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7 Truths to Remember in Troubled Times

Concerned about economic, political, racial, and moral instability in our culture? Disheartened by struggles in your personal life? Here’s what to focus on when the ground shakes beneath your feet.

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Marriage Always Turns Out Different Than Expected

My wife’s suffering taught us that marriage can bind our hearts together in an unconditional love that our human emotions could never manufacture on their own.

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Face Your Blitzes With Confidence

When you face hardships, it helps to know the truth about God’s peace and sovereignty.

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The Impossible Response

One of the most extraordinary phrases in the Bible to me is found in the opening chapter of the book of James.  “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you…

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We Know That Life Is Short

by Andy Bray Editor’s note: Andy Bray is director of FamilyLife in New Zealand, and has experienced a number of triumphs and tragedies in his life. In his book, Treasures in…

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When Life Doesnt Seem Fair

I may never buy another Hershey’s chocolate candy bar for my grandkids to split—no, not the solid milk chocolate with the squares, but the one with almonds. There is absolutely…

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When Life Gets Tough(er)

We had just weathered seven years of storms. We lost Joe’s dad to cancer and Cindi’s brother to suicide. Then Cindi’s mother died suddenly, followed by her dad’s death just five days…

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When Your Spouse Is a Survivor of Sexual Abuse

by Nicole Braddock Bromley Have you ever been talking with a friend whose breath smells so bad that it makes you hold your own breath? Have you ever wanted to tell…

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Where Is Your Trust?

October 2008 Are any of you a little weary of bad news right now?  For the last month, and especially during the past few weeks, negative news about our economy…

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Surviving Tragedy: A Couple’s Story of Hope

After the fire, Gary and Rachele Lightsey wondered how they could go on.

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Is It Okay to Divorce a Spouse With Alzheimer’s?

A marriage marked by unshakeable commitment is a beautiful picture of Christ’s relationship with the church.

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How Firm Is Your Foundation?

You may not understand why God allows you to experience sorrow or hardship, but you can cling to the truth of His Word.

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A Fiery Trial on 9/11

After Brian Birdwell was injured in the attack on the Pentagon, he faced a long road to recovery, with the help of his wife, Mel.

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After a Failed Pregnancy: Our Road to Better Days

Emotional and spiritual recovery involved several key spiritual decisions.

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Angels Dressed in Black

How many times has God used catastrophes in our lives to redirect us from a path of self-destruction?

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Coping With Your Husbands Job Loss

Seven ways a wife can show her support.

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Distance Runners

Whatever circumstance in your life you are facing that requires perseverance, find the will to keep going.

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Feeling His Tears

I realized that by lying in bed, sick and unable to accomplish anything, I was actually achieving what I wanted most.

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One Man’s Walk Through Tragedy

Four lessons we can learn from the life of Job.

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Praising God in the Midst of Misery

The advice that initially angered me eventually turned my woe to worship.

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Surprised by Miscarriage The Helplessness Hurt and Healing

The loss of our first baby taught my husband and me some powerful spiritual lessons.

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Staying Strong in the Midst of Suffering

Suffering has certainly not been a stranger to the Rainey family.

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Starting Over

Diana Green felt like she had a new husband after Floyd suffered a brain injury.

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How God Uses Suffering for His Glory

Five reasons we must face affliction.

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A Year-Long Season of Suffering

Barbara and I learned that without a plan and the inner resources to move through problems, a marriage will flounder.

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How can I keep my family strong in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

Trials, problems, and even calamities are a normal part of life.

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Weathering the Storm of Job Loss

I was sitting at my desk on a Thursday afternoon typing some notes for my manager when I saw my cell phone flashing, indicating that I had a voice mail….

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The Amazing Story of John and Donna Bishop

In 1995, a man woke up in a hospital bed in Arkansas and had no idea who he was.  In fact, he didn’t know anything. He didn’t know that his…

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