My First Christmas Without Laurie
A young widower shares his struggles. by Mark Sluder Direct Link to FamilyLife Article: My First Christmas Without Laurie On July 8, 2009, my wife Laurie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost three long years later, she died on April 4, 2012. Soon my two sons and I will have our first Christmas without Mom. […]
Helping Others to Grieve, Tips from a Dad wi...
by Al Newell written May 19, 2012 “Close your eyes. Raise your hand if you have experienced a tragedy or serious illness in the last five years.” Half of the audience raised their hand. “Keep your hand raised if that has happened in the last two years.” 10-15 hands remain. “Now, of those remaining, keep […]
Deeper Questions – Suffering
What has God been teaching you through this tough experience? About Himself, about you, about others, about life? Are you able to fix your eyes on Jesus so that you do not “grow weary and lose heart?” (Hebrews 12:1-4) Do you “cast all your cares” on Him? Do you still believe He cares for you? (1 […]
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Lies Women Believe and t...
“If we have an impoverished view of God, we will become impoverished ourselves. If we have constructed in our minds a god who is weak and impotent and not in control of every detail of the universe, we will see ourselves as being helpless and will be overwhelmed by the storms and circumstances around us. […]
John Yates, How a Man Prays for His Family,...
“Bringing our prayer requests to God repeatedly is not a matter of asking God and then reminding Him over and over again in case He’s forgotten … It’s wonderful when you pray for something only once and you experience God’s answer. But growth and maturity come when you learn how to pray repeatedly, until you […]