What can we learn by physical health and exercise? Randy Hardman shares his thoughts on loving God with all our strength, and how that translated into wholeness for him.
Stop. Breathe. Be. When we are grieving the loss of someone or something that is precious to us, it can become easy to hold onto that pain and let it color our whole lives. The practice of meeting Jesus at the garden can help us to grieve hand-in-hand with the one whose stripes heal our deepest hurts.
What about when I am a good person, do all the right things, serve God with all my heart...and things don't turn out the way they are supposed to turn out? Ben Arnold shares what he learned about bad things happening to good people from a game of chutes and ladders.
October is infant and pregnancy loss awareness month. Our prayers are with all those who are grieving the loss of a child at any stage. Rachel Paddock shares an intimate look into the life and loss of her unborn child, Micah.
As soon as your children become adults and leave home, you stand there thinking, "What now?" Heather Butler shares her transition into having an adult child leave for college, and how grace helps her walk through that transition.
We often pretend that we know what is going on in the life of the church, but somewhere deep inside, we are wondering what in the world Lent is anyway! Patricia Taylor explains what this season of the church is, and why our souls desperately need what Lent has to offer.
Self-harm and suicidal tendencies are destructive forces that touch many lives. But, for the average person, it can be hard to understand, especially for the loved ones of those affected by such difficult problems. Patricia Taylor gives a rare inside look into the thoughts of someone who has struggled with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
My Grandma Arnold passed away last month after a valiant battle with cancer. Her death came on the heels of a messy 2014 – a year that, for me, was littered with fractured friendships, unmet expectations, and the diagnosis of a heart condition.
My mind began to wander, and by some divine hand, it began to journey to the cross. I began to see her life and mine in the light of the suffering—the whip-marks that tore his flesh—the stripes that He says will heal me. I saw my tormented heart reflected in his agony. "Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto his sorrow."
In the marathon of life, we're all running the "first one," and it is filled with countless challenges, unknowns, and "walls" that seem insurmountable. Each of us desperately needs a community that will surround us, love us, encourage us, and remind us that we can do it, to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.