Resources by Topic: Suffering & Trials

He Is God

He Is God

As you wonder how to give thanks in the midst of your trials, remember that your Creator takes care of His creation. Read or Listen →

Willing to Be Used by God

Willing to Be Used by God

A fifteen-year-old named Jen asked God to use her life in a powerful way and wrote that prayer in a journal. Hear how God answered her prayer. Read or Listen →

Hope When It Hurts, Day 3

Hope When It Hurts, Day 3

Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton have experienced debilitating pain. But they say the physical suffering isn’t their biggest problem. Read or Listen →

Practical Hope

Practical Hope

Do you find yourself thinking of the Second Coming of Christ as a mysterious event far off into the future? Read or Listen →

Revelation Part 3, Day 3

Revelation Part 3, Day 3

Suffering has a limit. God won’t allow more than is needed for your good and His glory. If you feel like you’re at that limit, get some encouragement. Read or Listen →

Spiritually Rich

Spiritually Rich

If someone wanted to give you an incredibly huge gift, you wouldn’t ignore them. But someone does want to give you an incredibly huge gift. Read or Listen →

Thanks for Saving My Life

Thanks for Saving My Life

Karen Melby watched her husband go through painful treatments for leukemia. Along the way, she learned something powerful about the gospel. Read or Listen →

Don’t Squander Your Trial

Don’t Squander Your Trial

When stress and trouble seem overwhelming, you have a great opportunity. It’s your chance to learn to lean on the Lord and experience significant growth. Read or Listen →

He’s with You in the Storm

He’s with You in the Storm

Leslie Basham: Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that sometimes you go through a storm so you can get to know Jesus better. Nancy Leigh DeMoss: And when you want Him more than anything else in your life, that's what you'll get. You will get Him. He will deliver you.  Leslie: This is Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss for Wednesday, ...
Have Your Own Way, Lord

Have Your Own Way, Lord

For years Joni Eareckson Tada prayed for healing from her quadriplegia. But she has come to appreciate the deeper healing the Lord has provided. Read or Listen →

Squeezed by Life's Pressures

Squeezed by Life's Pressures

Joni Tada asked the Lord to set her free from her confinement to a wheelchair. Instead of answering that prayer, He gave her a different kind of freedom. Read or Listen →

Engaging in Battle

Engaging in Battle

God has a role for each person. There are those who pray and those who send. And there are those who actually go into the battle and fight. Read or Listen →

Your Greatest Opportunity

Your Greatest Opportunity

Over the last six months, the word “crisis” has been used many times to describe our world. Do you know how many great opportunities there are in a crisis? Read or Listen →

Good-Bye to Me

Good-Bye to Me

Believers in Jesus are called to follow His lead, pick up their cross, and die to themselves. Damaris Carbaugh describes what it’s like to die to yourself. Read or Listen →

Hope Is a Person

Hope Is a Person

Jesus cares for you even in the middle of the storm. You’ve probably heard that. But Paul David Tripp says sometimes the storm itself is what you need. Read or Listen →

Who Meets Your Deepest Needs?

Who Meets Your Deepest Needs?

If there’s anything we Christians should be known for, it’s joy—even when our season of life, the circumstances we’re going through are difficult. Read or Listen →

In the Midst of the Storm

In the Midst of the Storm

The Bible tells us that God will be a refuge in times of trouble. Nancy explains how God acts as a refuge, even while allowing the storm to blow around you. Read or Listen →

Be Still!

Be Still!

“Be still and know that I am God” gets said in hushed tones in many churches. But Nancy says that phrase was probably delivered in strong, commanding tones. Read or Listen →

Things That Stop the Heart

Things That Stop the Heart

Do you ever feel uncomfortable reading stories about the judgment of God? But the desolations God brings upon the earth can actually be a source of comfort. Read or Listen →

Why Do the Nations Rage?

Why Do the Nations Rage?

Does it seem like enemies of the gospel have so much strength that they’re invincible? Nancy will give you some new perspective that will give you hope. Read or Listen →

The River of God

The River of God

Here’s one of the most amazing themes throughout Scripture: God dwells among His people. Why is this so amazing? Nancy will explain. Read or Listen →

When You are Battered by Fear

When You are Battered by Fear

This year our world has been shaken by floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes. and a tsunami. Nancy opens Psalm 46 for a life shaken by storms of life. Read or Listen →

Are You in Trouble?

Are You in Trouble?

