Isolation's Ending . . . Should I Have Done More?

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A friend asks me through the flames, “So, Maddy. What have you been doing these last few months?” The fire crackles. I feel the eyes on me. It’s my turn to share, and suddenly, socializing doesn’t seem so easy and pleasant. What have I been doing?

4 Lies to Combat When You Feel Lonely

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Loneliness can drag on over days and weeks, and easily lead to discouragement and dejection. During this time, the lies we’re tempted to believe about our loneliness can be especially crippling, oftentimes preventing us from reaching out and forming the connections we so deeply desire. Here are some lies we can watch out for:

To My Pre-Covid-19 Self, From 2020 Me

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Ooh, I’d put that fancy 2020 diary down if I were you. I know, I know, you’re tremendously excited at the thought of the start of a new decade, and to be fair, things are looking quite rosy in December.  But in just a couple of months, life, as you’ve grown accustomed to, will be pulled from under your feet. I’m sorry, it is as bleak as it sounds. 

How to Stay Sane When Everyone Has an Opinion about Everything

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“I don’t understand why you aren’t coming home. Where we live isn’t a hotspot anymore, and we’re taking all the right precautions, so you’ll be perfectly safe. Honestly, I’m worried about you.” “Are you really going to drive north this weekend? You know there’s a stay-at-home order in place, right?"

For When You Start to Doubt God’s Calling

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There are going to be so many times that you doubt yourself, your abilities, and your calling. You are going to question if you really are useful, and if you truly should have left home in the first place. As excited as you are to make Jesus known in Asia, you’ll end up letting fear take over many times.

To the Church, From Same-Sex Attracted Me

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I write this letter and share my experience anonymously because I honestly don’t know what the reactions will be. I worry that parents will cast dark looks at me and pull their kids away from me. I fear being hurt in the same way that many people have already hurt me: by insisting that same-sex attraction (SSA) was something I chose and I could definitely turn away from it if I tried hard enough.

What It's Like Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction as a Christian

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I profess faith in God, and I believe in the resurrected Christ and His redemptive power that can save us from our sins. I believe in grace that is freely given and salvation received only through faith. I am also same-sex attracted (SSA), and I want to share my experience in the hope that it may help Christians understand other believers like myself a little better.

When My Broken Relationships Drove Me to God

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Two falling outs occurred within weeks of each other, resulting in a dark season of hurt so deep that it had a way of molding me, shaping me, and staying with me to this very day—a weakness that drove me to my knees, to tears, and to a deeper relationship with God.

When Work and Worth Get Too Cozy

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Many mornings, I hit snooze one too many times and, since I’m then rushed for time, my devotions are the thing that gets skipped. If I’m not doing my devotions daily and studying God’s Word to better know Him, what am I missing out on in terms of worthiness and relationship with God?