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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.

How Can I Pray with Confidence When Life Is So Uncertain?

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Do you ever pray with reservations? It goes like this: you ask God for something, but you’re not sure if He’ll give it; so you still pray but you’re not holding your breath, because you don’t want to get your hopes up.

Shattered Dreams

A friend had been working at a job he loved for many years when he was suddenly laid off.

4 Ways to Reignite Joy When Life Feels Disappointing

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“Sian . . . I had to cancel my travel plans.” That is probably one of the most frequent complaints I’ve heard from both friends and even myself in light of the COVID-19 situation. While a cancelled holiday is a first-world problem that I’m not proud to be fussing over, especially when many others are struggling to stay afloat, I had been looking forward to a nice holiday after months of working hard, and that disappointment in seeing my plans fall apart is real.

How God Worked Through My Failures at Work

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In January, for some reason I did poorly enough that my manager called me out in the department meeting as the staff who scored the lowest audit. I laughed it off to hide my shame, and assured my boss that I would do better in the months to come. Outwardly, I seemed strong, but inside I was hurting from the condemnation. 

EPL Champions After 30 Years: What Liverpool's Win Taught Me About Victory and Defeat

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It’s the moment every Liverpool fan has been dreaming of. After 30 long years, countless close runs, and a three-month delay no thanks to Covid-19, Liverpool Football Club have finally been crowned Champions of English football, with a record-breaking seven games in hand and a 23-point lead.

When Church Doesn't Meet Your Expectations

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As a pastor, I’m used to hearing from people that they feel disconnected from their (or our) church, even if they are deeply involved. Their experience simply hasn’t measured up to what they had hoped it might be. If you feel disconnected from your church, you’re not alone.

Where Was God in My Job-Hunting Struggles?

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By the end of my second summer after college, I was still jobless and had moved back in with my parents—something I vowed I would never do.

Putting the Joy Back into Surrendering

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Life is hard. We face broken relationships, disappointment, discouragement, ostracism, illnesses, and day-to-day things like the frustration of squeezing with the morning crowd, assignments and chores that won’t complete themselves, nights when we straddle between exhaustion and insomnia—the list is endless.