It’s a mystery to me.
With every ending of a year, I get so caught up in “what ifs”. Every ending I’ve ever encountered, I get philosophical.

“What is my purpose in life?”
“Am I living to my fullest potential?”
“If I died today, what would my legacy be?”

You know the feeling you get after a really good movie, and the hero wins? You find that inner courage for a brief second, and you feel like the whole world is yours to conquer. You feel like anything you put your hands on will amount to greatness.

With 2014 drawing to a close, I once again, climb into my philosophical stupor. The one where I debate my life choices of the past 365 days, the future x amount of days, and if I’m living to the extreme calling that God has placed upon me as a believer.

With every passing year, I always ask myself, “How can I serve the Lord better?” “How can I make this world a better place?”

Let’s have real talk. 2014 (in hindsight) was not the biggest year for “loving everyone”. It was a year where ” _______ lives matter” pretty much dominated every Facebook post for a long while. Where homosexuals fought for their right to marry, and won. Where the reactions of Christians towards them was nothing to be proud of. Where a terrorist group in the Middle East formed, and the United States government tries daily to strip away our freedom. “You can’t pray here, you can’t do that… Right to bear arms? Just you wait, we’ll take that away soon.” Suicides, brutal murders, abortions, adultery, and drug addictions destroyed families. People fought for a voice. People fought for their rights as human beings.

In 2014, I said goodbye to many people I held dear, but I also said hello to a beautiful bunch of people. My biggest fear is that I don’t treasure people who are in my life the most I can. And, my biggest dream is to make and difference & to let each and every person that walks, runs, crawls, and staggers into my life know that they are loved. Not only by me, but by God. I want them to know that they are important. That they matter. That no matter the skin color, sexual orientation, occupation, religious belief… They are loved & treasured. They are loved & treasured not only as human beings, but as God’s handiwork.

2015 brings a 365 pages of a book yet to be written. What are your fears and dreams? How will you make a difference in your life and others’ lives around you? What impact will you make? Let’s make 2015 a year of love. A year of actually concentrating on someone else instead of ourselves. You’re my favorite. This life is my favorite. I’m thankful God put me in this time period. Even though, sometimes I wish I were in another era. I’m thankful to have you in my life. Seriously. I’m thankful to be able to share my highs and lows with you in life. I’m here for you.

Happy New Year!
I love you!

Be Thou My Vision

Everybody warns you about how much planning a wedding is going to wear and tear you. It’s not until you’re knee deep in the planning when you realize everything they said is true. Especially when you’re 1000 miles away from the wedding site, and you’re 400 miles away from your love.
It stresses me out that we don’t even have a place to live yet after the wedding. It stresses me out that I don’t know anything about planning a wedding, and I don’t have anyone to sit down and say, “here’s how it’s done.” I want to say “forget the big shin dig. Forget the decor. Let’s just walk down and aisle and be done with it.” But, I want our families to share in this joyous occasion. I want people there to experience the big moment in both Josiah’s and my life.
I’m scared of myself. I am so stressed out, I have no clue what I’m doing, and if I do know what I’m doing, everything is wrong and/ or my fault. I hate the gnawing feeling that I’m falling away from my Savior, and that I’m focusing more on the wedding that the One that brought us together. I hate the gnawing in my gut that wants to compare the relationships with God of those around me with my own. It makes me feel like I’m a bigger failure than I am.
I need prayer that everything goes smoothly. I need prayer that my heart would soften. I need prayer because I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m a grown woman about to enter into a marriage with a man my whole heart loves. He’s everything I’ve ever prayed for, and yet, it terrifies me. It makes you contemplate your life’s choices when you join someone else life and two become one.
I’m a creature of tunnel vision. If something must be done, I’ll tunnel vision my way through it. Like this wedding planning. I am tunnel visioning my way through it, and forgetting that Christ is the one that sent Josiah to me. Shouldn’t it be a celebration of the fact that HE brought us together?
God, be thou my vision when I’m up to my neck in invitations.
God, be thou my vision when I’m deciding on songs, and who will be involved.
God, be thou my vision when I’m stressed about weight loss and looking beautiful at my wedding.
God, be thou my vision when I’m worried about where to live after the wedding. When I’m worried about finances and affording everything.
God, be thou my vision when it starts to seem like I’m just letting You down and everyone around me.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all

Operation #Live

It has come to my attention, friends, that we live in a world that no longer appreciates face to face contact.

