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Sometimes in the middle of our hurt we may think, “I’m not too happy with God right now. In fact, I don’t like what He’s done one bit.”

That’s okay too. God gave us all of our emotions—sadness, joy, anger—and that means He can handle all of them. 

Is it easy to come to Him in hard times and does it mean we happily accept everything from His hands?


But ultimatefuly we have to decide if we’re going to trust.

I remember being in a book club and we read about the Holocaust. It was shortly after a loss on my journey and it seemed there had been a small Holocaust in my heart as well.

We were talking about how God could allow something like that to happen. I said, “I don’t know…but I feel like God is asking me, ‘Will you love me for who I am or for who you want me to be?’ ” 

He asks all of us that question at some point. It’s not an easy one…in fact, it’s the hardest one I’ve ever had to answer.

Yet at the end of the day we have to choose, even when we don’t understand.

There’s a blog I loved called Bring the Rain by Angie Smith. She lost her little girl, Audrey Caroline the day she was born. In one place Angie says…

Sometimes I think it’s harder to believe the way I do, because I believe with everything in me that He could have changed the story. This line of thinking inevitable leads me to the question, “Why didn’t He?”

Many people have written with the same question, and I want to tell you that I have thought it through many times and I have come up with a great theological explanation that I want to share with you.

I have absolutely no idea.

What I do know is this: The Lord walks beside me as He walked beside Moses, and He knows me by name. He loves me, and I love Him. I pushed my baby through the reeds and never saw her again. And yet here I am, worshipping the God who allowed it.

A different kind of hope holds on to Who not why.

And He holds us right back…


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Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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