More Proof of God’s Love

There's a concept in Christianity that doesn't get much airtime these days, yet it's biblical. It's the idea that God disciplines those He loves. Maybe the reason we avoid it is because it sounds kind of harsh, or mean. But the truth is that God's discipline has everything to do with His love and concern... Continue Reading →

The Trampoline Effect – How to Bounce Back when Life Gets You Down

I have learned from watching my kids that gravity hurts, except when you're on a trampoline. Then it's a blast. Falling down and popping back up is something kids can do for hours on end. We are on our third trampoline at our house and so far, no trips to the emergency room. If only... Continue Reading →

Taking the “Just” out of “Just Pray for Me”

Have you ever noticed when you're in a difficult situation and someone asks if there is anything they can do, the response often goes like this: "Just pray for me"? It's as if we're saying, "There's really nothing you can actually do to help so...just pray for me." May I suggest it is time we... Continue Reading →

When You’re Tired of Fighting – A Tale of Two Warriors

If you have ever felt like you're in an exhausting fight, it's because you are. As much as the enemy would like to convince you otherwise, your spiritual battle is a real one. It is not a figment of your imagination. Simply put, if Jesus is your Savior then the devil is your relentless opponent. To help,... Continue Reading →

Help Over the Hump – How Relationships Make All the Difference When You’re Struggling

Have you heard about the loneliness epidemic? Recent studies reveal that even though we are more connected than ever due to technology, somehow we are growing more and more isolated and consequently, more lonely. It is a post-modern paradox. We are connected, yet so disconnected. Would you agree that this relational crisis presents a great... Continue Reading →

When You Feel Stuck – 3 Moves You Can Make

Jen is dealing with a situation right now that has her feeling stuck. She's not sure what to do about it and doesn't feel like she can take it much longer. She feels like she is just a step away from panicking and doing something desperate. There's nothing worse than feeling stuck. Whether it's an... Continue Reading →

When the Outlook is Bad – The Art of Re-Framing

Look at the world around you today and chances are you may see more ugliness than beauty. Scanning the headlines and listening to news reports can have a depressing effect, to say the least. Near and far, the outlook is often bleak. This is exactly the tension that David described in Psalm 36. In the... Continue Reading →

The Black Dot Experiment

Take a clean, white piece of paper and with a pen or pencil make a dot right in the middle of it. Show it to someone and ask them "What do you see?" More than likely, they will say "A black dot." Rather than seeing a white piece of paper with a small dot on... Continue Reading →

This Too Shall Pass?

It is one of those phrases that people may think is in the Bible, but it isn't. Like the saying "God helps those who help themselves," "This too shall pass" isn't in there. It sounds like it could be, but it isn't. The catchy line probably gained its popularity from President Lincoln, who used it... Continue Reading →

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