AVOIDING HARD Morgan Cheek

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”- Genesis 18:14 We live in a society that avoids pain and discomfort. If we are sick, we take medicine. If we are cold, we build a fire; and if we are warm, we turn up the A/C or find a body of water to cool off in. We might say, “No pain, no gain”; but our lives do not reflect that we really…

Just Bee Neena Gaynor

Busy as a bee, that’s me. A couple years ago, I decided to embark upon the adventure of beekeeping. Despite the inevitable stings, the hobby is rewarding… and not just in jars of honey. While working with some of God’s most disciplined creatures, I started to admire their virtuous characteristics: self-sacrificing, industrious, obedient, and gentle. Spiritually—especially prayerfully—I’m like the busy bee. I had never done much resting in the company…

Have you forgotten about God? Ashley Fisher

Have you ever forgotten about God? I have. I have been through seasons and days where I was hyper-focused on my list of to-dos or became selfish and inward focused or even just got distracted by fun things on the internet. It wasn’t that I was mad at God, or even that I wanted to ignore God, I just wasn’t in the habit of thinking about spiritual things throughout the…

Learning to Be Grateful for an Unexpected Gift from God Liz Curtis Higgs

When I began sharing my diagnosis of endometrial cancer with friends last year, more than one confessed in all caps, “I HATE CANCER!” I get it. Nothing lovable about cancer cells, nothing joyful about malignant tumors, and definitely nothing fun about surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and the rest. But there’s another side to this unexpected journey. Some glorious, eye-opening, wouldn’t-trade-anything-for-them moments came when I was willing to embrace this truth…

A Day to Remember, and a Day to Hope Beth Holmes

This past summer, we took a family vacation to Dallas, Texas. Dallas is rich in historical sites, such as the Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr. We saw the X on the road where the bullet struck JFK, and then we saw the preserved corner of the building where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired those shots. We heard archived video footage…

No Qualifications Required Julie Davis

Show of hands: who, at some point in life, has belted out their current favorite song into a hairbrush or while in the shower? If anyone could see you at that moment, no doubt they would think you were prepping for your American Idol audition. I don’t know about you, but despite my ability to remember every lyric to every Debbie Gibson song, I am in no way qualified to…

Faith-Prayer-Discipline-Repeat Theresa Rowe

Oh, the times when God feels so close we never want the experience to end! In mountain top moments my strength is renewed, and I feel deeply connected to God. My inner warrior stands tall, speaks boldly and my confidence soars like on “wings of eagles.” In these moments I can feel the strength of the Lord rising within me. During these times I am reading the Word of God…

The Crutch of Comfort Erika Opperman

“Maxy, you can do it.  Walk to Mommy.” “But I can’t Mommy,” my youngest protested as he held his wound. “Does your foot hurt?” “No Mommy, but I need my boot.” Just a week prior we found ourselves in the ER with my littlest love, Max, after jumping on the couch landed us in the hospital, and him with 5 stitches in the bottom of his little chubby foot.  It’s…

Made for Another World 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? 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…