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5 Verses to Help You Navigate a “New Normal”

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Now, just as many of us are finally getting used to things, transition is back on the horizon. Once again, it will be stressful. Overwhelming. Isolating. Traumatic. It’s exhausting to think about. But here are five verses that can help us as we prepare for another “new normal.”

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?

How to Argue with Your Significant Other

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What comes to mind when you hear the word argue? In the past, it denoted something negative in my mind—quarrels laced with pent up frustration and misunderstanding. I hated arguing because of the resulting tension and awkwardness, so I would avoid it at all costs.

Jessica Tanoesoedibjo: Why I Donate My Birthdays Away

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As the daughter of an Indonesian billionaire, Jessica Tanoesoedibjo, 25, could have spent her time and money on throwing lavish parties or jet-setting around the world to enjoy herself. Instead, she uses her birthday to raise funds for social causes such as anti-slavery, clean water, and disaster relief.

When Suffering Doesn't Make Sense

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In July, I received some bad news from relatives in Taiwan about my cousin. Her cancer had returned, and this time, it was terminal. I was shocked to hear the news, since I had just recently seen her posting happy photos of her travels in Japan on social media.

Lisa Anderson: Creating A Safe Space for Teen Moms

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Shame and helplessness were among the emotions Lisa Anderson fought when she fell pregnant at 17-years-old. Prior to her pregnancy, she had had a rough few years, starting with her mom leaving the family when she was just 15. Her mom’s departure led to a breakdown in her relationship with God.

God Is Fair Even When Your Workplace Isn't

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Sometimes I feel like I’m a failure, unworthy to accept His grace. Yet, God doesn’t keep my “failures” in His check-and-balance book. Instead, as Max Lucado puts it in his book, Come Thirsty, God beckons me to come “drink deeper in grace.”

What I Got Wrong About Grace

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Some time in my early 20s, I sat across the table from my mentor and pleaded with her to explain how grace worked. Life wasn’t quite going the way I wanted and I’d subconsciously been trying to “live right” in the hope that I could wrangle some blessings out of God. I’d exhausted myself, and still my attempts weren’t working.

4 Ways Your Pastor Might Be Struggling More Than You Think

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When news broke on the suicide of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein from Inland Hills Church, California, a concerned friend sent me a message to appreciate my work and to find out how I was doing. It was a nice gesture triggered by a sense of shock that was shared by many others in the world. How could it be that a pastor who seemed to “have it all together,” was so overwhelmed by the pressures of pastoral ministry and personal struggles that he took his own life?