Tag Archives: pain

Sometimes, our suffering can be redeemed and made useful, our torn heart suddenly opened into a passageway for receiving and returning love.

Sometimes the hard things in life bring nothing but ruin. Sometimes burnout leads to depression. Sometimes injustice leads to violence. Sometimes brokenness leads to self-hatred. Sometimes doubt leads to a loss of faith. Sometimes death removes all hope. There are hard things and there are harder things. The good news (although it may not sound […]

Pain is the Beginning. And Time is a Necessity.

Big fat truth in that captured photo. Pain is the beginning. And time is a necessity. Ugh. I want this over now!!!! Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that lasts forever. They will survive through the hard times; even in famine they will have more […]

From a Calloused Broken Heart

Two years ago the longest 22 days of my life came to an end. At least that is how it felt. It all began with our grown son canceling a breakfast with my husband and then us receiving a phone call the next morning from a detective looking for him. Our beloved son—whom we could […]

Yellow!

As Charlie Peacock sang, “Yellow Is A Happy Color.” Be Brave has had a lot of “heavy” blogs lately. We have been lamenting together. Pain is real. No one is exempt from pain. I identify with the pain you are walking through. Pain is your beginning. I am hoping you are choosing to let bravery […]

At Times We Do Get More Than We Can Handle

Pain is your beginning. Not your end. Even though it feels like it is your end. Even though it must be your end because this is more than you can handle. If you have been a Christian for longer than a month, then I’m sure you have heard someone say, “God won’t give you more […]

To the One Who Can’t Get Out of Bed This Morning…

Good morning. I know…the morning doesn’t feel good. You feel too much actually. You certainly feel too much dread. So much dread that you don’t believe you have the strength to get out of bed. Just doing that is too much. You feel the responsibilities you have to do today. Those responsibilities just add to […]

Please remember to recognize the darkness and be a light.

It is brave decision upon brave decision upon brave decision. Even the little ones when those decisions make you feel anxious and nervous and you would rather shut down in front of Netflix. It is in those brave decisions that you become light. Light to you and a light to others.         […]

My Proclamation of Faith (When My Life Does Not Make Sense)

This is not my statement of faith which I believe as an ordained minister. This is what I proclaim when my life no longer makes sense. This is what I have learned from being at the door of the Father’s heart. I learned this back in the early 1980s and it has sustained me through […]

The Lament for Grief

Grief is unique. Unlike emotions that don’t necessarily take you anywhere and can also keep you stuck, grief is a forward motion. It hurts like hell and that is where it starts to move you forward to denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Pain is your beginning. Grief means I am getting ready for what […]