Suffering Well

Morgan CheekSuffering0 Comments

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters (waters of rest). He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness (in right paths) for His name’s sake.” —Psalm 23:1-3 At one of my previous jobs, my boss (who might be reading this and … Read More

What Should We Do When We Suffer?

Starla CanningSuffering0 Comments

Everyone suffers. Everyone. And while it is true that no one person suffers the same as another, humans will suffer nonetheless. The moment Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, we were guaranteed a lifetime of suffering while on this earth. There are many ways to undergo this. Sometimes suffering is brought on by no one other than ourselves. … Read More

Cancer, Loss, and Suffering Well

Beth HolmesUncategorized1 Comment

In 2009, we learned that my mother had stage four breast cancer. After almost three years of treatments, and just before my son’s second birthday, she lost her battle on February 23, 2012. On December 15, 2014, a very kind doctor told me that I also had breast cancer. The good news was that my cancer was caught early. Although … Read More

Hope vs. Despair

Ashley FisherUncategorized0 Comments

I sank to the floor sobbing. I was exhausted and utterly heartbroken. In the middle of an extremely difficult season of life, I found out I was pregnant, only to find out something wasn’t quite right. I had known since my four week appointment that my numbers weren’t adding up, but it wasn’t until I was almost 10 weeks pregnant, … Read More

Hope for Believing

Melissa GilmourHope0 Comments

This summer I decided to clear the space beside my deck of the remnants of my failed vegetable gardens over the years. We actually got some edible tomatoes and cucumbers last year, but mostly we just grow contorted vegetables or no vegetables. Bugs come and eat them or disease comes and rots them. That’s our dismal garden history. This year, … Read More

Fuel Hope, Not Despair

Emily WaltersHope0 Comments

Hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true: to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment: to expect with confidence Sometimes even the Webster’s dictionary gives a faith-filled girl goose bumps. Simply to write out these beautifully-worded definitions stirs desire and expectation in my heart. I know I am not alone when I … Read More

Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

'Carrow McClendonHope5 Comments

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13 (NLT) Hope is such a beautiful word. According to Merriam-Webster, hope is “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen … Read More

Lessons from Grandpa

Erika OppermanUncategorized0 Comments

“So Moses told the people of Israel what the LORD had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery…” —Exodus 6.9 (NIV) After the third ring, I was shocked to hear the familiar, “Hell-oooo,” on the other end. For the past week, I had been trying to get a hold … Read More

Prayers of His Saints

Morgan CheekUncategorized1 Comment

“There was a time I could not imagine saying this, but you know, I would not take it away if I could. God has used it for the good.” “As much of a hard, gut-wrenching time as it was… losing my baby taught me more about God than anything else that has ever occurred in my life. I can’t wish … Read More

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?

Starla CanningUncategorized2 Comments

Feeling Unhinged? How Does Your Prayer Life Look Lately?   Prayer. In the realm of spiritual disciplines, praying is the one where I constantly feel like I fall short. Where I fail miserably.  Prayer requires me to sit still, which is hard for me to do. It requires me to open up, to be vulnerable and submissive, which goes against … Read More