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Job 1:20-21

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,

“I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”

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Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most beloved songwriters. But he has gone through more suffering than you may realize. He shares his story and what he calls “the best medicine” for seasons of suffering in today’s video.

 

“What I found to be… the most important way to respond to suffering, the reason I’m sitting here in this chair still talking as a person of faith and probably still breathing… is because worship is the response to suffering that has kept me and my family moving forward… We all know the song “Blessed Be Your Name.” 

“You give and you take away” comes from Job. I think Job taught me more about suffering than anyone in that one phrase. “God, I’m gonna bless your name even though I don’t understand the pain in my life right now… I’m gonna choose to trust you. I’m gonna choose to worship you. That you are God this. I’m gonna drop my anchor in your promises…” It ultimately comes down to, at least it has for me, to just saying, “God, I trust you. I’m gonna worship you as God… when I don’t know what else to do or say…”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Perseverance – Amazingly, through all of his intense suffering, Job worshiped God! The key is that Job continued to trust in the sovereign God, even when there was no explanation for his great suffering. True worship does not depend on our feelings or our physical condition; it is rooted in our faith in a loving God (Rom 8:28).

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Angel
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Amen!

TriniluvPack
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I have not had to endure suffering in a while, at least not in the sense of loss or sickness, but the test and trials I am encountering currently, I know that I can use these great words of wisdom of worship God in the midst of everything. No matter what, worship Him and give him praise and thanksgiving. Amen!!!

Tryp
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God is more interested in one’s character than one’s comfort for one’s comfort will not bring one a strong character a strong character will bring One comfort.

Catherine Waters
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So true! Well said!

Carole Blomgren
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Yes, God is more about building character and He allows discomfort often times to develop character in us……for we are sinners in a fallen world, yet while still sinner’s He came and redeemed us. In our suffering we are given opportunity to testify, just like Job and oh how glorious his story unfolds. Anger towards God will not change anyone’s suffering, only expand it….enter into His rest…..wait upon the Lord.

Loran
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Amen and amen!

SmokyMtLady
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Thank you for this reminder. During down times, it’s too easy to loose sight of this truth. Always praise God, through all things!

Ann Drane
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Thank you all for these words of life and comfort.I have gone thru a 4 year battle with cancer and still in it. Been angry, asked why me, all those things. Thanks for the thoughts. Please pray for me thru this trial/battle. Thanks

Della Sykes
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Prayers lifted for you Ann❤

jeff buck
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Praying for you

dthaner
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Praying for you Ann

Kay33119@aol.com
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Ann, may the power of the Holy spirit be with you, bring comfort & peace to you now! Father wrap Ann up in Your loving arms, bring healing to her soul. In Jesus name, AMEN!
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
God bless you, rest in knowing God is with you!

Alison
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Praying for you !

Unathi
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There is so much to learn in the area of suffering. There was a time when I was going through some persecution. Two people very close to me were behaving toward me in an inappropriate way. I was reading God’s word every day and kept seeing the same theme of loving your enemies, praying for them. And I found many reasons to convince myself I was right to hold them in judgement. But, I felt I had to kind of convince God. I was yelling at Him, “You see how they’re treating me! They SAY they’re Christians, but look what… Read more »
Jennifer Boyd
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This was so powerful! Praying for my “enemies” is so very hard but your words about God working on your heart as he was working on theirs was truly eye opening! Thank you:)

Asher
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Unathi, praying and being Jesus to my enemies is really tough, and I definitely know where you’re coming from! I’ve always been frustrated when people compare and judge me when they only see on the outside, so we should try not to do the same to them. Thank you for sharing! 😊

goodbooks8943
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Thank you for sharing. The Lord knew I needed to read the words you wrote.

Skilgore
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Thank you for sharing Unathi! I needed to read this as well.

Alison
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Amen! Thank you for this !

Denise
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Worship and trust in God

murgy2
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Praise God!

Nhutchinson
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Worship has helped me through so many hard times

Doris Ripczinski
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We Praise YOU in the storm! Thank you Jesus!

Tstone
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Love this message. Praising and trusting in God is the only thing that can bring you through anything you face. We think we can do it on our own and we simply cannot. I feel for the lost. The hopelessness they must feel especially in times of grief. Without Jesus to lean on I would be hopeless. Thank you Lord for your amazing grace and love.