Trouble will always be with us. You’ll never escape it in a fallen world, but there is a refuge you can run to during times of trouble. Read or Listen →

Enduring With Joy

Enduring With Joy

You can make everyone around you miserable, or you can joyfully accept trials as a gift from God. Hear how a young woman did just that with a brain tumor. Read or Listen →

You Have a Future

You Have a Future

For anyone who believes in Jesus, all suffering is temporary. It doesn’t matter how permanent your hurt appears. There is an incredible future. Read or Listen →

Helping Others Endure

Helping Others Endure

Hollywood loves to tell us what our heroes should look like. But find out why learning about heroes of the faith will help you endure hardship. Read or Listen →

The Purpose of Suffering

The Purpose of Suffering

It's easier for athletes who are training for the Olympics to endure long, grueling training when they have a goal in mind. The same is true for Christians. Read or Listen →

Expect Suffering

Expect Suffering

Imagine being in a dark, underground prison with the sewer of a major city running through it. Then imagine writing about being joyful! Read or Listen →

Let Me Be Your Warning

Let Me Be Your Warning

When Joni Eareckson Tada looks back on the diving accident that left her paralyzed, she says, “God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves.” Read or Listen →

Hard is Not Always Bad

Hard is Not Always Bad

Nine months into her pregnancy, Sarah Vroegop woke up and felt like something was wrong. It would change what she believed about God’s goodness. Read or Listen →

How Much Pain is Enough?

How Much Pain is Enough?

After spending several decades in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada heard the diagnosis "cancer." Why would one person go through so much suffering? Read or Listen →

Squeezing the Lemon

Squeezing the Lemon

Joni Tada has prayed for God's physical healing. Those prayers haven't been answered. Joni helps you deal with the unanswered prayers in your life. Read or Listen →

The Hope of Eternity

The Hope of Eternity

Your current suffering may seem unbearable, but when you reach your eternal home, you’ll have a whole different perspective. Read or Listen →

God's Jewels

God's Jewels

If you feel discouraged or weary doing the activity God has called you to, listen to Joni Eareckson Tada. Read or Listen →

When You Feel Alone

When You Feel Alone

Does it ever feel like no one can help you? Jesus knows that feeling. Nancy will explore this aspect of His suffering Read or Listen →

The Eyes of the Lord

The Eyes of the Lord

How was conflict handled in your home when you were growing up? With screaming or withdrawing? Few have learned how to deal with conflict God’s way. Read or Listen →

When Marriages Hurt

When Marriages Hurt

When someone speaks cruel words, it’s like they’re lighting a match. Your response can either put the fire out or toss on some fuel. Read or Listen →

The Image of His Son

The Image of His Son

When Margaret Ashmore was diagnosed with breast cancer, she realized that surviving wasn’t the ultimate goal--becoming like Christ was. Read or Listen →

Whatever it Takes

Whatever it Takes

When someone we love is suffering, we want to step in and stop the pain. But if God is using suffering to draw a lost soul to Himself, we need to let God work. Read or Listen →

Prone to Wander

Prone to Wander

Sometimes it’s hard to notice how prone we are to wander. But when we recognize our sin, there is hope. Read or Listen →

Surviving the Desert

Surviving the Desert

Could you survive in the desert? You could, if someone taught you how and helped you prepare. The same is true for spiritual deserts. Read or Listen →

Demands in the Desert

Demands in the Desert

There’s a big difference between asking God for what you need and demanding what you want. Today, Nancy teaches you to recognize the difference. Read or Listen →

Equipped in the Desert

Equipped in the Desert

When trouble comes into your life, maybe you just see--trouble. But God sees an opportunity to teach you something new. Get some hope for facing problems. Read or Listen →

Tested in the Desert

Tested in the Desert

How did you feel in school when your teacher announced a pop quiz? Tests and quizzes don’t end when you leave school. In fact, you might be in one now. Read or Listen →

Discipline in the Desert

Discipline in the Desert

When parents discipline their children, it demonstrates their love for them. Today, find out why God sometimes disciplines His children. Read or Listen →

"I Can't Do This!"

"I Can't Do This!"