Well, sure, we will hangout with friends, but most of the time we will have our noses in our iPhones, laptops, and tablets. I’m pretty sure once the smart phone was invented, I.Q.s dropped to near close to stupidity.

Remember the days when you had 100 numbers memorized, and you just spent all day outside? Remember the days when board games were so much fun because you did not have the vibrations of a cell phone going off next to you?

Since when did relationships become so unsociable?

It sickens me to think that in the four hours I went without a phone yesterday, I went absolutely thinking that I was going to miss an important text from a friend that my whole world had to be put on hold to answer? I look at a screen 50% of the day. Whether it be my phone, my work computer, or catching up on a latest television show? Even while driving, we will stick our noses in a phone and become completely unaware to the surrounding world…. It just isn’t right. It isn’t right how we don’t RESPECT each other enough to NOT hold a conversation face to face without quickly holding up a finger to the person in front of you to check that life threatening text message. It’s just not right.

I want to launch a campaign called Operation #Live. Live by encouraging the people around you. Live by getting out in the world and just enjoying the beautiful creation that God has made. Live by actually enjoying that food in front of you instead of snapping a picture and sending it to your Facebook friends…..

Social media has it’s ups and downs. It’s good for marketing, and for keeping in contact with those who live a distance away. However, it kills that personal relationship. That face to face “hey! How are you doing” conversation….. I’m sick of saying “I am fabulous!!”, Then, immediately sticking my face back into the led lighted screen.

I want to start this campaign, where a group of people shut off their phones from 8a-5p daily and just LIVE. Enjoy your work place. See how much you can get to know someone by talking to them instead of religiously stalking their social media page. Just stop talking to people outside of your bubble, and enjoy the time with precious, beautiful creatures of God. Were missing out on God’s beautiful artwork because of a stupid technological thing created by mankind.

We all need rehab from this drug called a technology. Technology is wonderful, but oh so unsocial….

Let me know what you think about this idea.🙂 granted, you have to let me know through technology (the irony!), but starting tomorrow, I shall be putting down the text messaging and living life to the fullest. ❤️

Five years.

Five years ago I was placed in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a summer missionary. I remember packing my bags for the first time, and praying over the summer. I was a new fresh faced high school graduate, who had just finished her first year at community college. It was the first time I had been a thousand miles away from home for months at a time… The promise of an eventful summer, and the calm before the storm loomed around my life. I didn’t know how much God would move in my life. I didn’t expect to meet a group of people that changed my life, and I certainly didn’t expect to move to South Alabama four short months later as a semester missionary. I prayed over my move, and felt fairly confident that The Lord was leading me there. In the months and years since that time, life has changed so drastically I can’t even begin to explain it. I have learned lessons in those five years that I will hold dear to myself, and maybe they will benefit your life. I have grown as a person, but my faith in The Lord has grown. His love, mercy, and kindness NEVER EVER gave up on me through all the hard times.
So, without further ado, here’s my lessons learned.

