As we started the new year, we embraced Luke 10:27 as our anchoring verse, and spent the first three months digging into what it looks like to love God with all of our hearts—asking the question, “Why do I feel?” and exploring how we can love God and others through hard times, dull times, transitions and painful seasons we struggle to understand.
We were blown away by the generous contributions from our global volunteer contributors, and wanted to share with you a few of our best articles—ones that have already encouraged thousands, that we hope can encourage you too!
My Child, A Gift from God, Stillborn Without A Skull
Inside, I was struggling. I wanted to terminate the pregnancy, but there was no peace. In my heart was a battle between my will and God’s will.
I did not want to have to live through the first trimester of nausea and vomiting, and a tough delivery, knowing that I was not going to bring a child home.
Many of us live a double life in this sense; we set aside time for “Christian things,” and then feel as if we have earned some right to indulge in “everything else”.
Having enjoyed ourselves with gusto, we then feel a guilty need to tip the scales once more in favor of “Christian things,” if only to earn ourselves some more indulgence time, and so on. I find myself sometimes slipping into this mindset too.
Three years ago, I began my college career at a small Christian college called Calvin College. I had a lot of anxieties in the beginning, but by the second semester, I was well-adjusted and praising God for a good first year of school and for the friends He had provided me with.
In February, however, I received some bad news from my parents.
We all worry, it’s a normal part of life. But sometimes this worry can overtake our entire being and result in anxiety. We feel out of control, paralyzed by the unknown, constantly triggered by the “What if’s?”.
In the midst of our panic attacks, how can we try our best to draw our focus to God’s promises for our anxious hearts?
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.