50 minutes | Sep 9th 2020

042: The Grace to Suffer Strong with Katherine Wolf | The Living Room

“You can survive anything if you’ll redefine everything…”

Life rarely turns out the way we expect and it’s not always easy to adjust when suffering redirects it all. In this episode, Katherine Wolf, discusses her newest book, Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything.

At age 26, Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke that nearly ended her life. During the long years of surgeries and relearning all basic life skills, Katherine and her husband, Jay, learned that God’s grace is truly sufficient. As you look to Him, God will give you unexpected peace and even joy in the middle of your deepest trial.

Maybe your life has taken an unexpected turn as well. God wants to help you pivot, persevere and overcome so that you can truly live the life you’ve been given!

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Important Takeaways from Show
  • Rather than holding on to what was, learn to embrace the new
  • Suffering can become a treasured gift that shapes your life in positive ways
  • Nothing can take away the peace, joy and all good things found in Christ (Psalm 84:11)
  • Joy is the secret weapon of the Christian life” – GK Chesterton
  • We get to take our worries to the foot of the cross rather than live with them
  • Until we surrender our unmet expectations, we cannot receive the gifts that God has for us
  • Walking through suffering with joy and perseverance can be one of the greatest testimonies
  • Decide what voices you will allow to speak into your life (who will be your “soul board of directors”?)
  • Live with gratitude and seek to recognize the good in every situation
  • Determine to establish your hope in the Lord
  • True hope is a future promise lived out now
  • “Hope is believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse” ~ Philip Yancey
  • What is true about God in the light is still true in your darkest moments
  • Receiving suffering can be a big part of living a life worthy of your calling (Ephesians 4:1)
  • The greatest things that God has done are inside of you (2 Corinthians 4:17)
  • God is always doing something new
  • When someone else is suffering, less words can be the best words
  • When one person suffers in a marriage, both truly suffer
  • A great marriage establishes true friendship and chooses to cheer one another on
  • God has given us everything we need to adapt, persevere and overcome (2 Peter 1:3)
  • Stop marinating in what you thought your life would look like and accept what your Good Father has allowed
  • Always trust that God is good and remember that He is able to redeem all things
  • True beauty is all about walking away from shame and discovering God’s voice

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ~Romans 5:3-5

Links from Show

Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming Love

Suffer Strong: How to Survive Anything by Redefining Everything

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