Being thankful isn’t always easy. Most of us have lost loved ones or lost relationships once very valuable to us. Many have suffered financial hardship or emotional or physical pain. And there are those who are in a season of waiting for an answered prayer or who may be going through a spiritual valley. It’sContinue reading “How to Be Thankful in Seasons of Loss, Pain, and Waiting”
How much do you want to live for the Lord, really? There’s a group of 4 teens. We’ll call them Jane, Mary, Mark, and Joe. Jane and Mary come into the church as young women. Jane goes all in. She studies the Word. She’s engaged in every church service, but Jane doesn’t just keep itContinue reading “A Tale of Four Teens: How Committed to Christ Are You?”
They hurt you. Maybe they meant to. But it’s hard to move on and forgive when they seem to forget all about you. Or maybe they didn’t mean to, but it doesn’t matter. You can’t forget. And so you remember, and you seethe, and you stew, hoping someday they’ll get what’s coming to them. AndContinue reading “On Anger and Forgiveness”
I saw someone share a post on social media the other day that countered the saying, “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” It explained that, sometimes, we are given more than we can handle because it is in those moments that we are to lean on God for strength to get throughContinue reading “3 Characteristics of Depression in the Bible”
Before You Curse the Rain Before you curse the rain for daring tovisit,The raindrop for plopping onto your head,Remember,Every drop that descends from the sky,often to your dread,Is a reminder of every promise of God.Just like every raindrop waters the grass,Bringing forth the springtime bud,So is every promise.A word of God descending, falling, and watering.AndContinue reading ““Before You Curse the Rain” and Other Poems by Camrie Houck”
Depression. We’ve all been there. Whether we’ve lost a loved one or suffered another kind of loss or setback, most of us know what it is like to struggle with feelings of depression. But depression affects us all differently and to varying degrees. I’ve been reading Rev. Carlton Coon’s book Light in a Dark Place:Continue reading “Navigating a Season of Depression”
“Jesus over everything,” you say as you forget to spend time with Him that day. You say you put Him first, but you spend half the day without a word in prayer. Then, you pray, but you’re distracted. What is it that’s consumed your attention? Your Instagram account? Tik Tok? The news? Or perhaps it’sContinue reading “What Does “Jesus Over Everything” Mean?”
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