HARDSHIPS

4 Things to Remember When You're Discouraged

I went through a period where I was struggling with feelings of anxiety and guilt about my performance as a Christian. Then God showed me I was looking at myself and my flaws in the wrong way.

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Being a Friend to the Mourning

It can be hard to know how to be a friend when you’re needed most. There are practical ways to show your love and care to a friend who is grieving.

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Dear Dad, You Have Grandchildren Now

A Cru staff member’s letter to his deceased father, lamenting the loss and considering the influence on his own parenthood. 

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Do You Feel Like You’ve Failed God?

Elliott juxtaposes the stories of Peter and Judas, as well as shares some of his personal story, to demonstrate the different ways we can respond to spiritual failure.

How to Find Hope in the Midst of Suffering

The book of Job illustrates how God relates to us when we suffer.

Forgiveness

Learn how to offer others a share of the grace you have received.

Bullying Almost Broke Me

Bullying Almost Broke Me

I never wanted to forgive those who hurt me.



 

Do People Think I’m Overreacting?

Do People Think I’m Overreacting?

Have you noticed that when life seems to press you on all sides, the black mold of your heart surfaces…or is that just me?

 

But Christians Aren’t Supposed To Be Broken

But Christians Aren’t Supposed To Be Broken

The depression was gone, but I was surprised to find that the brokenness remained. My wound had been healed, and I was still broken. 
 

I Can't Repent

I Can't Repent

No amount of hand-wringing or plotting on my part is going to bring about a repentant heart.



 

Does Your Job "Matter" Enough?

Does Your Job "Matter" Enough?

Students are facing a common inner struggle for today’s young evangelicals: the decision between a career in ministry or a job in the marketplace.

How to Find God in a Painful Life

How to Find God in a Painful Life

The book of Job illustrates how we can relate to God when we suffer.


 

Why You're Stuck in Your Faith Journey

Why You're Stuck in Your Faith Journey

If you’re not growing, it might be because you’re not helping someone else.

 

How Not to Forget God's Promises

How Not to Forget God's Promises

We are easily prone to forget the things God has done in our lives and promised us in Scripture. Here are a few ways to keep remembering.
 

Her Decision to Die

Her Decision to Die

The news of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s death flooded news outlets earlier this month. But did Brittany miss something that others facing suffering find?

Why I Don't Tell You About My Life

Why I Don't Tell You About My Life

I don’t mind helping other people through hard situations, but letting them help me is hard.

 

How Do I Give Thanks Even in Suffering?

How Do I Give Thanks Even in Suffering?

Thanksgiving is no quick, easy fix, or recipe for skipping past our emotions. In fact, it’s the opposite. When your fists are balled, hold onto God who can take on any anxiety.

When the World Feels Unsafe

When the World Feels Unsafe

What do you do when tragedy reminds you of the fragile state of this world?



 

The Significance of Trials

The Significance of Trials

I believe that often trials come into our lives in four thinly veiled disguises that can prevent us from recognizing and embracing their transforming superpower.

Do You Understand the World?

Do You Understand the World?

A new way of understanding the state of our world.



 

A World of Evil and Suffering

A World of Evil and Suffering

Some people have asked me where God is at horrible times like these and how I can continue to believe in God when there is so much evidence to the contrary. 

Ferguson, Race, and God's Work in My Heart

Ferguson, Race, and God's Work in My Heart

The events surrounding this tragedy have caused me to examine the condition of our country and the condition of my own heart.



 

Lessons From a Tragedy 40 Years Ago

Lessons From a Tragedy 40 Years Ago

40 years ago, a flood took the lives of 143 people, including 7 women on staff with Cru. The aftermath might have some lessons for us today.

Recognizing God's Goodness

Recognizing God's Goodness

Cru missionaries, the Steinborns, see a gift -- even when wrapped in hardship.

Trusting God As I Wait

Trusting God As I Wait

How do I trust God as I wait?

 

Faith Stronger than Hatchets

Faith Stronger than Hatchets

Assassins brutally attacked Sara, Tomas, and their 2 young daughters while the family was sleeping. Read Sara’s true story of tested faith.

Following God Through the Choices

Following God Through the Choices

What do you do when God places choices in front of you? Pray or follow your own desire? 
 

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