Made for Another World by Starla Canning

I love the beach. My husband and I are what you call “beach people.” Last month we spent our annual family vacation at the gulf. It was a fabulous week—swimming all day long, toes in the white sand, picturesque turquois water. It was perfect, that is it was until we had to leave. As Joe pulled our family van from the drive of our rental and we made our way…

Is Loss a Four-Letter Word? by Becky Barnhart

Everyone deals with and experiences loss. No one escapes its hurts, because loss doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, gender, culture, religion, or anything else. It doesn’t care how much money we have or don’t have, what our marital status is or isn’t, or whether we’re a size 2 or 22. It’s real and it happens to all of us. It’s easy to think of loss only in terms of…

Your Words Matter

Words. They bear weight. God created the entire universe with His words. God called Jesus “the Word” and the Bible “the word of God.” Words are how the disciples shared that Jesus had come to earth and died for the sins of the world, broadcasting the gospel all over the earth. And at the close of the Bible, it says believers will overcome the enemy by “the blood of the…

Where is Your Hope? by Ali Propst

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 15:13 It was early morning September 1st—now ten years ago. The phone rang. It was my dad. In between the tears he said, “Mom’s gone.” My brain didn’t comprehend his comment—wait, she is in remission, I just…

Reflecting Christ in Our Relationships

In this era of social media, we all have a platform. Some of us use our platforms to share cute animal videos (I love the mini dachshund ones). Others of us share photos of our families. Still others use social media to promote political and personal agendas. Whether or not you use Facebook, we are responsible for how we view and treat the people we encounter. I am increasingly aware…

The Thin Line Between Life and Lie by Julie Davis

I’m a big fan of podcasts. When I’m getting ready in the morning, driving in my car or cleaning my house, there’s a good chance I’m listening to a podcast. I’m such a fan I rarely listen to standard radio or music anymore. Several of my favorite podcasts feature a host interviewing a guest. They each put their own spin on asking what the guest is really into or liking…

Stretch

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” —Isaiah 54:2 As a child, sitting in the willow tree in my backyard gave me a new perspective of the world. If I followed the reach of its branches out far enough, I could see two streets over, where an ivy vine wrapped itself around my neighbors’ gutter. I…

When God Isn’t Answering Our Prayers by Lysa TerKeurst

When God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers it can be hard. Sometimes, downright awful. One minute I’m determined to trust God. In the next, I feel myself slipping. The “why” questions tumble in so hard. My heart hurts. My eyes leak. Ever been there? I don’t want to oversimplify what to do in these times. I know from prayer requests I’ve received over the years many of us…

God’s Great Love

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8 As I stared at the sleeping, pudgy, pink bundle I held in my arms I was overwhelmed with a feeling I had never experienced before. He was absolutely breathtaking. I loved everything about him—his lips, his ever-so-kissable cheeks, the little rolls on the back of his neck, even his…

Merry Christmas!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” —John 1:1–5 (NIV) Merry Christmas!…