Category : Faith
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 […]
Sometimes we make life with God so incredibly complicated. And when we complicate it, we may be tempted to argue and wrangle about issues that aren’t big issues. We bicker about if we should raise our hands during worship or if we’re going to be […]
I love it when God shows up and goes out of His way to make His truth clear. One evening not too long ago, my husband and I sat on the porch together. He read from his bible silently and I read from mine. We […]
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 […]
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 […]
When I was 21, I traveled to England alone where I attended the University of London. The night before I was to board my flight, my host family called and said that I wouldn’t be able to come early like I planned, because they were […]
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 […]
In 2011 NBC News aired a story about an unemployed man who was mining for gold and diamonds on a busy sidewalk outside a handful of prominent Manhattan jewelry stores. The news showed him peering into a crack in the sidewalk while holding a magnifying […]
Some time ago, a red light appeared on the dashboard of my car. I know almost zero about mechanics, but I do know that when one of those little blinky things comes on, it’s “talking” to me about the internal condition of my automobile. All […]
Some things in life are too beautiful for words, like the majestic Rocky Mountains, the sound of a babbling brook, the joy of a baby’s giggle—and the incredible Word of God. But for some people, the Bible doesn’t feel beautiful. Instead, it feels like a […]
In his book When I’m Longing for God, Dan Stuecher tells a touching story about the great composer Beethoven. The music man never married but was in love with a woman scholars have spent years trying to identify, a woman Beethoven called his “Immortal Beloved.” […]
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 […]
Nowadays, it seems that people everywhere are talking about having Ninja skills—and that it’s a good thing. One day this crossed my mind, and just because I am a curious type, I decided to look up the definition of “ninja” online. Here’s what I found: […]
Everyone experiences loneliness. It’s a common denominator in the equation of life. Our natural response is often to run from it or deny it by filling our lives with distractions. God has a better way. When we allow loneliness to do its redemptive work by […]
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