Everyday Grace

Searching for goodness in the ordinary

Day 28: He Uses Broken People // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
28

photo: Matheus Bertelli

Hi there! This is day 28 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 other day, I was talking to a friend and asked how she was. We have known each other for over 10 years, so there is no more room for BS in our relationship. We keep it pretty real. So when I asked how my friend was, she told me how she is actually doing. It turned out that she was struggling because her grandfather was in the hospital, and devastatingly, the doctors were unsure if he would make it. (more…)

Day 23: Adonai Nissi // 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness

Oct
23

photo: Michael Fertig

Hi there! This is day 23 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 will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:14

Sometimes I find it difficult to see God’s hand at work in my life in the middle of a crisis, even if it is easy to see Him at work in the lives and troubles of others. Maybe I’m too close to my own circumstances, or maybe the enemy loves to make us feel like God is taking care of others and leaving us out.

There are two passages in Exodus that tell a better story.  (more…)

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…)