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Thorns of Suffering in the Life of a Rose

The day Adam and Eve sinned, they were marked with a curse of hardship, thorns, and death. And this curse spread to each of us… Have you wondered why Christians suffer? If Christ rescued us from sin’s curse, why do we still experience pain and hardship? In part one of this article series, The Curse …

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You Don’t Have To Finish Healing Today

“It’s going to be a long process,” my friend repeated yet again. I took a shaky breath. “Long process . . . what fun to look forward to.” Sarcasm. “But at least it’s okay that I’m not okay.” The thing is, I want to be okay already. It was nice to be hugged and have …

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You Are Small. Let Love Be Enough.

You are small. Does that scare you? You are small, my dear,and the sky is not everything.Beyond it are starsbeyond thatthe Love that holds it alltogether. You are small: you do not have to be big enough to hold everyone’s sorrow in a moment. Let Love be enough. You Do Not Have To Hold It …

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What I Learned from Job During Quarantine

Coronavirus and quarantine have changed our lives. They trashed our schedules and taught us the value of digitized communication. We have faced sickness, isolation, loneliness, and depression. Finally, quarantine has given us many opportunities to question God and his goodness in trials. One striking example of suffering in the Bible is Job’s life. The book …

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What Conquers Fear?

My heart beat faster. Little beads of sweat dampened my hands. What would I say? What would people think of me? What if they didn’t actually like me?  These thoughts plagued me at every social event. Even during casual conversations, anxiety surfaced.  I just wanted to be loved and accepted. I wanted validation.  Does Self-Love …

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Waiting for God

As Christians, we bring all sorts of requests to God, including prayers for guidance, health, a godly spouse, or a friend’s salvation. Sometimes God answers these prayers right away. But other times, he tells us to wait. All of us will eventually have to wait for an answer to prayer. A few months ago, I …

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Don’t Let Your Pain Become A Wall

You’re hiding again, curled up by the window, tears streaking down your face. With a frustrated sigh, you wipe at your cheeks, trying to stop crying. You’re breaking down again, as if this hasn’t already happened a half dozen times this week. Why are things like this? Why can’t you just hold it together?  Beside …

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