If you had to leave a nice house to live somewhere full of mud and rats, how would you respond? A woman who experienced just this had a surprising discovery. Read or Listen →

Handling Hardships

Handling Hardships

When you’re in a season of God doing great things through you, be careful. The time right afterward might bring a lot of temptation. Read or Listen →

Surprised in the Desert

Surprised in the Desert

When you feel especially close to God--like He’s using you in powerful ways--expect to go through some times that are less emotional and less fulfilling. Read or Listen →

No Situation Is Hopeless

No Situation Is Hopeless

Do you want to watch God change what seems to be a hopeless situation? Sharon Jaynes says, "Don’t be impatient and run away from the hopeless situation." Read or Listen →

Our Confidence

Our Confidence

Here's good news about adversity: It shows you what's in your heart. So when your finances, your patience, or your ability is being squeezed where do you focus? Read or Listen →

Waiting

Waiting

Imagine reading an advice column that offered questions but no answers. Today's program addresses approaching God with questions and trusting Him for answers. Read or Listen →

Blessed Be The Name

Blessed Be The Name

Blessed be the name of the Lord. That isn’t just a song lyric. It’s a statement of faith delivered by a biblical character undergoing incredible suffering. Read or Listen →

Trials that Reveal Your Heart

Trials that Reveal Your Heart

When you wean a child off a pacifier, the first few days can be a real trial, but a necessary one. Nancy explains how trials in our lives can be necessary too. Read or Listen →

Wait

Wait

It seems all of us are waiting on something. Waiting slows down our plans, hopes, and dreams. Nancy reveals why that might be a good thing. Read or Listen →

Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling

Many worship songs ask God to send His glory, yet the Bible is full of stories about people who fell down terrified when they encountered God. Read or Listen →

Unexpected Answers

Unexpected Answers

Have you ever asked God to answer your prayer, only to be surprised when the answer came? Habakkuk was begging God for answers, and was still surprised. Read or Listen →

Have You Prayed About It?

Have You Prayed About It?

Is it okay to ask God why and to tell him when you’re displeased? The prophet Habakkuk did both. Find out what we can learn from his honest prayer life. Read or Listen →

Why Is Life So Hard?

Why Is Life So Hard?

Do you ever wonder why life is so hard? When things are difficult, we tend to assume that something's wrong that needs to be fixed. Read or Listen →

Squeezed by Suffering

Squeezed by Suffering

When you're under pressure, what comes out of your mouth? Joni Eareckson Tada says pressure is very helpful because it squeezes out sin so God can change you. Read or Listen →

God's Choicest Tool

God's Choicest Tool

For a year after her diving accident, Joni Eareckson Tada had no hope. Every night she wished she could take her own life. But God had other plans. Read or Listen →

Purposeful Suffering

Purposeful Suffering

Suffering has a limit. God won’t allow more than is needed for your good and His glory. If you feel like you’re at that limit, get some encouragement. Read or Listen →

The Squeeze

The Squeeze

Imagine a friend laughing at you after you tell her about one of your deepest struggles. Nancy tells of a woman from the Old Testament in that position. Read or Listen →

Bitterness

Bitterness

Do you ever wish you had a rich relative who could make all your financial problems go away? Nancy reminds us that we have someone infinitely better. Read or Listen →

Returning Home

Returning Home

We are grateful for independence, but when we try to gain independence from God, free to do things our own way, it causes a lot of trouble. Read or Listen →

A Shortcut

A Shortcut

It’s hard enough to suffer consequences for our own wrongdoing, but when we face hardship through no fault of our own, we can easily become discouraged. Read or Listen →

A Good Giver

A Good Giver

What happens when you think you know all the right answers, but reality rears its ugly head to prove otherwise? Read or Listen →

Grace

Grace

After losing two sons to a genetic disease, Molly Veldt was ready to move on into the process of adoption and onto the mission field. Read or Listen →

God's Loving Hands

God's Loving Hands

A sacred moment. That’s how Molly Veldt described watching her young son die. Find out what Molly learned concerning trust and eternity. Read or Listen →

Inward Renewal

Inward Renewal

As a young wife who grew up going to church, Molly Veldt expected God to lead her new family down a smooth, easy path. Read or Listen →

Praising Through Tears

Praising Through Tears

If you were to watch your child grow more and more rebellious and ultimately get arrested for murder, do you think you’d be able to praise God? Read or Listen →

A Son's Perspective

A Son's Perspective

If your father had been brutally murdered when you were just a child, would it be difficult for you to forgive those who killed him? Read or Listen →

Never Done

Never Done

Evelyn Christenson has learned a lot of things over a life filled with both joy and suffering. Read or Listen →

Racing to the Scene

Racing to the Scene

Emergency workers are quick to spring into action, but they have to be called first! God is wiser and more powerful than any firefighter. Read or Listen →

God Provides a Refuge

God Provides a Refuge

Where do you run when you encounter a difficult situation in life? Join us on Revive Our Hearts today as Nancy Leigh DeMoss continues discu Read or Listen →

