Finding Peace in the Face of Family Stress

via Life is full of choices, isn’t it? One of the hardest choices for me personally is choosing my response in stressful situations. And the situations that seem the most difficult? Family matters. Ah yes, you know what I’m talking about? Aunt Susie and Uncle Billy enjoy a wonderful marriage, but all the sudden, [...]

By |2022-05-06T19:20:16+00:00May 6th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

If You Don’t Feel Content, Read This

via Sometimes I have a hard time with the word “contentment.” Maybe it’s because I’m single, and well-meaning people like to tell me, “You’ll meet someone once you’re truly content with where you are now.” Or maybe it’s because, single or not, this contentment thing has always felt like an impossible game to win. [...]

By |2022-05-06T19:02:10+00:00May 6th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

What Good is Grief?

via It was early fall when I pushed my nearly empty shopping cart through my favorite superstore, grabbing a handful of groceries. I eyed the tiny, pumpkin-themed newborn clothes and the brightly colored board books, remembering days long gone when my boys were littles. There I stood, with some coffee creamer and laundry detergent [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:42:19+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

To the One Who Longs to Feel Known

via Songs of soft praise laced with the warm scent of coffee hovered in the air as cheerful ladies trickled through the doors and walked toward the sound of their names, beckoned by familiar voices. I was new in town and had barely talked myself into attending the Ladies’ Night at church, where no [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:40:46+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

The Easy Way to Rest When You’re Exhausted

via I eyed the bright numbers on the clock telling me I’d be lucky to get four hours of sleep that night. Hitting “send” on my paper, I stumbled into bed, murmuring, “Once I graduate, then I’ll be able to rest.” But over the years that followed, that midnight promise morphed to match new [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:39:02+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

Spring Cleaning for Your Soul

via Each spring arrives in God’s perfect timing and this year is no different. The signs of spring’s arrival are promising progress! Last week the brave, first flowers appeared in their beds, contrasting their pretty purple hues and dark green leaves against the dull mulch. Several mornings I awoke to the music of birds [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:35:32+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

Spring Forward in Faith

via I recently moved to an area that has seasons and it’s a whole new experience for me. I've been mesmerized by the changing leaves, watching them as they shift from green to fiery reds and oranges, and just recently the trees that spent the whole winter with bare branches have sprouted small, white [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:33:08+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

Go to Jesus

by Max Lucado Christ lived the life we could not live, and took the punishment we could not take, to offer the hope we cannot resist. Why? Jesus was angry enough to purge the temple, distraught enough to weep in public, winsome enough to attract kids, poor enough to sleep on dirt, responsible enough to [...]

By |2022-04-13T14:30:29+00:00April 13th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

A Prayer to Trust God in Uncertain Times

A Prayer to Trust God in Uncertain Times via For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar... And I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely within my hand. I set all the stars in space and established the earth. I [...]

By |2022-03-09T18:58:49+00:00March 9th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments

Contagious Joy

Contagious Joy by Max Lucado Everyone is looking for joy. Marketing companies know this. Every commercial promises the same product: joy. Want some joy? Buy our hand cream. Want some joy? Sleep on this mattress. Want some joy? Eat at this restaurant, drive this car, wear this dress. Every commercial portrays the image of a [...]

By |2022-03-09T18:48:18+00:00March 9th, 2022|Encouragement|0 Comments
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