The Kind of Faith That Carries Us Through Trials


The Christian faith is strong enough to carry the burden of lament and doubt. This means people who experience seasons of profound darkness, confusion, and crisis can walk through those valleys with genuine, God-glorifying faith. In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Tara Beth Leach explains how God’s people can walk through seasons of liminality with their faith intact.

18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
    and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,

    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
(Lamentations 3:18-20 NIV)

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Tara Beth Leach is a pastor, preacher of the Word, and a writer. She speaks widely at conferences, retreats, and universities across America on Women in Ministry, Church Leadership, and the call to be a Radiant Witness. She is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in the western suburbs of Chicago. She previously served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary. She is the author of Emboldened, Radiant Church, and Forty Days on Being a Six. She has two beautiful and rambunctious sons, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.