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When You Don’t Want to Be “Used” for God’s Glory

I’ll never forget the moment when someone said words intended to ease pain, but instead it felt more painful.

In the thick of my hard place, when I was unsure how we would survive this journey and I couldn’t possibly fathom why my God would allow my child to suffer so intensely, a good friend said to me, “But just think, God is using you for His glory.”

In that moment, I simply shook my head and agreed but what I felt welling up inside me was something much different.

Using me?

Quite frankly, I thought, I don’t want to be used. Not if it means this.

Quite frankly, He can use someone else because this—THIS is not working for me.

It felt as if I was simply a pawn in a game of chess, and my earth-shattering heartbreak mattered not to Him.

I wondered what good thing could possibly come of this journey? What good thing could come of her struggle?

Initially, this pain was my excuse to not live purposefully at all.

And for a long time I couldn’t quite figure it out, or perhaps I didn’t want to. But as I yelled at God in rage, as I questioned Him in frustration, as I sobbed to Him in sorrow—I found He began to slowly change my mind set.

You see, pain and sorrow and illness are all a result of this broken world we live in.

This journey is our reality. Nothing I personally can do will ever change that. And so, if I must walk this road, if my child must struggle, if I must endure hard things—let it not be in vain.

I came to a place where I recognized I WANTED to be used. God, if we must experience this pain, give this pain some purpose.

And as I’ve searched for purpose, I found this verse to be helpful:

Sarah Lango
Sarah Lango
Sarah Lango is a momma of 3, wife, writer, speaker, Jesus follower, and coffee lover from small town Missouri. She is the founder of Gracefilled Growth, where she writes about her faith, marriage, motherhood journey, and her new experience of special needs parenting. Her passion is to inspire others to live authentic lives, learning together, and embracing the grace that God so lovingly offers. You can read more of Sarah’s writing at www.gracefilledgrowth.com.

The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."