1. Money does not grow on trees. You earn, you save, THEN you spend. Don’t take out loans and credit cards. They are BAD. Run far away from them. If you see a credit card offer in the mail, rip that sucker up, turn and run a thousand miles away.
2. My momma isn’t around to watch what I eat. You need to eat meals that are healthy and balanced. Otherwise, you’ll put on the poundage from all the stress eating from life. It’s no fun running your tail off when you could have just eaten right and exercised the whole journey.
3. Boys aren’t worth the trouble. Ok, if you know my past, you know the struggle I’ve had with the male gender. Don’t date. Just don’t. Press into The Lord instead. I can’t tell you the countless tears I’ve cried over a boy and over a broken heart that was only out of my desire to date. You are worth SO much. You are a gem. You need to value yourself the way Christ values you. He died on the cross for you so that you wouldn’t spend eternity in hell. Now, folks, that’s LOVE. You need to realize, that you and all your flaws (male or female) are EXACTLY the way God wanted you to be. Value yourself more than the trash you think you want to date. Make sure your date treats you with the upmost respect, and LOVES you the way Christ loves His bride. Running from boy to boy or girl to girl does nothing for the self esteem. I am blessed, because in the midst of my man hunting, God sent me through a spiral of mixed emotions to end up with my fiancé now. He treats me so well, and like the princess I am. I feel so indebted to him, and I know that I am loved with out a shadow of a doubt, and I can not wait to marry my best friend next year.

4. God doesn’t give up on you when friends may fail. I’ve lost countless friends, and have destroyed countless relationships in the last five years. It hurts my heart to think of the words that have left my lips, and the people I have hurt emotionally. I wonder what they’re up to, and I pray that maybe one day God will lead them to forgive me, and we can start again. God has been the solid constant in my life these past five years. I can always look behind me, and he is there. No matter how fast I’m running and no matter how much I think I’ve strayed. I mess up a lot spiritually, and I am thankful to serve a God who doesn’t drop us at the slightest failure. I am not perfect. I am absolutely messed up. I have weird opinions, and I’m just a quirky person. But, I am His child. I’m thankful that He never gives up on me.

I don’t know where the next five years will lead, but I pray that I will continue to learn from my mistakes, and that I would mature into a wife and a possible mother. I pray that I make a difference in the world.

I am burdened with the stories that have been told to me about people going through the same stuff I went through five years ago, and even ten years ago… I am burdened for people who think the only option is to take their own life… I have been there, and I cannot even begin to tell you how blessed I am that people stepped in in my darkest hour and shone the Light of The Lord into my life. Without them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities to mess up and to grow and to learn life lessons. We aren’t perfect people, and it’s beautiful that God understands this.
Surround yourself with uplifting people. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and encourage you in the Word. The struggle will NOT last a lifetime. It will soon fade. There is light at the end of the tunnel. After a broken engagement, countless other broken hearts, extreme financial difficulty, and more… God reigns still. God provides. God protects. God LOVES.

Oceans (where feet may fail) by Hillsong

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

The Life of A Miller.

Dear Alabama,

It’s been fun. Real fun. I can’t imagine my life without you in it. Every single person that I have come in contact with, you have blessed my life to the max. You make my heart smile, and I am eternally grateful that I was able to share this brief brief moment with you all. I’ve been living in Cullman, AL for two years now, and from the get go it was a struggle. Which should have been my first clue. I know that I am supposed to be in Cullman at some point in my life, but now is not it. The past two years wasn’t it. I moved on a whim, because I myself wanted to try to spread light across North Alabama.

That’s not how it really happened, though. I’ve never been so depressed in my life, and having not been home since my grandma died a year and a half ago, I am a tad bit homesick. Plus, the lack of Rooster Boosters here, it really kills me.😉

I’ve met some of my best friends here, and I honestly hate to leave y’all. It literally is breaking my heart. It’s like ripping myself away from my family once again, but I know I will see each and every one of you again. I can’t bear the thought of not being able to see you in ten minutes time, or what have you… But, it’s come to this.

I am moving back to Kansas. I’m trying to get my feet back on the ground in an area that has jobs readily available to me. Doors have been flying open, and I honestly cannot wait to get back home to my church family that I know and love. I know alot has changed in Wichita, KS, but the calling is still great there. I have people who can hold me accountable… Versus out here, I’m kinda on my own. I would rather be homeless and broke close to my family, than be 1000 miles away on the street feeling abandoned. My heart is in Kansas, and has been for a long while. This trip to OZ has been wonderful and I have learned oh so much, but this Dorothy must go home to the flat lands.

Top 5 Reasons I miss 2008.

5. “Swag” didn’t exist. 

