How Giving Up Fear Prepared Me for a Pandemic

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When the 2020 season of Lent began, very few of us predicted how we’d be forced to give up so much of what we had taken for granted. Before the threat of the coronavirus reached my community, I chose to give up fear. Looking back, this prompting seems like a foreshadowing of what was about to come.

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

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I come from a loving family, and have great friends, but there have been days where I’ve felt like I was living under their shadow. All of them seemed to enjoy success in the areas of work, relationships, and ministry, while I seemed to keep losing out on academic and personal achievements.

When Your "Neighbor" Is Really Hard to Love

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She referenced me by a racial slur and made it clear she didn’t like me, or other light-skinned black people. I was shocked and hurt that she would say those things right in front of me, but with this realization, everything started to make sense.

Why Won't God Give Me What I Want?

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I want that marriage. I want that vacation. I want that . . . Fill in your want. I wanted the full-time job. But the more I prayed about it, the more I knew that it wasn’t going to happen just quite yet.

Why Is Waiting on God So Hard?

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“How long do I have to wait?” I asked myself this question every day. I had recently stopped working my job in the US because of an unexpected delay in my immigration paperwork, and had no idea when it would be resolved.

Finding Strength to Love God When You're Weak

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A lot of the time, I am physically very weak. In fact, a lot of the time, I’m too tired to move. Too weak to lift my head off the table. Too exhausted to make myself a sandwich. So loving God with “all my strength” often doesn’t seem like a whole lot of love.

Lies That Keep Us From the Word

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After graduating from university, I considered the popular advice not to set any New Year resolutions—lest I disappoint myself. However, in that same season, I thought to myself: On the first of January with each passing year, shouldn’t I notice some spiritual growth in myself as a person?

Help, My Body's Out of Control!

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I’m not sure how I got down this particular rabbit hole, but I ended up reading an article about body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). And what I read crushed me.
7 Questions to Start the Year Right

7 Questions to Start the Year Right

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Like the seven Old Testament feasts God put in place, holidays can be a selah of sorts. So maybe you still have a day or two of holiday time left. If so, I hope these prompts (designed for “prinking” over—that’s praying and thinking) can help breathe some fresh air into your soul for the next year.