The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Depression can be perpetuated by focusing on ourselves and our own pain, but when we focus instead on others and their needs, our own pain is lessened. It makes us feel good and gives us a fresh perspective of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10 that says, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” Read more for how to shift your focus when you’re feeling down or in despair.

10 Traits of Grace-Based Friends

10 Traits of Grace-Based Friends

God created us for fellowship, first with Him and then with others. Friendship is a gift from God, and toward the end of His ministry, Jesus even referred to His disciples as His friends. I’ve been blessed by several dear friendships over my life, but I’ve also experienced the dismay from toxic relationships. What a difference a grace-filled friend can make in our life. Are your friends grace-based or toxic? Read more as Mary DeMuth shares about 10 traits of grace-based friends and how you can use these traits to analyze the kindness level of your current friendships.