Have you ever pushed through fear to do something that terrified you? Queen Esther did. The people of her heritage, the Jews, faced tremendous persecution by an evil leader who had the power to annihilate them. Esther was Queen with a divinely-inspired level of...read more
I don’t believe Moses ever considered himself brave. Yes, throughout his long lifetime, the Lord developed him into a strong and mighty leader. But a personality profile might have identified him as cautious. Skeptical. Guarded. Apprehensive. He might have been...read more
a guest post by Lila Diller I don't think I'm the right person to try to teach others about joy. It's one of the fruits of the Spirit that I have the hardest time with. Not that any of them are easy, but joy is one of the harder ones for me. It's especially hard when...read more
a guest post by Sarah Ishaku On October 26, 1985, I was enjoying a good time with friends; suddenly I received news that my mother was seriously ill. The looks of my brother-in-law who brought the news to me indicated that there was something more; though he tried to...read more
“That’s where they getcha.” My daughter used the phrase while trying to use a coupon at a store then realizing she needed to buy multiples of an item before the discount became valid. My husband said it last week when he realized the satellite TV package he purchased...read more
A Guest Post by Sophie Elise You had the perfect hour planned. The kids would go down for their naps and quiet times and you would sit on the deck with your cup of tea and Bible for a little quiet time of your own to refuel for the rest of the day. All that stood...read more
a guest post by Meredith Curtis “Move!” I ordered aloud to the car in front of me. I was at a stop light that had just turned green, running late, of course. The car just sat and finally moved forward through a yellow light. For me to follow, I would have run a red...read more
Let’s face it. There is much in life that hurts. Like love, for instance. Sometimes it hurts to love others. Yet Jesus calls us to love one another and to walk in His strength and provision as we do. Love requires investment into the people around us. Such investment...read more
A guest post by Joy Hunt Our world puts much emphasis on doing. I get it. I’m a “doer.” We learn by doing. Doing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Actually, according to James 1:22 we’re supposed to be doers of the Word, and not just readers or knowers. But sometimes I...read more
A guest post by Ailie Baumann I’ve lost my joy, I think to myself. The overwhelming stress of my new surroundings seems to have suppressed every bone in my body that held an ounce of joy. The weather outside reflects my emotional and spiritual state – bleak and grey....read more
a guest post by Ashley Spang Today, my daughter turns three years old...and I have spent her whole life experiencing depression. Although postpartum depression did make up the first six months of her life, situational depression quickly followed, stemming from trauma...read more
The Joy-Worship Connection a guest post by Jennifer King As Christians, we can find joy in worship, which is a big part of our faith. I dare say, it's one of the most important things we do! Worship is knit into the very fiber of who we are as new creations in Christ....read more
I’ll share a secret with you. Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, I was a joyless person. My life had happiness, of course, but rarely did I see, feel, experience, or even understand true joy. You can bet that I prayed for joy. I experienced great curiosity...read more
Our family is in the midst of a challenging year. While the Lord has poured out blessings to the point of overflow, we’ve also experienced significant loss in a variety of forms. Through it all, we have worked hard to cling to our joy. We understand the importance of...read more
Naturally, I was running late. As hard as I try to avoid it, I’m generally 5-10 minutes behind schedule, this time due at a gathering with some girlfriends at a quaint restaurant in Old Town. Thinking ahead, I knew that the parking situation could present a few...read more
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