was in my second semester of college. Faith, Healing and Faith Healing   Though we arrived early, the room was packed. The only seats left were in the...

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Why Doesn't God Heal Everyone?

Dependence

 Self-Sufficiency and Independence Self-sufficiency and independence are part of the American way.   Most of us have embraced these ideals. They allow us to provide for ourselves with little uncertainty and little inconvenience. We’re all prone to viewing our Maker as a good back-up plan....

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Dependence
The Scars that have Shaped Me

The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce. Vaneetha begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.

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