How Rejection Redirected Me Towards God's Plan

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These rejections left me feeling really disappointed and upset. I had always been so sure about myself, and was confident that as long as I knew what I wanted to do, I could do it. But being rejected countless times made me doubt myself and my capabilities. I questioned everything I did and became insecure about my future.

Creative Ways to Stay in the Word

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Whereas I used to begin my day reading the Bible, or at least have a time set aside for it, my daily agenda has been turned upside down, and with it, my Scripture reading. I’ve been brainstorming ways we can help each other stay accountable in reading the Bible—partaking of our Lifeline and breathing deeply of this Sustenance.

3 Visible Signs Your Life Has Been Transformed

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I used to believe that I could change myself—become a better person, as smart and talented as I imagined I could be. And so I immersed myself in all sorts of activities and studies, expecting this change—better grades and overall accomplishment in life—to make me feel satisfied. After all was said and done, my endeavors remained futile.

The Unexpected Places God Sends Us

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One of my church’s former pastors and later chaplain of the United States Senate, Dr. Richard Halverson, formed a beautiful benediction that started, “You go nowhere by accident. Wherever you go, God is sending you.” Recently, I’ve been reflecting on some events that are teaching me every circumstance and situation can be used by God for His purposes.

3 Ways to Live by Faith Amidst Covid-19

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In this season of uncertainty and fear, the fact that there are so many things beyond our control makes me very anxious. After all, there are only so many times we can wash our hands, and only so many masks we can wear. . . As I read the news daily and watched the case numbers climb, worry continually gnawed at me.

3 Truths to Navigate A Season of Uncertainty

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In 2019, I spent seven months in Israel for my research attachment as a graduate student. As I reflect on my journey to and in Israel, I have seen how God provided for me and grew my faith through 19 flights, 8 airports, five countries/states and a lifetime of experience. Here are three truths that I have learned and re-learned about God during this time.

When the Thrill of Success Wears Off

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Again, my heart soared as I held the newspaper in my hands. And again, my excitement faded quickly. What was the problem? I started to wonder if I was in the wrong major. Was I really meant to be a writer? To think that I had it wrong terrified me. If not writing, then what?

The Hopeful Side of Troubling Times

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I was in a season of newness and growth, much like spring. And spring, for all its beauty, can be hard work. Digging up our unplowed ground and allowing God access to break up hardened areas in our hearts is painful.

5 Things to Do with Doubt Besides Ignore It

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Have you ever questioned your faith? From theological ponderings—how exactly did God create the world? To emotional doubts—does God really love me? What do we do about these questions? Do we shove them aside, hoping if we deprive them of our attention, they’ll stop threatening the firm foundation we thought we had?