Lessons From a Pine Tree: Four Principles for Persevering When Life Feels Heavy

Thank you for clicking and pinning this post to Pinterest. I stared up as the wind rustled through the pines that towered over the playground. Until that moment, I’d never noticed how much weight rested on the top of a tree. Branches sagged under heavy clusters of pinecones, as if they could barely bear the… Continue reading Lessons From a Pine Tree: Four Principles for Persevering When Life Feels Heavy


Carrying a Friend on Faith

*the following blog is an excerpt from a guest post originally featured on The Love Offering Blog Series Sadness lurked over her like a dark, stormy cloud. When days passed without seeing my friend, I became concerned. We pleaded and prayed for new life to grow inside her womb. Yet, before we could dream… Continue reading Carrying a Friend on Faith

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“3 Truths to Help You Persevere Through the Messy Middle” Guest Post by Abby McDonald

There’s nothing like the thrill of beginnings. Whether it’s a move, a new home, project or goal, the exhilaration of a fresh start fills us with momentum. Often, God gives us a vision that keeps us moving forward, even when others don’t understand our objective. We can see how we want things to turn out in our mind’s eye, and this picture propels us. But then, we reach the middle. Real, sometimes grueling work weighs us down. We might face adversity or distractions that keep us from moving with the same confidence in God’s plan. This is what happened to me several years ago, when I took a step of faith....


“The Devil is in the Details” Guest Post by Laura Bailey

I vividly remember the first time these words pricked my ears, causing them to stand at attention like an aroused guard dog. Years of Sunday School had taught me that the devil was bad, but life, itself, had taught me that paying attention to details was good, so this foreign, puzzling expression utterly confused my adolescent brain. Later, my father explained that the expression, the devil is in the details, meant that.......


How to Live Your Best Life

2/06/10 If I follow God's rules I will be rewarded in heaven and the chance to multiply...I'm not sure what that means, but I know good things are going to happen to those who apply His law to their lives. Above is an entry from my journal after reading a passage of scripture from the… Continue reading How to Live Your Best Life

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What Does it Look Like to be a Good Neighbor?

Jesus's greatest command was to love the Lord and love your neighbor as yourself. This begs the question, what does it look like to be a good neighbor right now? What does God's word have to say?   In the book of Numbers, we read a story about a family from the Israelites -God's chosen people.… Continue reading What Does it Look Like to be a Good Neighbor?

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Three Ways to Battle Unbelief

Nothing makes me crazy quite like when my kids whine for breakfast in the morning. It's as if they have so easily forgotten the endless amount of mornings in the past that I have risen and provided them with food without fail. As I've pondered why it is that this bothers me so much I'm… Continue reading Three Ways to Battle Unbelief