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Leaving Your Mark Series: When Storms Come with Ruth and Patrick Schwenk

Ruth and Patrick Schwenk were living a busy life of faithful service, planting a church, raising their four children, when 43-year old Pat was diagnosed with a blood cancer. Their faith became paramount as they navigated questions of mortality, certainty, and God’s character. Could they trust that God was with them in the middle of this storm?

A tender, honest conversation about what it means to have faith tested. There were doubts, fears, support, love, pain, and trust. Ruth and Patrick talk about how they had to receive care from their congregation, how the illness helped create a culture of honesty within their church, and how they both had to learn to trust God’s goodness like they never had before.

Obedience and faithfulness in the midst of unexpected suffering and stress change us and leave an impression on those around us. As we consider what it means to be faithful, we must consider where God is and who he is when life is uncertain and difficult.

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A few things mentioned on this episode:

Ruth’s blog for moms

Pat and Ruth’s Rootlike Faith podcast

Their new book: In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake: Trusting the God Who Meets Us in Our Storm

“Those who know your name trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
-Psalm 9:10

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