4 Lies That Keep Us From Spiritual Growth

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These stumbling blocks are lies that l believed for a long time, which made me think that God wasn't for me, and that contrary to what the Bible says, He didn't love me very much, because l didn't deserve it. Such thoughts held me captive and made me miserable.
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5 Myths About Faithfulness

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We all struggle with faithfulness from time to time, but sometimes, we may be experiencing guilt about the wrong thing or feeling frustrated because our ideas of what faithfulness looks like aren’t playing out in our lives. Here are five myths we may be holding onto about what it really means to be faithful.
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How to Walk with a Friend Who's Doubting the Faith

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It can be stressful when someone we love starts to doubt God. We worry that we won’t have the answers to convince them to stay in the faith, and fear what will happen if they were to leave God completely. But doubts are a perfectly normal part of a Christian’s journey. And God is more than capable of helping us figure out what faith means in the face of life’s difficult realities.
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Why I'm Giving Up Coffee for a Month

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“I’ll take that bet.” It was a sentence I uttered all too casually while pouring my coffee one Monday morning, and a sentence that I would live to regret. My colleague and self-confessed Coke-aholic (as in Coca-Cola) Jacob laid down a challenge that he would go an entire month without sugar if I promised to go a month without coffee if he succeeded.

5 Ways to Remember God's Goodness in 2021

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A few years ago, I started practicing these five ways to remember God’s goodness, and they have proved especially helpful in 2020 when the world as we knew it spun out of control, and made a huge difference in the way I responded to the circumstances around me. As we begin 2021, a year with many unknown and uncertainties, I’d like to encourage you to give these five creative habits a try.

3 Ways to Remain Faithful When Life Seems to be Going Nowhere

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My heart trembled as I scanned through the email. My worst fear had come to pass. My application to join an international arts group wasn’t accepted. Coupled with a slew of other job rejections I had received over the last 10 months, this was the last thing I needed.

My Womb May Be Barren, But Not My Heart

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This Christmas was supposed to have been different for my family. I should have entered the last trimester of a pregnancy that had taken my husband and I by absolute surprise and awe. Our daughter should have seen in my growing belly proof that her prayers for a sibling had been heard. Instead, I found myself in pain.

God Often Does His Best Work in the Dark

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It feels safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for most. For me, it is a year where nothing seems to have happened and where everything has happened.

3 Unexpected Gifts of 2020

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A morning swim at the outdoor pools, with the glorious sun on my back. A coffee in a cafe, breathing in the scent of freshly grounded coffee beans. A haircut at the hairdresser’s, watching dead ends snipped away.  Just a few short months ago, the idea of being able to do any of the above seemed like an impossible reality.