Encouraging and serving others is challenging while navigating through hard times. Here are 4 reasons to keep sharing Jesus, especially when the world feels upside down.
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There they sit, in silence and grief. Their friend is gone. They feel the loss. The emptiness. The heaviness of the…previous day.
And the one person who can make it all better…Gone.
There is silence…just a gaping hole in their heart – and deafening silence…
As Christ lives in us and guides us to serve others, we must be healthy in all facets of our lives – spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally, and yes, even financially – ready in whatever way He calls us to serve.
Just like I had done with all the clutter in my home, I had taken emotional junk – hurts, struggles, doubts, and fears – and crammed it into hiding places within my heart and closed it off so others wouldn’t see my messy struggles. Here’s the hard truth: when I shut the door to…
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! Psalm 95:6 ESV by Stephanie K Adams It seems each year the holiday season begins earlier than the year before and it gets more stressful as the demands to pull off a Pinterest-perfect event of epic portions weighs heavily on the…
by Gwen Williams Contributing Writer Intentional prayer and listening prayer can happen successfully when you practice embracing the gift of quiet time. We know that Jesus went up into the mountains away from the people in order to hear the voice of God. We also know that if we rush around and pack our…
God longs to fellowship with us and He wants to be an important part of our every day. Being intentional in our conversations with Him, not only gives Him joy, but gives us so much more.
We can find strength and wisdom to survive and even thrive by focusing on Who God is and the many promises He has given to us
In all of the busyness and hurry, we can get overwhelmed with the ‘doing’ and forget about just ‘being’.
How can we slow our pace and become more intentional and focused on the birth of Jesus—Emmanuel, God with us—the newborn King?
BLOOM – Where He Plants You by Liz Giertz, Contributing Writer I recently planted what I thought were Impatiens in some pots on my front porch. I grew up with these flowers around my house and knew they would bloom in shady areas. But as I was freeing the last seedling from it’s carrier…
Pruning things from our lives ensures we have the energy to accomplish God’s calling
Has God planted a dream in your heart?
A deep-seeded desire that you just can’t seem to shake.
Have you been waiting for what feels like an eternity for your desire to take root? For sprouts to emerge proving progress? For it to finally bear fruit?
Through Kara’s own words, you will experience joy through the small moments of life as she shares how to live fully, love big, and die well. And, you will discover Jesus in mundane moments of a life lived beautifully.
I re-read the letter. It has become a ritual. A letter penned through the cries of praise. Every year, at the same time – February – the date of my cancer diagnosis. I re-read the letter to remember. Remember the miracle God did through a battle for my life, and my soul. I take just a moment…
5 Suggestions to Get You Started in Bible Study
My friend, Wendy Blight, is releasing a new Bible Study, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God. Wendy teaches how the very names of God reveal His character and heart. I’d love to share with you part one of “A Conversation with Wendy Blight” about Writing Books and Bible Studies
Whether you are new to studying the Bible or have been reading it for years, here are 4 ways to prepare before you start.
Now more than ever Christians must know what the Word of God says. We won’t learn what He says through browsing social media and letting someone else do our Bible studying for us, regurgitating their version of the Word (and, yes, that even includes this blog and all of the writers here at Real…
Although our struggles in America, as real and as important as they are, can in no way compare to the suffering of Christians around the world, all of us can find comfort in the Word of God given through Peter in this letter.
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The loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, sibling, niece or nephew, in-law, friend or child creates a hole begging to be filled and a seat at the table that remains empty.
What do you say on that day when hearts are broken and feelings are frayed? I learned three things that matter.
She would have been fifteen.
For some reason I just assume that I only make girls.
She would have been fifteen.
For some reason I just assume that I only make girls. Being a self-professed girly girl, I soak in all the sugar and spice. Fairy tales and make believe, chasing after dreams like clouds thinking if…
It’s so easy to be consumed by the demands this world urges me to grab on to relating to this blessed season, which has been hijacked by the compulsion to prove something; that I’ve hosted the best parties, prepared the yummiest food, purchased the greatest gifts, strung up the most beautiful decorations, found the ugliest…
The Christmas miracle recorded in scripture began with a normal, ordinary man saying yes to an uncertain future.
That same God calls to His children today from the pages of His Word, and sometimes it feels uncertain, improbable, unlikely.
Obedience may look like risk, but it’s actually the safest place we can be.
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed or discouraged by your circumstances this season, rejoice in knowing that the best is yet to come.
Hope is knowing that what we face today – joy or angst – will pale in comparison with the glory of God’s eternal best for us in His Kingdom.
Church hurt: a term use to describe hurt caused by other Christians. Where there is church hurt, there you will find the enemy. Sitting slyly in the corner, rubbing his hands together in delight with a glint of evil pleasure in his eyes relishing in the fact that God’s children are fighting…each other…and not him!
”If I were your enemy, I’d use every opportunity to bring old wounds to mind, as well as the people, events, and circumstances that caused them. I’d try to ensure that your heart was hardened with anger and bitterness. Shackled through unforgiveness.” —Priscilla Shirer, Fervent
”If I were your enemy, I’d make everything seem urgent, as if it’s all yours to handle. I’d bog down your calendar with so many expectations you couldn’t tell the difference between what’s important and what’s not. Going and doing, guilty for ever saying no, trying to control it all, but just being controlled by…
If the enemy can misdirect our focus onto the people or circumstances around us as the source of our struggle, rather than clearly identifying him as the source of our problems, he can keep us distracted from our goals and purpose by keeping us fighting against them rather than against him.
Passion combined with fervent prayer is an explosive weapon against the enemy. That’s why he wants to dull your desire. He knows if he can steal that fire inside you, you will be an easier target for discouragement. If he can get you so discouraged you stop praying, you become ineffective.