Hope for the Hurting
Maureen Hager was searching for love and acceptance when she was lured into an outlaw biker gang. A rival gang opened fire on their clubhouse and she was severely wounded. During the devastating circumstances that followed, God intervened. He reached into the pit and pulled her out. Are you facing devastating circumstances? Read more for how Maureen found hope in God.
I spent my earlier years very much like Martha: a Type-A, driven, achiever, and prized myself on how long my to-do list was, and how much of it I accomplished every day. Until one day…I just couldn’t do any more. That began my journey to understand that God loves you regardless of how much you do for Him. He loves you because of whose you are.
Even though life may not be going according to our plans, God desires for us to be joyful in the midst of the shocks and hurts. Joy is not surface deep, but soul deep. It doesn’t come and go but just is. Joy is not a result of our circumstances, but results in knowing our God and enjoying him no matter our circumstances. It isn’t something we can fake or produce within ourselves. In today’s post, Tracy Steel shares about how to experience God’s joy.
I’ll never forget that day. It rocked our world like none other. “Mr. Bengtson, I’d advise you and your wife go home and get your affairs in order. You will be dead in less than two years.” As we drove home from that doctor’s appointment, hand in hand, tears flowed readily as we wondered what our future held, but determined to continue to look to the One who held our future. Do miracles happen in real life? It was then, and still is now, our belief that God still performs miracles today.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Wendy Speake about all things related to a Social Media Fast on a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast. She shares more about what she’s noticed with us here (warning…you just might feel a tad convicted like I was after reading her experience ;-)).
We all seem to be looking down these days. I wonder if that’s why many of us feel down too. We perpetually bow our heads, but not in prayer. While we might believe prayer works, we don’t have the time to get on our knees because we’re on our phones. Checking in online, responding to a text, watching a YouTube video—then looking up just in time to snap a picture of the sunset. As we post it to social media, we realize our neck aches and that we forgot to switch out the laundry.
We need a break. A holy hiatus. A social media sabbatical.
I don’t know about you, and maybe it’s just me, but it seems easy to be thankful when everything is going well in life. But what about the difficult times, the trials that catch us by surprise? These 25 unusual things to be thankful for will help you express gratitude in the good times as well as the difficult times.
As an author, and one who has many writer friends, I curated this list of my top recommendations for the best gifts for writers. These great gifts are unique, practical and useful. Good for Christmas and all throughout the year.
Many, especially in this space, know me as an author, but I have always been an avid reader—reading somewhere between 50-100 books a year. Friends often ask me for my “best picks” for what to read next. So if you’re looking for books to put on your Christmas wish list, or books to buy for your reader loved one, you’ll definitely want to check out these 32 great gifts for readers and book lovers. They are perfect Christmas gifts for the Christian readers on your list.
I shop for stocking stuffers all year long, and I’m always excited to get new, fun ideas to surprise my family with. Your family will love this huge list of practical gifts that are both useful and unique. 60 top 2020 Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for teens, adults and in-laws.
The holidays can be a stressful time. In an effort to lighten your load, and help you stress less this Christmas, I’ve culled a list of 36 great Christmas gifts for 2020 that you can find on Amazon! Take care of your shopping without leaving the comfort of your own home. Still in need of the perfect gift for that special someone on your list? Hopefully you’ll find that here from my recommended list of gifts.
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