How Much Help is Too Much

The Tug Between Submission and Self-reliance Christians help others. We reflect God’s love, practice selflessness, build relationships, and that provides a euphoric feeling. But too much help isn’t good either; we may need to help less. So, how much help is too much? We should respond with Godly obedience when we see a need, but the carnal mind reacts with

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Why Carry Shame? God’s Got This One!

“Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us“ – Charles Spurgeon  I recently read Charles Spurgeon’s autobiography. Even though his ministry took place over 150 years ago, I found his stories to be relevant for today because he was honest and vulnerable.    Sometimes, it’s difficult to be vulnerable because we don’t want to

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Find and Live Your God Assignment

If we could pursue any vocation where money, position, gender, education, or age wasn’t an issue, what would we do? How many things would fade from our mental “must do” list as we imagine the possibilities? For many of us, external demands have carved our fate, plotted our course, and launched us into a whirlwind. Our dreams that once bubbled

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Letting Go of Our Christian Angst to Find Our Happy Calm

In a perfect world, relationships should come with an investment guarantee: This person will not break your heart, offend you, manipulate you, or neglect you. Sometimes, I feel like a spiritual black sheep when it comes to relationships, rather than a white fluffy-puff of goodness. Girlfriends can be hard to bear when estrogen levels drop, relatives can be exhausting, and

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How to Face Change without Freaking Out

We live in a world of change: environment changes, fashion changes, technology changes, and even our hearts change as we grow in spiritual maturity. So, why does change put our defenses into a panic? Change announces there will be an unforeseen result. Our present situation will be replaced by something unfamiliar and our faith is challenged. We can’t stop life

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Find Sufficiency in Broken Expectations

There are times when we meditate on the Lord, and we know God is our sufficiency. But, when finances, estranged relationships, or demanding responsibilities threats our well-being we still meditate but often on the wrong things. When I experience fear or apprehension, it’s usually because I’ve focused on “lack” or “load.” Either my expectations were not met (lack) or I

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