Posts Tagged ‘trials’

Welcome to the Wilderness!

On a roller coaster, blindfolded. Feel that way lately? Me too. It’s what author John Bevere would call a “wilderness season.” Feeling lost, confused lately by the events of the world, wondering where God is, and how we are supposed to respond. Exhausted. The wilderness is exhausting! As part of an initiative I’m calling, “Summer Reading For Grown Ups,” I’m reading Bevere’s, “God, Where are You?” and inviting you along on this journey. It may… … Continue reading

Country Legend, Jo Dee Messina, Shares How Her Faith is Getting Her Through Cancer

Joy here and my friendship with Jo Dee Messina started unexpectedly. There was a voicemail on my office phone one day from a mom who said her kids simply wanted to come by and tour the station because they love the shows and music so much. We set up a time a month later because she was battling cancer and needed to come after her major surgery. Half way through the interview she starts to… … Continue reading

Making Diamonds: 3 Important Truths for When You Feel Crushed by Life

Hawk Nelson plays a song called, “Diamonds.” It packs more punch against the hard seasons of life than you might realize. Here are 3 super important truths to remember when the pressure is on and life gets tough: 1. Pressure produces strength. “[The song] talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make it into something stronger and more beautiful.” That’s what Jon Steingard, lead singer of Hawk Nelson… … Continue reading

Does God Really Have a Plan for My Struggles?

We were sitting through another doctors appointment, waiting for another test, another answer, and yet we were still in the same place. Well meaning, she said: “God has a plan for your life” I smiled…and cringed a little too. Have you heard that phrase a million times before? Have you heard it when you are in the middle of a battle that seems endless and you feel like saying, “STOP IT!” “God has a plan… … Continue reading

Does God Really Have a Plan for My Struggles?

We were sitting through another doctors appointment, waiting for another test, another answer, and yet we were still in the same place. Well meaning, she said: “God has a plan for your life” I smiled…and cringed a little too. Have you heard that phrase a million times before? Have you heard it when you are in the middle of a battle that seems endless and you feel like saying, “STOP IT!” “God has a plan… … Continue reading

#TheStruggleisReal

Ever wonder why you have to struggle? Why God doesn’t just take away the things in our lives that make us fall flat on our faces? Like that pride issue that creeps into every argument making you always have to be right, regardless of who you may hurt… Or that online addiction that has creeped into your marriage taking your eyes and desires away from the one you gave your heart to… Or that vanity… … Continue reading