Facing Heartache at the Holidays

This Christmas, may our silent aches and longings compel us to worship the God of the universe, who wrapped Himself in flesh and blood so that we would know the hope that does not disappoint. …

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When Trials Steal Your Joy

When I woke up on June 20, 2013, I had no idea what the day would bring. But as the day went on, I learned that God's plans for me were much harder than I would have chosen for myself. …

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New Year, Old Heartache

May you see God in the midst of trials and tragedy. May you see Him in the midst of fear and failure. In the year you least expect it, may you see the Lord, and may He become your Living Hope. …

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A Refuge in Harvey’s Wake

When we knew it was useless to continue wringing out water, we sat down on dirty floors muddied with debris and begged God to stop the rain. We rejoiced when, days later, He did. …

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A Most Unusual Gift

One of the most unusual gifts I ever received was a bowl of cooked chicken feet from my Zambian friends. Philippians 1:29 describes another unusual gift. …

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A Tribute to Kathy

My friend’s long walk through death’s shadows has ended this week. Kathy Helvey’s four-year battle with leukemia has given way to the victory of eternal life. …

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Afraid of More Pain

Have you ever crossed your arms, dug in your heels, and determined, “No more! I’ve been hurt enough, and I will NOT allow it to happen ever again.” …

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An Unwelcome Friend

You may be enduring a winter of suffering with no hope for spring. But no matter how you entered this season of adversity, you did not enter it alone . . . …

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Asking Why

Is there something painful in your life right now that you don’t think you deserve? Something that’s causing you to cry, “Why, God?” …

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Comfort for the Suffering

It's inevitable that someone you love dearly will slip away into eternity, leaving you grieving and enduring a trial you may not have been fully prepared for. …

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How Awesome is This Place!

We often sense the Lord’s presence in places of serenity. But what happens when the scenery changes—when it becomes waves of uncertainty, doubt, or fear? …

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Rescued

My mama cried in the back of that police car, hands cuffed as she told me she loved me. I knew in my young heart she really did. She just couldn't make it work. …

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Saying Goodbye

When everything in my feminine heart yearns to be deeply rooted and secure . . . I can be. In Him—in the One who is my life. …

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God's Faithfulness in Times of Trouble

Nancy Leigh DeMoss unpacks Psalm 107, giving hope to anyone in distress, danger or despondency. She'll help you seek the Lord and be satisfied in Him even during times of trouble.

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Have You Abandoned Your Boat?

Does part of your life feel broken? Priscilla Shirer will show you the incredible things Jesus can do with the discarded, failed pieces of your life. You’ll be encouraged to give every situation to the Lord, no matter how difficult.

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The Stakes Are Higher than You Think

Prepare to be deeply moved as Joni Eareckson Tada paints a picture of the unseen world and all that is at stake in the throes of your suffering. Be encouraged that your battle is not insignificant. Rather, your life is a cosmic field of warfare, where the stakes are about as high and universal as you can get!

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Why Such Grace?

Are you filled with questions of why over your difficult (and seemingly unfair) circumstances? As Jennifer Rothschild candidly shares about her physical blindness, you'll get a new perspective on the trials in your life; and will find amazing, overflowing grace at the foot of the cross.

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A True Woman Chooses Joy

What's the difference between happiness and joy? James MacDonald says that discovering the difference will transform your life. Learn how to endure trials with joy, as Pastor MacDonald shares honestly from his own life.

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A True Woman Chooses Joy

What's the difference between happiness and joy? James MacDonald says that discovering the difference will transform your life. Learn how to endure trials with joy, as Pastor MacDonald shares honestly from his own life.

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A True Woman Learns to Trust

What circumstances threaten your trust? After someone caused great pain to her family, Karen Loritts did not want to trust God. Instead she wanted to lash out in anger and hurt someone. Learn to develop a deeper level of trust for the most difficult issues you face.

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God's Jewels

If you feel discouraged or weary doing the activity God has called you to, listen to Joni Eareckson Tada. She’ll share what she’s been learning through suffering about God’s grace and glory.

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The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking ...

In forty-give years as a quadriplegic, Joni has faced fears, questions, and challenges galore. But through it all, she has found God to be faithful and has encountered Christ at every turn. This session will be an up-close-and-personal interview with Joni about her journey with the Lord and how she has found hope and grace in the midst of life's ...

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Hope When It Hurts

Suffering is real. But so is hope. Join Kristen and Sarah as they invite you to see how God is caring for you, growing you, and even using you, in times of suffering. Because of Jesus, you can be full of realism about the hurts of life, yet overwhelmingly full of hope about the God who gives life.

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