Category : Life Challenges
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When I met my husband, we did what a lot of couples do when they are getting acquainted—we shared stories. We shared stories about our families, where we grew up, and about our relationships. Because I was single until I was forty-six, my list of […]
I once heard a woman on television say she wanted another child because, “I know another child will make me happy.” She already had eight. If she birthed more babies, a hunch tells me she discovered Number 9 couldn’t do anything for her that Numbers […]
God, the Weaver of stories, often weaves His stories in secret. Like a movie, we see the beginning, we wade through the middle, and we wonder if a good end will ever come. It’s only when the whole story is stitched together can we see […]
I bet there are days when you are standing. You are standing in the confidence of God’s love for you. You are standing on the truth that you have been adopted by God (Ephesians 1:5), that you are His child, and that nothing can separate […]
Have you ever wondered how to live in the “not yet” of an unfulfilled desire but still surrender to God’s will? Is it possible to pray in hope but still be okay with whatever God has in store? I once spoke with a woman who […]
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