Suzie Godfrey
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Leaving my “Feelings” out of my view of Gods truth is very hard to do. I hope to get to the place where i can view life through the TRUTH instead of my feelings. My feelings are not always where they should be but they are not where they used to be, so there is progress.

MichelleK
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Suzie, I completely relate. I’m a very extreme feeler and actually believe God made me that way as empathy is one of my strengths. However, I REALLY struggle praising God through the storms of life. Just being honest. Definitely need to allow God to work in that area!

Chip
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I am going threw a divorce right now. I have been with my wife for 15 years. I truly thought i was going to grow old with her. For the past 9 months i have seen that the only thing that matters to her is possessions & how much money she will get from the sell of our home. The only thing i care about is that the woman i love & my 18 year old stepdaughter daughter that i called my own will be out of my life for ever in just 60 days. I do not care who… Read more »
Charcarr
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I’ve been a single mom for 14 years now and can remember my ex-husband wanting the material part of life. I was raised in a simple but humble home and I’m raising my kids that way. It is hard watching someone you love become part of the world when God wants us to be set apart from it. Jeremiah 29:11…He sees you, He hears you, and He loves you my friend. You’re in my prayers. God Bless.

Terri
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Chip, Only Jesus can get you through this. Go honestly before Him. Pour out your heart to Him as David did. (Ps 69 and 51) God knows how you feel,but He wants to hear it from you. As you do, He will change your lament to praise. I was married 29 years and am now divorced. I, too,made a covenant till death do us part. I cried out to Him. He showed me Ps 40:1-3. This and several other verses He washed over me are slowly healing my broken heart. Jesus promised us in John 16:33,”you will have trouble, but… Read more »
Chip
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Thank you so much for your kind words Teepee! Way FM has really helped me. They do seem to play the song when i need it. God reached out and gives us support in the ways we best understand him.

xianarchangel
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There are few things in life that cause this ache within us. My Divorce finalized in Feb of this year… 7 years of my life. I wasn’t a saint by any means… I will be the first to admit that I am just a broken vessel in need of the hands of the Potter. I uprooted myself from California and moved everything I owned to Tennessee. Nearly ended up homeless in the process. Ended up ‘separated’ and living over an hour away in a different city. Isolated and alone for the better part of a year and a half I… Read more »
Chip
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Thank you so much for your kind words!I just find it hard to go day to day when for the last 15 years I have focused on taking care of my family & now i am alone.

harlenshack
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Pray for her Chip…pray for her to open her eyes to what really matters. Growing up as a child of a broken marriage I’ve seen first hand how tough that it can be on everyone involved. I will pray for you. And I hope that your stepdaughter sees, and realizes that you are fighting for the best interest of your family.

Chip
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I was also raised by a single mother. I never had a male role model to know how to handle a wife & child. I only knew to provide for them, to tell them i loved them everyday & to things to show them how much i loved them. I thought that was it but having to be in the shadows of her previous marriage where he cheated on her & a father that never laid eyes on his daughter. I always felt that i could do no right. That i was having to pay for his sins.

Jennifer
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If I’m suffering and angry because of it but yet in constant prayer communication with God all day- but my prayers are mainly angry and heartbroken ones because of how sad I am, does it mean I’ve lost my faith or am I still rooted in it regardless of the type of prayer ?

Charcarr
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Somebody told me once that God is a big guy, He can handle anything we can dish out. It’s ok to be angry and heartbroken. He sees you, He hears you…He loves you and is working things out for your good. Keep praying but take the time to listen also. God Bless. You’re in my prayers.

Terri
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It is a process. Continue to pray to Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith. HE wants to hear from you and as you pour out your heart to Him, the Holy Spirit intercedes for you (Rom. 8:26-28). And Jesus hears you and intercedes for you to the Father (Heb 7:25). He loves you! It may not feel like it but He is with you and will get you through this. PS. 40:1-3.

