Category Archives: Joy

The Power of Giving Thanks

It’s easy to give thanks when things are going well. But to thank God for his provision when life feels like it’s crumbling can be life-changing …

The Scars That Have Shaped Me

I never thought of myself as a writer. I was an artist. I created beauty with my hands. But when that was taken away, I discovered that God had replaced my graphic art with something far better.

The Lens of Thanksgiving

The first thanksgiving was an act of faith. The Pilgrims’ thanks was not based on pleasant circumstances but rather believing that God should be thanked in prosperity and adversity.

The Gift of Sustaining Grace

No one complained about the parting of the Red Sea. Everyone loves delivering grace. But we aren’t satisfied with sustaining grace. Yet that is the grace that tethers us to God.

When the Pain Never Ends…

George Matheson, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Joni Eareckson Tada have all shown me that trials, gifts wrapped in black, can be the greatest gifts God gives us.

Can Heaven Outweigh our Suffering?

When I remember that God’s blood-bought promise for those who trust in the Gospel is that they will live happily ever after in heaven, my perspective changes.

Sunshine after the Rain

I married an amazing man two weeks ago who is teaching me to dance in the sunshine. While I love this phase of life, I know that learning to dance in the rain is an equally precious blessing…

Celebrating Joni’s 65th birthday- A Radiant Life in a Dark World

Joni demonstrates what God can do in a life yielded to Him as she points to a magnificent God who is beyond compare, who can elicit genuine praise in the midst of deep suffering

I’d Rather Take Care of it Myself…

I don’t like being dependent on others to meet my needs. I’d rather do it myself. And yet this forced reliance on God has proven to be an incalculable blessing.

Begging God

I have begged God so many times for deliverance and was denied. But I found that it was in the denial of those very things that I had begged for, that brought me closest to Him.

Where is God in the Dark?

Our lowest emotional points bring our most significant growth, our greatest dependence on God and our platform for ministry. It is in these low points that God does His deepest work in us…

Finding Joy in the midst of Suffering

I am convinced that our capacity for God, and for true joy, is carved out of our suffering. It is out of that chasm, that emptiness, that God alone can fill us. With Himself. With His joy…

A Word for the New Year

Every January, I select a word to symbolize the new year. I consider both where I am lacking and where God is stretching me. This year I chose a word that reflects what I want to become…