Everyday Grace

Searching for goodness in the ordinary

Day 22: Adonai Jireh // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
22

photo: Dmytro Zinkevych

Hi there! This is day 22 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. 

The Lord is good – indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him. – Nahum 1:7

Can I get really real with you guys? (more…)

Day 11: Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies) // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
11

photo: Craig Dennis

Hi there! This is day 11 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.

“God will never give you more than you can handle.”

“God just needed another angel, so He took him/her to heaven.”

“The Lord helps those who help themselves.”

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Horsecrappery. All of it. I cringe when I hear someone say these things to people who are hurting. These statements can be found in the Bible in the book of Nowhere, chapter nope, verses eleventy-nine – seven hundred and never. They’re not in there. Don’t be fooled. These are mostly made-up phrases that get recycled a lot by well-meaning people. At first, it’s nice to think that everything happens for a reason, right? It can give us comfort in situations where we don’t understand why something hasn’t gone our way in life. We don’t get the job, break up with someone, or miss out on an opportunity and someone says, “Everything happens for a reason,” genuinely trying to help. So what’s the big deal?  (more…)

Day 10: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
10

photo: Caique Silva

Hi there! This is day 10 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.

Ever feel like so much is going wrong in your life that you literally can’t articulate any of it? Friends ask you how you’re doing – the rare ones who actually mean it and really want to know – and you can’t even form the words. You could start, but it would take hours. Everything stinks, sucks, feels so complicated, and basically makes you want to go back to bed. (more…)

Day 9: We Can Do Hard Things // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
09

photo: Thomas B. Didgeman

Hi there! This is day 9 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.

Last April, I got the phone call no one wants to get. My precious great-grandma, 95 years young, was in the hospital with a severe UTI caused by extreme dehydration. The doctors said it appeared that she had  not had any water in days. They said the resulting infection in her kidneys was so bad, she might not make it.  (more…)