HES
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I have grown to realize that God cares more about where our heart is than our actions or words. I believe this is because if our heart is in the right place our actions and words will align with it. It is easy to do or say things because you feel they are right but if you do not mean it, God knows. It is easy to fool others. It is even easy to fool ourselves. However, we cannot fool God. We cannot fake our way into His presence. While I do not know anything about your circumstances, God knows… Read more »
xianarchangel
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Not all conversations are gentle ones… God knows your heart… at the same time… anger tells us that something is/was inherently wrong. Sometimes its the situation, sometimes its the environment, and sometimes its really just us. To paraphrase Einstein, we cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking we used to create them. We find it easy to blame others for our pain, our feelings, and many other things… but ultimately, at best, we might be able to control ourselves… sometimes… Anger can be normal, but consider what it is that you are actually identifying and why… Read more »
Skilgore
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Jennifer you have not lost your faith! In your comment you said I am in constant prayer communication with God. That shows you are in communication with the one and only God who has vowed never to leave or forsake you no matter what mood we are in! The Lord wants us to walk and talk with him when we are down and when we are up, its a relationship of communication so you are definitely still on the faith track. Say to yourself when you feel angry or in the midst of suffering, “Though All Hell Assail Me, I… Read more »
Kdizne
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Based on my own experience, I believe that God can handle ALL our prayers … even the ones that come out fear, frustrations and those that came from being mad with Him

My experience has also showed me that sharing those prayers with Him is what allows me have an even more genuine and deeper relationship with Him

Stacy
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I have been there and am now Jennifer. I also questioned my faith. God reminded me that he knows our weaknesses and he forgave us for all our short-comings a long time ago at the cross. It is so difficult but God understands our anger and we are just being honest with things He already knows. It is more like confessing to Him that we are hurting and struggling in our faith. He is the ultimate forgiving Father and we grow closer to Him with our honesty.

WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Jennifer, your question is a good one – thank you for asking it! You aren’t the only one who wonders about their faith in the midst of suffering. Job asked a lot of questions and in the end God commended him for his faith. Sometimes the way our faith gets deepened is through times of questioning because of suffering. Praying for you!

Brian
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Amen! Too often we attempt to put God on a shelf and only call upon and worship Him when things or circumstances get rough instead of praising and worshipping Him in all circumstances – Good, Bad, or Indifferent. Paul points it out best when he writes: “Rejoice Always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV).God Bless

pmccoy68
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Thank you for this reminder. I’m so blessed because even in tough times, I know eternal joy is coming.

Aimee Newman 🎹🎤
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Aimee Newman 🎹🎤

This is truly hit home with me.

Charcarr
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I remember getting a hold of a Karen Kingsbury novel for the first time and there was a verse in it that her characters held onto throughout her novels. This verse kept coming at me from all different directions until I read it in context and it became my life verse. Jeremiah 29:11. I keep reminding myself that God has a plan, He sees the big picture. Just have faith…God’s got this.

cfowler
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Amazing testimony

Bernice E. Smith
Member

Awesome hearing from Steven and how he has coped through pain with worship. The Bible does say we are given the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Thank you for reminding us. 😊😊

Brian
Member

Amen! Too often we try to put God on shelf during the Good times and just call upon and worship Him when things are going bad, instead of praying and worshipping Him in all circumstances – Good or Bad. Paul puts it best when he writes “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV).

Cilla
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When unexplained trials and tribulations come into my life, I find comfort in worship. Whether it’s quiet time alone or within in church family, I place all hope in Jesus Christ. He is the only one that will never let me down.

sunruh74
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My wife was reading the passage of Scripture last night about God taking care of the sparrow so we shouldn’t worry. She then said that there are sparrows still die because of hunger. So why shouldn’t we worry. So we are learning to trust a God we don’t understand. And we are learning to praise Him, because we have a lot of unanswered prayers on the table, Him saving us is more than we deserve.

Trish
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Amen

Member

Amen! I suffer from Chronic pain after 17 surgeries and fibro…there is no pain to great to stop me from worshipping and singing to our Lord!

Hannah
Member

Wow, I didn’t know what he had been through. I’m sure it was really hard for him, but now God is using him to encourage people. All glory to God!

Lora Byrnside
Member

I so needed this this morning. The past week I have been repeatedly confronted by a lifelong verbal abuser. I have cried out to God asking why he allows it to continue. This is just what I needed to hear. Not my will but thy will, Lord.

Terri
Member

You are a child of the Living God. The LORD stands as your witness and knows your suffering (Mal.2:14). Seek Christian counsel for your abuse. I know you love him but you can’t fix him. ONLY God can do that and it will be in ways you never would have fathomed. Luke 18:27, Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” These are the initial words God gave me, “Let go and let ME.”
I will be praying for you both.

