In that moment, I wanted to disappear. I wanted to take back what I said, but for some reason, I couldn’t bring myself to. On the way back home, the only consolation that I could think of is that I’d probably never see the medical assistant ever again.
Writing lost its importance. God was there. I simply stopped acknowledging Him. Before I knew it, it had been over a month since I’d been to church.
When the world seems to have given up on you, He has not. When you have given up on yourself, He has not. You are not an addict. Through Christ, because of Christ, you are more.
Taking every thought captive is definitely not something I have mastered. I still have times where I question my thoughts. I wonder: how did I allow this to happen again?
For those who haven’t had to walk through such extreme pain and really can’t relate, just listen to those hurting around you. Don’t judge their healing journey.
But it is here in the middle of this new stage of motherhood that I realize how important friendships are and also how rare those deep friendships are.
When my eyes opened to how important identity is, singleness became refreshing. It gave me time to understand why I think and process like I do.
This world doesn’t need more physicians, attorneys, or computer geniuses (even though these things are amazing); what we need are men and women who realize that love is the very best dream to pursue.
If we are contrite in our responses to the feedback we receive or the sin that is revealed in us, we have a real chance at growing in our spiritual walk.
Water started rushing into the boat, and I tipped even more. The weight of the water began crushing the kayak, wrapping it around the tree. I thought I was going to die. Yes, you read that right. Die.
No matter where you are with trying to make fitness work for you, be encouraged that you’re not alone. Fitting in fitness can be challenging, but you can do it.
The next few days were a blur. Through conversation with friends and an eventual conversation by phone, I came to find out that she had come to the understanding that she didn’t want to be a pastor’s wife after all. Apparently, she realized this during my ordination.
Don’t allow your mind to be the devil’s playground. You have power and forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ. You have been made new.
I genuinely wanted the Giver to take it back. It was a mistake! You’ve got the wrong address! I screamed, I sobbed, I panicked!
Whether it hitches a ride in your on-the-go bag, rests on your nightstand, or graces your bathroom’s magazine basket, Cultivating Spiritual Growth is a book that should be kept close.
The realization of how Jesus sympathizes with me in my humanness and frailty has changed my perspective in regard to the guilt and shame I’ve carried.
Shane Claiborne is a public speaker, social activist, and author. He strives to strip away all that culture has added to Christianity and get to the core of what following Jesus means.
Our need for instant gratification needs to be put in check with God’s timing. The actions we take today do not always get rewarded immediately.
As long as God is our first priority, He will shift our hearts and passions in the ways they should go. If that means being single or being married, we will find solace in His will.
There have been many times I’ve fallen into a hopeless place, wondering when, if ever, point B would come into view (whatever point B was anyway?).
My parents informed me that the purchase of the car left them without funds to pay for my church’s youth camp. It was inevitable; I needed to find work.
We closed on the sale of our house on December 18th and finished moving our stuff into the Arctic Wolf. I might not have been a shining light that day, but I did hold my tongue…
I can recognize Alistair Begg’s voice almost anywhere. His voice filled the car when I was a child. It bounced around the living room as I grew up, and has even graced my ears as an adult. He is a timeless teacher that has shaped not only my life but millions of other lives, too.
When you find yourself in a place of offense, your mind, heart, and spirit are more than likely unsettled. You may be figuring ways to justify yourself.