Category : Life Challenges

November 29, 2017

My mom has a pillow with some of my grandmother’s favorite words from Theodore Roosevelt stitched on it: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” What Roosevelt was saying is that everyone is holding something in their hand to accomplish something […]

November 22, 2017

I’ve spent a few Thanksgivings alone. I could have visited my family, but as a single adult, there were years I couldn’t afford to fly home for Thanksgiving and Christmas so I always chose to travel in December. During these years, there were often friends […]

November 15, 2017

A couple years ago while I was on a long hike, I listened to a series of sermons on living a balanced lifestyle. During this audio marathon, I scrolled through a list of articles on my phone by the same topic and came across a […]

October 24, 2017

There are times in all of our lives when our faith has been tested through trials. During these seasons, we may question God’s love, or His ability and desire to help us. It’s during these challenges that what we choose to believe about God and […]

October 18, 2017

I once rode in the car with my humorous husband when he ran a stop sign. I said, “Oops! Missed that one.” He laughed and responded, “That’s what I call a Stoptional.” Sometimes, we treat God’s commands like they are Stoptionals. Sure, He told us […]

October 04, 2017

I recently heard some great advice: Emotions are like children. It’s okay to let them ride in the car with you, but don’t let them in the driver’s seat. Oh! What if we always remembered to judge between emotions that will lead us down a […]

September 27, 2017

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” (James 1:1-4) For a couple years […]

September 06, 2017

I enjoy social media because it’s a great way for me to keep in touch with family and friends. I like perusing the pictures they post and reading their reflections online. But sometimes social media is also grievous. Because—as perhaps you have also realized—there are […]

August 15, 2017

Have you noticed we spend many of our days simultaneously celebrating blessings but also experiencing grief? Child graduating from high school?  Praise God! Child graduating and moving out? Grief. New job offer? Yay, Jesus! New job that requires relocation? Grief. New marriage? Yay! New marriage […]

July 12, 2017

Have you been holding on to the hope of something for so long that you sometimes wish your dream would die so you could be relieved of longing? If you’re like me, you’ve wrestled with a desire or two for years and there are times […]

July 10, 2017

When I was a very young woman, I loved a young man and he loved me. We spent over three years together and adored one another. But like many young people, I didn’t have the necessary wisdom or emotional maturity to navigate a relationship. To […]

June 14, 2017

Many of us have times when we want to know God’s plan, but He isn’t revealing it. We wrestle in prayer and in the silence of God. We anguish over an answer not yet given. This can feel discouraging, especially when we know He has […]

June 07, 2017

When I first wanted to start a writing and speaking ministry, an acquaintance of mine adamantly insisted that I would be out of God’s will. He quoted 1 Timothy 2:12, and said women were not allowed to even talk in church. This man loved the […]

May 30, 2017

There are times in everyone’s life when pursuing their calling—whether it’s raising children, running an organization, or attending college—can become tiring. When this happens, some people want to throw in the towel and give up. If this describes how you have felt, here are three […]

May 10, 2017

  Several years ago, I went through a time of transition. Rather than taking off without makeup to run to Wal-Mart as I have always done, I turned into the clone of a 17-year-old girl, only with a few more wrinkles and a lot more […]

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