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 OppermanErika Opperman0 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

Praying in Times of Trouble

Beth HolmesUncategorized1 Comment

Where do you turn when you are facing a difficult situation? I’d like to give you the “churchy” answer and tell you that I always turn to Jesus when I need help, but that wouldn’t be the truth. The truth is, I turn to the internet, my Bible study friends, magazines, and a host of other fixes when I need … Read More

Waiting Stinks: A Prayer for Those Waiting

Ashley FisherUncategorized1 Comment

Waiting. Stinks. Waiting for a new job, a baby, for someone we know to change, to find out the results. Waiting can be flat out excruciating. From the time my husband Adam found out about his cancer diagnosis, the days of waiting to find out how much cancer was in his body felt like an eternity. The wondering was grueling. … Read More


Kim VernettiUncategorized2 Comments

As soon as my husband and I stepped out of the baptismal waters, I jumped feet first into every class and group I could get myself into. I was hungry for knowledge and had spent years watching friends and family serve in their churches. I simply couldn’t wait to do the same now that I had Jesus in my heart … Read More

What Failure Has Taught Me About Forgiveness

Melissa GilmourUncategorized2 Comments

The stereotype is true that the more kids you have, the more you let go. I used to think of it as a frazzled and frustrated letting things go, the type that elicits searing thoughts like, What a shame, she’s really let herself go. You know the picture—a disheveled mom with greasy hair and milk-stained t-shirt wearing the same sweatpants … Read More

Not Jazzed for Jesus?

Emily WaltersEmily Walters0 Comments

I am relieved Christianity isn’t based on what I bring to the table. If that were the case, the only thing I would bring would be a huge heap of emotional instability. Consistency is not my forte. I excel, however, in wavering and wandering. With that thought in mind, today I am encouraged in two ways. First, I do not … Read More

You are Stronger than You Think: From Quitter to Overcomer

Erika OppermanUncategorized6 Comments

My name is Erika and I’m a quitter. From the time I was just a knee-high and pigtail wearing little girl, when the going got tough, I quit. Anything from basketball to piano lessons in childhood to various positions and even ministry jobs. It didn’t matter how big or small the task, how prestigious the position, or routine the responsibility, … Read More