I’m sorry, but “swag” is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. “I’m gonna wear my pants down low and my hat to the side because I’m just that cool. The definition of “swag” on cracks me up…

The most used word in the whole ***** universe. Douche bags use it, your kids use it, your mail man uses it, and your ******* dog uses it. If you got swag, you generally wear those ***** hats side way, and your *** hanging out like a ******** goof cause your pants are half way down your white *** legs. To break down the word, it means (Secretly We Are Gay). It is also a word that means to represent yourself/ the way you represent yourself, baggy clothes, ****** hats, —–  and basically a way to say your afraid to come out of the closet.

Basically, it’s white dudes trying to act like a black dude. That’s about it in a nut shell. “what’s up Swaaaaag” is a common greeting. WHAT….. No.

4. A Semi Decent Economy.

“Back in MY day…. Milk wasn’t 5.00 a gallon, Gas also not 5.00 a gallon, Bread was seventy five cents, and I could go on, but I will refrain. Also, Ramen noodles were made better back then. (Says the 2008 college student in me)

3. Nikki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus… 

These jokes of music artists didn’t exist in the music business back then. You may have a good set of pipes on you, but you’re not foolin’ me with your gold chains, big hair, fake eyelashes, and twerking. No thank you. Miley Cyrus was Hannah Montana back then, but still. NO. No to “baby, baby, baby, oooh” that is stuck in my head after I typed that… no “Super bass” (Which has a good beat, but the lyrics/ music video… NO), and  No “We can’t Stop” the latest song from Miss Montana that shows her making out with a Barbie, attempting to twerk, and a bunch of things that a young 20 year old should not be into.

2. Being famous was still on my top “to do” list.

I admired people like Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, and people of that sort….

But now, you have Amanda Bynes chopping her hair off and going crazy, Miley Cyrus being a lesbian in her latest video, sex all over the airwaves and television, etc. I can’t TAKE IT. Just stop. Celebs are judged on every little thing they do.The world needs less Kardashian and more Robertson. The world needs more Andy Griffith, and less “Jersey Shore” (Thank GOD that show was cancelled!!!!)

1. Obama.

Obama wasn’t in the picture. I could rant and rant and rant, but the government is watching my every move, so I shall not. Let’s just say, I miss Bush, I miss the good times, and I miss how things were before this joke of a president. November 2008 changed alot of things, but of course he didn’t take office until January of 2009…

So, that is why I miss 2008. No Obama, No sexual televisions & radios, No Swaaaaag, No horrible music, and a semi-decent economy that had a chance of rising, but didn’t thanks to my number one.

I figured you all would somehow appreciate a different rant from me… So, you know.🙂 Don’t agree? Ohhhh well. I don’t care that you don’t agree. And, that is all.

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

An Evil World and a Good God.

I found my research paper from my Senior year in High School and figured I’d put it in a blog. I know even today it is relevant. Enjoy the read from my mind 5 years ago. This was the rough draft, but hopefully it will still pile together like I remember.

An Evil World and a Good God:

As the twin towers fell on that fateful day, many onlookers viewed the sky turning black and the sun blotted out from smoke. Many lives were lost. Families were left without a dad or mom. Firefighters lost their lives serving others, going into a place many wanted out of. The first thought on many minds across the United States that morning of September 11, 2001 was this: “Why would a good God allow this tragedy?”  Because God is good, He allows bad things to happen to help people get to know Him.

From the eyes of the beholder, every aspect of the globe has something wrong with it. Starving children in Africa search daily for another source of food and another chance to live, while American children throw away unwanted food unsparingly. Numerous counts of rape, violence and abuse are recorded daily, and the numbers continue to rise as the years pass. Teens who cannot bear to live anymore cut their wrists and even go to the point of committing suicide. Girls starve themselves to feel beautiful. Families are torn apart by divorce, and unwedded couples plan the abortion of their unborn “fetus.” Nature continues to surprise man as one devastation after another occurs:  floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Homes are lost and lives are left waiting to be picked up and returned to normal. Where is God in all of this devastation? Where is He when loved ones die, homes are destroyed and wars rage on? If He was so good how can He sit on his throne and control the earth like a little boy on a sunny day with ants and a magnifying glass? History is covered with pain. It is the “chronicle of suffering and despair” (Passantino).

