Holly Stratton

Welcome to LifeHurts
a place to strengthen your mind & steady your heart with the hope of the gospel

Diving Deep When The World Is Dancing On The Surface

The world is a waltz on the surface of shallow waters where dancers take nothing as seriously as they take themselves. It's a weary troupe masquerading as creatures of strength, living vibrantly on the outside but dying on the inside. Fearful of unmasking the reality of their emptiness, their relationships often suffer more deeply than they are willing to dive. Their only remedy for the pain is to care less. Care less about others, care more about self. Read more

The Joy Of Finding Satisfaction With Dissatisfaction

Conversations about having a joyful heart can so easily leave us with the impression that being a surrendered Christian involves our experiencing a sense of sweet satisfaction in this life. That if we're truly seeking to trust a Savior in whom we are found complete, that certainly what should follow is a sense of deep contentment not just in the Giver of good gifts, but in the gifts themselves. Read more

Sing Hallelujah! We Are Free From The Fear Of All That Is Frightening

The difficult reality of life in this fallen world is that the grotesque and gnarly claws of Fear will never stop reaching out to choke confident joy and peace from our hearts. Fear and its sidekick Insecurity will forever seek to lure us into its depression and darkness. Sometimes we will follow, and maybe we'll even find ourselves fearing we won't ever be able to escape. But the glorious promise in the midst of this difficult reality is that the bountiful grace of our beautiful Redeemer is wholly sufficient to keep us from ever being fully undone by its destruction. Read more