Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Suffering

The Mercy Of A Savior Who Empties Our Hands Of Merit And Fills Our Heart With Praise

Sometimes God ordains for us to be met with a suffering that renders us wholly devoid of any understanding of our Father's dealings. Left with no strength to speak, we groan as the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf and pleads our need to the only trustworthy Captain capable of maneuvering us through the sea of sorrow that churns with waters understood by him alone. Read more

Hope For the Heartbroken: Redeeming Grace For The Painful Poison Of Rejection

We do ourselves a grave disservice with our anemically-defined judgments about what constitutes rejection, and we minimize the danger of its poison with our shallow suggestions for recovery that suggest it can be secured apart from a Sovereign Healer. Without Christ, our good intention in offering instruction about developing thick skin and bold confidence merely relegates the pain to space that carries no room to deal with the reality of it. Read more

The Limitations of A Human Bellhop With Only Two Arms & One Heart

It isn't glorifying to a God of sovereign power to rebel against human limitation. We end up hurting the Church, not serving it, when we assume a Christian should always have the strength to bear under the weight of another's sin. And it isn't glorifying to a God of grace to rebel against sin's power. We end up hurting the Church, not loving it, when we fail to acknowledge we carry into every relationship personal bags of sin struggle and insecurity. Bags that often keep us from loving others as well as we're convinced we've done in our mind. Read more