A Safe Place for Sad People

October 2, 2016

“May I be bold enough to say that a church that only knows how to pray for suffering to be removed and knows nothing of praying for it to be redeemed is not a safe church for sad people.”

Nancy Guthrie, 6 Ways to Make Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People, April 2011

A Blessed Occasion

April 18, 2016

“Receive every inward and outward trouble, every disappointment, every darkness and desolation with both your hands, as a blessed occasion of dying to self, and entering into a fuller fellowship with your Savior. Look at no inward or outward trouble in any other way; reject every other thought about it; and then every kind of trial and distress will become the blessed day of your prosperity.”

– William Law (1686-1761)


April 11, 2016

“Afflictions are often the dark settings God uses to mount the jewels of His children’s gifts, causing them to shine even brighter.”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

An Eternal Glory

March 15, 2016

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:17

A Song for the Suffering

March 8, 2016

This beautiful song by Shane and Shane features a sermon excerpt by John Piper. I’m moved to tears every time I listen.

“Though you slay me
Yet I will praise you
Though you take from me
I will bless your name
Though you ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the one who’s all I need”


Thy Will Be Done

January 17, 2015

“For my heart’s desire unto thine is bent;
I aspire to a full consent.”

– George Herbert (1593-1633)


January 11, 2015

“I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

– Psalm 52:8-9

Crowded to Christ

March 9, 2013

“All this trouble has crowded me to Christ. It’s simply mud around the gold.”

– Margie Hamilton, Joni & Friends Radio Program, “Crowded to Christ”

Faith + Hope = Trust

January 31, 2013

“Faith arises from the personal experience of Jesus as Lord.  Hope is reliance on the promise of Jesus, accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment.  Trust is the winsome wedding of faith and hope.”

– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God, 2002

Tune Our Hearts

July 1, 2012

“God of our life,
there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down,
when the road seems dreary and endless,
the skies gray and threatening,
when our lives have no music in them,
and our hearts are lonely,
and our souls have lost courage.
Flood the path with light,
turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise,
tune our hearts to brave music,
give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age,
and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life,
to your honor and glory, we pray.  Amen.”

-St. Augustine (354-430)