Susan413
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A few months back I had a request on the prayer wall. My granddad had passed away a few days before my own father was to begin cancer radiation treatments. I was suffering for my mom, my dad, myself, for everyone it seemed. But when I am weakened, I remember Philippians 4:13 ” I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.” He gives me strength, so that I can be strong when others are counting on me. God is our anchor during our storms and can be a great comfort, if we allow Him to be.

vsroberts41
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So thankful he hears my worship even through the tears.

Kay A
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vsroberts41 – And you know, I believe He cherishes the tears as much as the worship. All through the Old Testament, He told the Children of Israel, “Turn to Me. Lean on Me.” over and over. I think that’s why David is so open in the psalms to pour out his heart to God, whatever he is feeling, good or bad, God wants to hear it. He wants to be our Father, in every meaning of the word.

Denise.ml
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Absolutely. I have learned first hand that there comes a time when you realize, in your suffering, that you are not in control, God is always in control and how to place all trust in him. I believe I learned this and finally was able to place all trust in God BECAUSE of the suffering I experienced.

CharityJones
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Wonderful message! God bless you and your family!

Tiffany
Member

It has always bothered me that people say “God will not give you more than you can handle.” I don’t believe that for a second. I believe that God does not intervene because it is in our weakness, in the moments we can’t handle, that we are forced to lean more into God and His grace. I have seen this many times in my life and I’m sure there will be many more.

M.Mouse
Member

Thank You Jesus !!

Mary
Member

Beautifully said!

Faith Barnett
Guest

If we truly Trust God and believe that He is good yesterday, today and tomorrow, then we will know that He works everything for our good. We may not see the big picture during our suffering but if we keep trusting Him and praising Him and counting it all joy through our trials knowing that He is sharpening our faith, trust and dependence on Him we will come out victorious on the other end.

Sara
Member

Keeping in mind that worship is when we RECEIVE God’s blessings and gifts to us, this makes perfect sense, and offers a great deal of comfort. Worship is that healing relationship, even when suffering is intense.

In His Hands
Member

Sometimes my suffering is of my own making, and it has to be my own choice to end it.

Kelssoutherland
Member

I really needed to hear this today. Praising God when it isn’t the easiest option is something to work on daily.

daniellemk
Member

It’s when we can turn our suffering over to praise to God, that I think we truly understand what that spiritual relationship means. And your life is forever changed.

tstephens427
Member

So thankful He is always there! Waiting.Patiently.Loving!

Larry Crenshaw
Member

When I read todays Word On The Way in my email this morning, I really wasn’t sure what to think except I thought it sounded a little crazy. But after hearing S.C.C.’s perspective on it, “I get it”. And know how to apply that to my life. Thank you.

Larry Crenshaw
Member

One other thing is it seems to lift some of the burden of – always feeling like we are supposed to “be in control” of our life. Knowing and understanding that He is ultimately in control. No matter what the circumstances are.

Kelly
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We worship God for who He is and this brings us into alignment with God’s character and purpose. The power of worship erases our distorted view of our circumstances and centers us in the nature of the Almighty! “For His Glory and our good.”

Hilda rodriguez
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amen

Sherry
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I remember reading about Job and thinking, how is it possible that one person could be so cursed? How could he lose so much and still get up the next day and keep going? His love for God is truly a testimony that we should all take to heart. Yet, we should remember that it is quite acceptable to be angry, confused and question Gods love for us. Grieving is a process in every loss we experience and we must allow ourselves to submit to it for a healthy recovery. There are many times I have stopped talking to God… Read more »
Nanakaty58
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Amen Greater is he who is in me than anything I will ever have to face on this earth 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

Alileffall96
Member

Like that song by Hillary Scott “Thy will be done” is a very powerful song for suffering. It has helped me know that even though it hurts, God is doing something bigger and that I will praise him no matter how I’m feeling.

