The Importance of Seeking a Spiritual Mentor

One of the best pieces of advice that I have received was to find a spiritual mentor, someone to study God’s Word with me, hold me accountable, and be the voice of wisdom when my…
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Loving Ourselves: Do We Have a Healthy Self-Esteem?

  “The second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”     -Mark 12:31a NKJV   We  may  have  heard  this  verse  countless  times.  Message:  Love  others.    But  what  about  the  part  that…
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Make Psalms One of Your Best Friends

The book of Psalms drew me deeper into a love for God. I knew Him and loved Him when I was a preteen, but I really understood more about His character by getting lost in…
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If You Miss a Quiet Time

I don’t care how many times I hit the snooze button, some mornings I just can’t wake up. Then reality hits me, I see what time it is and rush to get ready, racing out…
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If I Forgive, Am I Excusing the Wrong?

I’ve often heard the word “forgive” thrown around among Christians, but rarely an explanation of what it means is ever provided. It’s clear that Jesus wants us to forgive, and that’s what many Christians have…
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Is It OK To Be a Work in Progress?

I’m in a rut. I seem to be making nothing but mistakes. I’ve fallen down the same hole, it seems, far too much. Whatever sin it is I’m struggling with—gossip, a hot temper, unforgiveness—it seems…
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What Does it Mean to Follow Christ?

  What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?   Now, in asking this question, I mean, at its core, what is the essence of the Christian faith? What does it look like?…
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Draped in Colors: How to Remind Yourself That You’re Loved

There are few things more beautiful than the vast array of sun beams that streak across the sky as the sun begins a new day. Or the blinding brilliance of a peacock’s feathers when it…
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Condemnation vs. Conviction: How to Tell the Difference

It amazes me how I can go from praising the Lord while singing along with Christian music in my car to yelling at the person who cut me off—almost simultaneously. But sometimes I react and…
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Indignant: When Others Wrongly Accuse Us

What do we do when a classmate says that we spread gossip about her or that we lied to a teacher when, clearly, we didn’t? It’s easy to get indignant in that type of situation,…
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Does God Want Me to Have Everything Together?

Our  society  nowadays  discourages  fear,  hurt,  and  anger.  The  ideal  person  in  this  world  “has  everything  together.”  We  look  up  to  that  expectation  and  make it  our  goal.  But  what  we’re  really  trying  to  be…
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Is God Just an Afterthought?

Sometimes twenty-four hours doesn’t seem like enough of a day. We are always getting distracted, always wasting time on Faceb–wait, this problem has been in existence for a lot longer than Facebook. For pete’s sake, busyness…
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Do I Have to Kneel to Pray?

There’s one praise song that makes me want to kneel every time I hear it. First stand, and then kneel. “The Great I Am” stirs my heart with so much love and respect for God…
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Making a Difference One Conversation at a Time

Confession time—I’m a recovering people-pleaser. I want people to like me. I want to make people feel good and, I don’t want to upset anybody. That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not. Not…
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