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Enduring pain doesn't require that you ignore it or that you simply accept your fate. Paul asked the Lord to take his away. I used to think I had to be strong during trials. After my first of what would be four miscarriages, I mourned, but I thought I could just take a few deep breaths and move along. I wanted to be strong. For what reason, I still don't quite know. Perhaps my desire for strength was a sort of self-protection: If I'm not vulnerable and weak, then I'll be okay.
– Trillia Newbell
About the Episode
In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, Christine Chappell interviews author Trillia Newbell to discuss her new book, Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith. During the interview, Trillia shares her story of coming to Christ as an adult. She also takes on the "fake it 'till you make it" mentality, warns against the toxic effects of the prosperity gospel, and explains how the Scriptures invite us to engage God in the midst of our suffering. Encouraging listeners with gospel-centered reminders, Trillia also helps us to understand how to keep our hearts from growing cynical in the midst of tumultuous political/cultural climates.
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About the Podcast
The Hope + Help Project podcast offers compassionate biblical conversations about life's challenging problems. The purpose of the podcast is to share Christ-centered comfort and clarity for those seeking biblical solutions for the struggles they face. The podcast accomplishes this by offering a mix of interviews with seasoned biblical counseling professionals and ministry leaders on a variety of topics. Listeners can expect to receive biblical wisdom as well as practical steps for facing suffering, struggling and sin with courage and grace. Hosted by author/writer Christine M. Chappell.
About the Guest
Trillia Newbell is director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. A frequent conference speaker, her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Desiring God, the Gospel Coalition, and more. Her books include If God is For UsEnjoy, Fear and Faith, United, and God's Very Good Idea. She and her family live near Nashville.
About the Book
Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith • God promises to finish the good work he began in us—but that doesn't come without bumps in the road. Life can be hard, faith can wane, and distractions abound. Too many today are at risk of compromising their integrity or giving up on their faith. How can we persevere to the end?

Trillia Newbell, a fellow struggler on the journey, offers encouragement and hope for us to run the race well. While life may be full of challenges, we have a true and real hope in Jesus, who provides us with what we need to endure through pain and doubt. Newbell shares theological insights and practical disciplines to train us for faithful, godly living over the long haul. The race is hard, but you are not running it alone. Find strength and courage here to endure and finish well.
Helpful Resources from Trillia
Why We Can Trust Him
God doesn’t do anything in his sovereign will that isn’t both wise and loving. If God is for you, who can be against you? We don’t trust God simply because someone tells us to. We trust God because he is God.
The Samaritan Woman and Our Barrier-Smashing Savior
God’s Word tells us that to endure in this life we must fix our eyes on Jesus. But what does it mean to fix your eyes on someone you can’t see? The Gospels tell stories about Jesus that show us his character. We learn how he interacted with people and the world around him. By studying these stories, we learn to set our eyes and hearts on him.
Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast
In conjunction with her book, Sacred Endurance, Trillia has developed this podcast to take the biblical call to run the race with endurance and bring it to life with stories of modern day Christians. The race is hard, but you are not running it alone.
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About Your Host
Christine M. Chappell
Writer & Podcast Host
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart and Help! My Teen is Depressed (forthcoming with Shepherd Press, Spring 2020). She is the host of The Hope + Help Project podcast and writes frequently about depression, sorrow, grief, and motherhood at her blog, has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship, and is currently pursuing certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Christine's writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, Thrive Moms, Devotable, and For Every Mom. 
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