Job was a man who suffered everything. He lost his family, his friends, and his animals. His life was literally stripped from him all because he loved God with his entire heart. Many people who read the book of Job in the Bible, wonder how could a man who have everything taken from him still praise God? How can he love God when God specifically allowed Satan to hurt Job? Job 3:20-21, 24-26 quotes Job saying, “Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of the soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure . . . For sighting comes to me instead of food; my groans pour out like water. What I feared has come upon me, what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness, I have no rest, but only turmoil” (Extreme). His children were killed, his cattle were killed, his skin was covered in boils and yet he continued to praise God. When his trials began, he said, “ The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Extreme). Job 2:6 quotes Job saying, “God controls everything: we cannot even imagine the things he does” (Extreme). He then goes on to say in verse nine, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall not accept adversity?” (Extreme). As Job faced his trials, God stayed with him until the end. Finally, Job passed the test Satan had set up for him, and he was given back multiples of what was taken away (Extreme). However, though Job, a real human being suffered many times worse than what people today will probably go through, he still kept the faith. Why is it today, when faced with difficulties in life, people look negatively on the situation? Why is it when something goes wrong, the view of God suddenly changes from good to bad?  Current situations reflect the way people view God (Burbeck).  If things go smoothly, and nothing currently is going wrong, they ignore Him. However, the moment things turn sour, curses are sent up to heaven, asking why a good God would let bad things happen.  Corrie Ten Boom said, “No matter how deep our darkness- He is deeper still” (Strobel 71).

There are four problems with the issue of suffering in the world. The four problems are as follows: God is all-powerful, God is all-knowing, God is all-good, and yet evil exists in the world (Strobel 49). God is all- powerful. He can do whatever He wants to do except for sin. People wonder if He controls everything, then He must have created the problem of evil in the world. However, He did not create evil. He only created the possibility of evil. Adam and Eve realized the possibility to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, setting the stage for evil in the world. God is all-knowing, so He knows everything that goes on in the world. He has His eye on every aspect of His creation at all times. He cares about even the little problems going on in people’s lives.  He understands the past and the future. Satan is God’s greatest enemy. So, Satan tries everything to destroy a person that cannot be destroyed. So, he brings down the perfect creation of God. He tempts, and then the first sin occurred. Every attempt to have evil win was ruined by God. Love came into the picture, and God sent His only Son to die: forever ruling over evil. God is all-good so He holds back to help people learn from their mistakes. Just like a young child learning not to touch a hot stove, God lets people experience a little bit of suffering so that they might be able to learn from it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (Extreme). If people learn through the little sufferings and bear them well, looking always to Christ, the suffering will not seem so bad. Evil exists in the world because of the first sin. People are made in the image of God (Strobel 60). However, morally people are not in the image of God. They have sinned. Which brought forth evil and suffering. However, no matter how much suffering people go through, there is Someone who experienced more.

