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When the Rain Just Won't Stop - #5785
I believe God shapes and allows the circumstances to come into your life that will best develop some quality of Jesus in us. There's nothing greater God could do for you than to plant in you the way Jesus loves people, the way Jesus treats people, the way Jesus is patient with people, the way Jesus understands what a hurting person is going through, and the kind of bondedness Jesus had with His Father.

Stormy Weather Shutdowns - #5702
Jesus shows us something better, something higher - a more supernatural way to live, to draw on His grace, to keep giving out His love even when we feel battered, to keep giving out His encouragement, to keep delivering His word, to be all about others when I feel like being all about me; because I will find my life by giving it away.

Pain in the Bible: Revelation 21:4
One of the most wonderful promises of the Bible is that when Jesus returns, he will wipe away pain and suffering. The "old order"--irretrievably bound up in sin--will be replaced and there will be no cause for grief or tears.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - Painful Process, Beautiful Result - #9199 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
My wife and I were able to be there for the birth of our new grandson. It was exciting, but not as exciting for our daughter-in-law. I was just outside when our little guy arrived, and it was clear even from there that it was a painful and intense delivery—which I think is the only kind there is. It didn’t come as a surprise to our daughter-in-law. She did this before two years ago when she had our granddaughter. But knowing how painful it was going to be, she did it again, and millions of women have. And the lesson of childbirth might be just some encouragement to you right now if you’re trying to understand what God’s doing in your life right now.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc. - Your Trash Transformed - #9193 | Radio Program | A Life That Matters
It’s the nicest garbage truck I’ve ever seen…it’s bright and clean and new—it’s in a recent TV commercial for a waste management company. As the truck makes its way through the gleaming streets of a big city, people watch it go by appreciatively, admiringly. It’s very realistic, of course. I love their motto though: “The waste we collect helps power over a million homes.” Now, that’s cool! Garbage recycled into power that helps a lot of lives.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Getting Hit at Christmas
Our family was returning from our Christmas party when a drunk driver hit us head-on. Our car was totaled and some of us had a slightly uncomfortable Christmas. It’s always hard to get hit; it’s just a little tougher when you get hit at Christmas.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Gas Pains and Expensive Trips - #8079
Thinking about how much it’s going to cost you. That’s an important part of making any important decision. You know, a lot of people have squandered a life that matters on some decisions where they never thought about how expensive it was going to be ultimately.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Surprise in the Storm - #8087
The storm that looked like it was going to destroy them actually made them stronger.” Oh wait. That’s not just trees—that’s us. The Bible says, “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us” (Romans 5:3-5).

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Baggage Wars - #8091
It is sad how many of us actually live that way. You know, watching the same old baggage of our life going around and around again. We keep replaying the hurts and the pain and we keep ourselves from the hope that inspires a life that matters. And we just keep feeding our resentment and our anger and our depression, our dark side, and that only hurts us.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Healing Power of Exercise - #5639
You can speed up your healing by doing what you do not feel like doing; getting involved with people when you feel like withdrawing from them, getting active when you feel like being inactive, charging into some ministry or helping role when you feel like retreating, looking for someone whose need you can meet instead of someone who can meet yours. The hurt you have been through will give you the sensitivity and the credentials to minister to other hurting people.