How many times have we heard someone say, “God has a wonderful plan for your life”? I stopped counting years ago; maybe you have too. Reconciling the truth that God’s plan for our lives is good when all we are experiencing is pain can cause tremendous confusion.
John and Lynn Hampton
After all, Scripture emphatically says:
- Jesus “came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, emphasis added).
- When we seek Him we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).
- We are to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, emphasis added).
Most often, pain causes us to reframe our understanding of the truths of God’s Word. During those difficult times, we have to release what we assumed to be true and, instead, embrace with accuracy what God’s Word actually means.
John and Lynn Hampton spent years reframing their understanding of how God can be good—in spite of His allowing painful circumstances in life. Their story will certainly bring you incredible hope and clarity of truth in whatever you are facing today.
What makes cowards run and champions rise? How is it that some people can face their fears, die to their dreams, and still have an abundant, fulfilling life? The book of Daniel answers these questions.
David and Jason Benham
David and Jason Benham know exactly what it’s like to live courageously—like Daniel. Their message leads us all down that path. It’s time to rise above our circumstances and trust God regardless.
Anxiety . . . a word we often label negatively. We tend to put a “fear-based” frame around anxiety, forgetting to consider that anxiety may have a positive purpose.
As God made us, anxiety is an alarm system that awakens us to action in the here and now. However, today anxiety is focused on past events or assumed future challenges which result in fear-based living. Anxiety is exhausting unless we learn to reframe its purpose. If we want to live fully, addressing our core anxiety issues is essential.
You may be shocked by what you are about to read: After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death.
- 41,149 suicides were reported in 2013—that’s two suicides for every reported murder, one suicide death every 12.8 minutes.
- Even more shocking is the church’s inaccurate beliefs about mental health issues, as identified in the most recent mental health study conducted by LifeWay Research.
We cannot continue to neglect this enormous area of need.
After personal tragedy and with professional insight, Kay Warren offers practical tools and hands-on direction for supporting individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.
We’ve all been there a time or two . . . or THREE . . . when life doesn’t let up. More specifically, trials that are agonizing and exhausting, where we long for a flicker of light or a ray of hope.
After surviving oral cancer twice and in the midst of launching her new book Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, the cancer came back with an unrelenting vengeance. Astonished and terrified, Michele’s prognosis was extremely bleak. She endured a year of excruciating surgeries and an unbearable recovery. In those dark hours of suffering, questions surfaced about life and faith.
Like us all, when God allows severe suffering, life’s hardest questions abound. In this interview, Michele shares extraordinary wisdom and significant truths essential to surviving life’s greatest adversities.
Sometimes, we get stuck in life’s ruts. Ever feel stuck? If so, you don’t have to remain there!
Colleen Swindoll Thompson introduces Reframing Ministries.
Insight for Living Ministries can help you climb out . . . with Reframing Ministries.
If the name Reframing Ministries is unfamiliar to you, that’s okay, because it’s the brand new name for the Special Needs Department of Insight for Living Ministries.
Here’s how it will help you even more than it has.
Why does it seem like some people catch all the breaks while others face one challenge after another? Or why does success come to some while others struggle and strive just to make it through one more day? In fact, what does “success” look like to you . . . where you live, what you drive, where you go, who you know?
The list seems endless to most of us, but according to the enormously successful artist, entrepreneur, and mentor, Noah Elias, the definition of success is thoroughly simple and life changing. If you are looking for direction, longing for fulfillment, losing hope, or lacking the joy you expected to have in life, you cannot miss this interview!
It’s a parent’s fear, an educational nightmare, a massive political agenda, the subject of heated church conflicts, an American epidemic, and more. Autism. Since 2000, multidisciplinary research has helped us treat vast variations of autism, but research can’t fix autism. In many ways, “fixing” autism shifts our focus away from an essential human need . . . an eternal perspective. We seek treatments and therapies with heroic motivation and blame God when nothing changes.
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Has anyone ever considered autism may be allowed by God because of the way it can revolutionize our “typical” lives? Reframing autism begins with an eternal perspective, calling us to seek Him and learn His ways as we care for those with differences. In this interview, Emily Colson speaks about caring for her adult son Max, who has autism.
She also talks about how God continues to reveal her need for Christ and how to reframe her life by embracing autism.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people will struggle with a mental health issue. If we said 1 in 5 people will have a compromise in physical health, we would start a prayer chain. But mention that the compromise is a mental health issue, and most people scatter, label, judge, and disappear.
Special Needs Interviewee, Dr. Matthew Stanford
We tend to hide or deny what we cannot control or fix because most of the Western world clings to a dissected view of humanity; we partition our existence into labeled segments. We define one human life as sections of the whole . . . physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and so on, which dismisses a whole person. Labels are terribly confining and damaging; candidly, it is a self-righteous choice to judge or label any part or the whole person altogether.
With mental health issues on the rise, Dr. Stanford offers wisdom, knowledge, guidance, and practical tools the church desperately needs in caring for one another.
We read in the Bible that God is good, loving, and faithful; yet we live in a world where horrible pain exists, and God seems anything but good, loving, and faithful. It’s one of life’s greatest conflicts. How do we live peacefully with this great tension? Author, speaker, as well as comforter to those who suffer is Philip Yancey; one who sheds incredible wisdom and insight on this conflict. If you have ever wondered “Why?” about life and suffering, you cannot miss this interview.
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