Christ experienced the worst kind of suffering ever to be experienced on this earth. John 3: 16 talks about how God allowed his one and only Son to die on the cross (Extreme). That mankind, who has sinned against God, might have a way to live with Him eternally. God offered His son as a sacrifice. He, because of love, allowed His Son to be nailed, beaten, spit at, and shunned. He did this all because of His love for His creation. God caused suffering for His Son, His flesh and blood, Jesus Christ so that people may have a relationship with Him. Similarly, He causes suffering on this earth only to bring people closer to Him. The first sin occurred in the Garden of Eden (Extreme). Eve ate the apple that God specifically told her not to, and Adam shortly after followed suit. This one sin of deliberate disobedience caused them to have to work to stay alive. They were put out on the fields to gather food for their family, and Eve then had to bear children with pain. The world was no longer perfect after the first sin. They were probably thinking the same questions people ask today. “Why would a God who created so much good punish us so? Why would He create something perfect, and the moment we stepped out of line, cause us suffering?” Mankind’s relationship with God is like a bear stuck in a trap with a hunter (Strobel 43). A bear gets stuck in a trap. He cannot get out. However, a hunter comes along, and offers the assistance the bear needs to get out of the trap. The bear views this attempt as another way to harm itself, so it lashes out on the hunter attempting to hurt him. However, the hunter persists his rescue attempts, sometimes even hurting the bear a little. The bear shouts out in pain wondering why the hunter is causing him so much pain. The bear cannot see the good the hunter is trying to accomplish. The bear cannot see that through out all the pain, he will be free in the end (Strobel 43). The same is with humans and their view of God . People see too small of a picture that covers all mankind to know whether God is good or not .  When people feel the slightest tug on their comfort zone, they blame God. When God shows them the way and it hurts a little bit, they complain saying that He’s hurting them and there is no good in Him. They tend to go about life looking at all the negative things in life and not looking at the positive. God experiences pain as His creation does (Anderson). God did not intend for people to have bad things happen to them. It is the choices they make that bring suffering upon them (Anderson). Ronnie Hill, in a See You After the Pole speech said to several hundred youth, “Can we only take God’s goodness and not deal with his wrath?” (Hill). God went to the point of sending His Son to die for us. His suffering connects people to Him. Christ suffered on the cross so that mankind can have a relationship. Through His pain and through the pain of mankind, the connection is drawn.

Despite all suffering and evil in the world, Psalms 136 says over and over again, “His love endures forever” (Extreme). When a loved one passes away, and there seems no hope left, God’s love endures forever. God’s love endures forever when wars rage on and nature destroys homes and lives. God’s love endures forever when a girl cries herself to sleep every night and slits her wrists because she feels unloved. God’s love endures forever when a young boy begs for food on the side of the street. When families are torn apart by divorce, and rapes occur, God’s love endures forever. What Christ did on the cross set the maximum amount of suffering. No amount of suffering will ever be able to compare to the way the nails felt as they were pounded through his hands and feet, as the thorns were pressed down upon his head, and as He bore the sins of the full earth and God the Father turning His back on His own Son. God’s love endures forever, because of the pain that Christ felt as He died on the cross. However, love was truly defined when Christ rose from the dead, not abolishing evil, but giving the chance for a relationship with Him, and a chance to live eternally without suffering. The trials that are faced today only prepare people for the life that is available for all with Christ. “God did not varnish over our sin and our suffering. He came into it, like a dentist or a surgeon, to get it all out. In fact, he became our garbage man. He touched and took away our garbage” (Kreeft 130). Suffering will always exist in this world, because sin exists in the world. However, with the Love of God, He “entered space and time and suffering. He came, like a lover. Love seeks above all intimacy, presence, togetherness. Not happiness” (Kreeft 133). Christians will experience true happiness when they die and go to heaven. The job of a Christian is to share the love of Christ to the suffering, lost and dying world.

When the effects of the twin towers fell, and all the debris settled, in the middle of all devastation stood two bars still held together in the shape of a cross. C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pains. Pain is His megaphone to rouse a dulled world” (Kreeft). When all is said and done, the goodness of God’s love will endure forever. Although there is suffering in the world, there is provided a way out. A good God allows suffering only for people to see Him and all His goodness. His goodness is shown in His sending His very Son to die on the cross, which offers a way out of eternal suffering for people. Since God is good, the trials people face are to help bring them to His grace.

Works Cited

Anderson, Jason. Personal Interview. 15 Oct. 2007.

Burbeck, Christina. “Is God Good?” About Running Empty 1999: 1 page. 5 Oct. 2007 <;.

Extreme Teen Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1999.

Hill, Ronnie. Speech. See You After the Pole. MetropolitanBaptistChurch, Wichita, KS. 27 Sept. 2007.

Kreeft, Peter. Making Sense Out of Suffering.Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1986.

Passantino, Bob and Gretchen. “If God is Good, Why is there so much Suffering in the World?”. Answers in Action 1997: 2 pages. 5 Oct. 2007. <;.

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000.