The Gift Behind Every Struggle

Sometimes, our struggles make us feel like an exhausted swimmer in a riptide. Our intentions get us nowhere. We see the shore. It doesn’t look far, but we just can’t make it. We’re tired and need rest. We keep striving, and fear begins to overwhelm us. Perhaps, in those moments God whispers, “Your intention is not my direction.” [Tweet “Good intentions

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5 Ways to Plant Seeds of Faith

People emotionally connect when they share their vulnerabilities and victories. These commonalities tear down the walls of division because we realize we’re human. For Christians, however, the conversation often includes our faith. But it’s not easy when there’s resistance. We can, however, plant seeds of faith. In a public gathering, at a company lunchroom, or even with family members, sharing our

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Unrelenting Prayers for Prodigals

On September 29, 1985, a young former Catholic woman came face-to-face with a disturbing stranger staring at her in the mirror. That morning, I examined the aftermath of another late night. I stared at the dark circles under my eyes wondering why makeup stopped masking my indulgent life. Ten years of addictive and reckless living left me empty of self-respect,

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God Hears Your Prayers

God isn’t tired of hearing your questions or problems. God hears your prayers, and He’s ready to answer. “Lord, please help me to forgive.” “Lord, please help my parents accept you as their Lord and Savior.” “Lord, we need a car.” “Lord, help me understand your will for my life.” “Lord, deliver my friend from cigarette addiction.” These are a

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Under New Spiritual Management

Working for one company throughout your corporate career is no longer the norm. Last week, my husband announced that he wouldn’t be traveling anymore. The company he worked for downsized, and the new size didn’t include him. Our first thought was to manage the situation, but we soon realized there was someone already managing our affairs—God. Have you ever experienced

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Awaken My Dormant Heart

Las Vegas heat triggered a dormant-like state for my Labrador Retriever, Charly. He shed fur all summer while his ninety-five-pound body lay across the best air-conditioned spot in the house. His daily routine became unhealthy inactivity. To keep him active, I had to get up before dawn and take him for a cooler desert walk, or he’d remain dormant. In

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