Lori Hollinger
Member
I’m finding it difficult to trust God. There I’m just being honest. I just watched my 53 year old sister die from colon cancer…I’m scared God is going to take away more of my loved ones. I’m sad and broken and sick of people saying she’s in a better place when the hole in my heart is gaping. I cry at least once a day….so many things remind me of her and I miss her. I have trouble caring about my life….I lay in bed and can’t get out….no, I don’t want to get out. If I stay here maybe… Read more »
Melba Couey
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Lori, I don’t believe anyone in the study would judge you and your honesty about your feelings. God already knows how you feel, you don’t even have to tell him out loud unless it will make you feel better. When I cannot pray, sometimes I just say the name of Jesus over and over again. I lost my dad when I was in my late 30’s to lung cancer and my mom about 20 years ago to open heart surgery. I still talk to them (sorry I don’t think I am crazy to do so) especially when I am facing… Read more »
Susan413
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Hi Lori, I’m sorry for your loss. Your feelings are understandable because you’re grieving someone you loved dearly. I can not imagine losing a sister, but I do know what suffering through grief is like. I lost my grandpa in June days before my dad started radiation for prostate cancer. What helped me was: prayer, activities that helped me through past difficulties like watching romantic comedies, or reading a good mystery, even cleaning and reorganizing my house, if you can believe that! Yes, I cried my way through cleaner closets, prettier bookshelves, and prepping chili for dinner. Sticking to my… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Lori, we are so very sorry for your loss. Of course you are grieving and you should. If you go back and read Day 1 Wally mentions the shortest but perhaps most encouraging scripture in the Bible. “Jesus wept.” He wept and he is okay with our weeping. It is okay to tell God you are having a hard time and don’t understand. He can take it, he’s a big God. We here at WAY-FM will be praying for you.

stephaniebh
Member
Lori…Please know that so many have been where you are. I lost my brother 14 years ago this Christmas. I hurt so badly and saw how the grief tore my family apart. I was so angry with God that I didn’t go back to church for almost 7 years. When I did return it was because I felt a conviction that I wasn’t doing the best for my children, and I wasn’t allowing them the chance to decide for themselves. It is really amazing how in the opening day Wally used the verse “Jesus wept.” I went back to church… Read more »
Ashley
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Lori, I understand your pain. I lost my little brother a month after my grandma passes during my final years of college and it was hard for me to stay on track and stay focus on what needed to be done so I could move forward. Crying is a great way relieve the pain. But with the suffering I have gone through I was able to help others through the similar losses recently. Time will heal, you will always miss her because you care and God is always there. I am praying for your strength to regain. Gardening while singing… Read more »
AngelaH
Member

Thank you for sharing with us Steven Curtis Chapman. This is exactly what I did while my husband was sick and drying of cancer. After he died, I continued with worship and prayer. This has given me such strength and peace to carry me through the most difficult days of my life. To me, reading the Bible is so so important. I believe it is God’s living word. I make an effort to read it as often as possible.

Kellycat71
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I try to worship during the worst of times, like right now. I say blessed be His name for He is good. I have a hard time trusting and letting go of certain things. I guess it’s because I see Him as a male figure and I’ve had a very hard time with men/boys. I then get angry with myself because God is good, I know his promises. I want an end to one certain thing, but it doesn’t seem to happen. I mess up. I’ve seen many of Daddy’s miracles through my son and me. But this past year,… Read more »
Batje
Member
Thank you for sharing. I too lost a child , my only child, and when he died I certainly did not respond like Job. Oh no…. I did what one of Job’s friends advised him to do. I ” cursed God and waited to die”. Our God , however is a good good God and I didn’t die. It is so hard to trust God in the midst of pain and suffering but the point of trust is the point of peace. I went through periods of feeling like God was punishing me … why after all would he allow… Read more »
nick.wellenbrock@gmail.com
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nick.wellenbrock@gmail.com

I love the story of Job. Even when not in suffering it is always a good reminder of the type of faith and focus on God we should strive for.

VLily
Member
Today’s message spoke to me so much. I have grown up a Christian, but only in the last 8 years have I been diving in deep, really learning about God’s nature and promises. It was a minor loss that drove me there, but I believe was preparing me for the bigger pain that was to come. Two and a half years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and while she put up a strong fight, she died 3 months after her diagnosis. I was deveststed. I recall one morning being in so much pain, my strength left me completely… Read more »
Ann
Member

Job is a great example of faith and worship. Great verse for today.

Joy
Member

While going through difficult times, sometimes a song and choosing to worship is what got me through!

Cody D
Member
I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a terrible disease that makes all your muscles weak, and prevents your body from making muscles. I am wheelchair bound and my arms are weak; I cannot lift them on my own power. I face struggles every day that most people will never know or understand. It is really hard somedays to just get through the day. But God knows my struggles and is there for me through them all. HE helps me through every day. HE helps me not let my obstacles bog me down and get me depressed. HE is with… Read more »
WAY-FM
WAY-FM

Thank you Cody for sharing your story with us and for encouraging us in faith!

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