Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guest Post and Giveaway: Welcome, Tessa Emily Hall!

How can Christians Cope With Heartache?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live without pain and suffering? No scrapes on our hearts resulted from the painful words of others. No gaping hole of loss when we lose a loved one.

Unfortunately, we won’t reach that kind of paradise until we enter eternity with Jesus. (See Rev. 21:4.) Being a Christian doesn’t mean we’re numb to heartache on this earth, but it does mean we have a healer. The Great Physician can mend our broken hearts. His love is powerful enough to provide peace in the midst of the storms and joy in the midst of heartache. Not only that, but He hurts with us. We’re not alone in our suffering. We have a Father who hears our cries and sits with us in the pain.

In fact, Christ voluntarily bore the entire world's heartache on His shoulders the day He died. Why? So that we can come to Him in our times of need. So that, when we are wounded by this world, we can receive His healing ointment of love.

We can’t walk through this imperfect earth and expect to live a perfect, pain-free life. There will be times when we’re knocked down. Bruised. Beaten. This is simply the result of living amongst sin and darkness.

But the good news? The good news is that Christ, the One who has already defeated sin and death, can help us cope with the pain. He equips us with supernatural strength to bear the storms of this life.

So where should we turn when we experience heartache as a Christian? The answer is simple:

Let’s allow the pain to draw us closer into our Father’s embrace. When we’re wounded by the world, let’s limp into our Savior’s arms. He will carry us and help to bear the weight of our pain. In the safety of His presence, we are shielded from harm. In the safety of His presence, Christ will renew our hearts until they start beating again. The power of the Holy Spirit will restore us until we find strength to walk again.

Our Father meets us in our pain. We don't have to suffer alone.

But the choice is ours. He wants us to make the decision to turn to Him. He wants to allow this heartache to draw us into His embrace--that way, we can realize that His love is more powerful. His love is strong enough to heal every bruise and scrape that the world has inflicted upon our hearts.

And even though it’s impossible to avoid pain, it is possible to receive healing.

Besides, Christ went to the grave to save our hearts; don’t you know He can be trusted to restore them to wholeness once again?

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles,

but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;

not one of them is broken!

Psalm 34:17-20 (NLT)

What do you think? How can Christians cope with heartache? Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments. Or you can post your answer to this question on Instagram for a chance to enter a giveaway! (Click here for more info.)

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There's something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend--engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way?

Coffee Shop Devos offers a warm atmosphere that will inspire you to discover your God-given purpose and live to your greatest potential. Choose your devo flavor in the Menu of Contents based on your current need. Then lean into deeper intimacy with Christ through reflection and prayer. Along the way, you'll pick up tips and recipes for making your own coffee-shop beverage--regular or decaf--to enjoy while you read. And don't forget to share your journey with your friends! #CoffeeShopDevos

Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated--almost as though you've shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.

Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic books to show teens they’re not alone. Her first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House September 2018. Tessa's passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent for Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PURSUE Magazine. She's guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website:


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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today, Stephanie! =D <3

  2. Hi Tessa. Psalm 34 is my absolute favorite. I learnt it years ago because it 'sounded pretty'. Then I went through a bad time with my health. I remember crying in my car after visiting the doctor and God brought the words of this psalm to my mind. Through my tears I spoke out the words and marveled at how perfectly they spoke to my situation and ministered to me. I was still unwell but after that my heart was at peace knowing my God would help me. Two days later I woke up and was healed! It was amazing. Thank you for sharing this blog.