faith


12

Feb 2016

On Waiting & Walking Through Open Doors

By: Rachel Brown When we’re waiting and praying and dreaming for something, it’s hard to know exactly how to move forward. It’s easy to second-guess ourselves as we mentally sort through the process, asking ourselves plenty of questions along the way. Do we need to seek out stillness, reveling in our quiet time with God? Or should we be continually walking through open doors, submersing...

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25

Jan 2016

Bible Verses for When Your Heart Hurts

By: Juliandra Durkin Sometimes it seems like life is an angry ocean, the salty waves crashing down without giving room to breath or space to stand. It can seem especially daunting when life continues in such a way for days, months, and for some years. But be encouraged, friends, as God provided us with His unchanging words to bring life to our hurting hearts! Perhaps...

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Coffee Shop Convo for Days that Hurt

07

Jan 2016

Coffee Shop Convo for Days that Hurt

By: Kathryn Messer Grab a cup of something warm and join me at the table for a comforting reminder of God’s security in times of chaos and heartache. Despite the chaos or hellish situation you may be experiencing, allow me to encourage you over a little cup of tea or coffee. I have my steaming cup! You’ve got yours? Great. Here we go! Despite the...

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05

Jan 2016

Pursuing Intentionality

By: Rachel Brown One of my mentors gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me over the years. Andy Benton is the President of my Alma mater, Pepperdine University, and after I graduated I was seeking advice from him while I was searching for a job. When I asked him how to really stand out in the interview process, he told me...

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19

Dec 2015

What About Mary?

By: Juliandra Durkin Every little girl who goes to church at Christmastime wishes she could be Mary. Age 9, 10, 11… Girls want to be Mary in the Christmas plays they watch and stories they hear. Mary, an innocent girl, chosen and well favored by God, to carry the baby Jesus, the Savior and Messiah. An angel visited her and she said, “Yes.” She went...

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29

Nov 2015

Walking Leather

By: Katie Messer Have you ever gone through a time in your life that was so difficult, so truly straining that you wondered if you would make it through? Then once on the other side, you realize that you are not at all the same person whom entered the trial prior to the journey? You not only can take courage in the reality that you...

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18

Nov 2015

Kneeling not Knowing

By: Erin Weidemann “You’re on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.” I cringe. My mom used to say this to me all the time when I was a kid. I used to think, well that’s annoying. Now that I am a mother myself, I understand that it might be the response that makes the most sense after being asked the...

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In a Spiritual Rut

13

Nov 2015

In a Spiritual Rut

By: Rachel Brown As we do in any area of our lives, sometimes we fall into a rut, spiritually speaking. We know God and we love Him, but for some reason or another, we don’t feel connected to Him. We feel uninspired or detached, and we’re not really sure what to do about it. So what should we do when we feel far from God?...

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09

Nov 2015

He is Perfect Love

When the day bird sings and the trees clap their hands When the ocean foams along the shore When the sun kisses your face and the breeze ripples your hair When you can’t feel a thing because perfect love cast out fear. And perfect love is obsolete For you went looking for it on the street In people, places, and muddy waters So fear is...

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10

Oct 2015

{October} Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Juliandra Durkin Have you ever been sick? Have you ever dealt with pain in your body or mind? Have you ever seen a loved one suffer, or maybe even die? This might sound heavy, but take a deep breath and hang in there with me, because sometimes it is important to talk about heavy things. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Around the nation,...

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21

Sep 2015

{A Memoir} by Alyssa Spang

By Alyssa Spang I don’t want to live exciting plot line; I want to be a compelling character… At first, the dash only trembled as my green Toyota, affectionately named Eleanor, rolled past familiar Pennsylvania mountains ablaze with autumn, toward school. I was a second-year English teacher, and I happened to teach at the same high school I attended five years earlier. I’d never anticipated...

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20

Aug 2015

When Appearances Lie

By Allie Marie Smith This is a photo of me at eighteen on my senior trip to Hawaii. It was taken just a week before I was hospitalized for severe depression because I wanted to end my life. Our week in Hawaii was decorated with tanning, partying and hooking up with guys. We rode scooters in short shorts and tank tops through Waikiki, sailed alongside...

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13

Aug 2015

“I Know You” Means More Than “I Love You”

by: Alyssa Spang Sometimes I’m lonely. On lonely days, I can say with absolute certainty that I crave one thing: to be known. One day my mother told me, “you are consistent.” This simple statement meant more to me than “I love you” ever had. Worlds more. She saw me; she acknowledged my consistency. For that moment, I felt known. I don’t want to be...

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11

Aug 2015

Lost and Found

by Erin Weidemann Okay, so, I lose a lot. Well, I have lost a lot. Of actual stuff, I mean. When I think about the running total of my Items I Had But Don’t Have Anymore list, it really is kind of alarming. Let’s see, where do I begin? How much time do you have? I won’t name everything, but here’s a pretty sufficient list:...

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05

Aug 2015

A Constant through the Chaos

by Kelsey Alexander Do you ever feel like your season of transition shows no sign of slowing down? You are continually surfing from couch to couch, job to job, with few things in your life that remain consistent. Your security is crumbling underneath the two feet you once thought stood firm on the ground and now you struggle to simply maintain your balance. Life as...

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30

Jul 2015

In Search of Faith

by Sharon Hughes They say, “You just have to have faith.” I never liked that saying because I never felt that I had enough of it on my own. During a routine exam for a sinus infection, a growth was found on my daughter, Shannon’s, thyroid. The doctor didn’t seem overly concerned. “We’ll watch it,” was the response and she went on her way. It...

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17

Jul 2015

Excerpt from The Lipstick Gospel by Stephanie May Wilson

Inspired by a broken heart and a wicked hangover, sorority girl Stephanie May Wilson throws in the towel on the life she’s been living and packs her bags for a pilgrimage across three continents. Like so many great travelers before her, she finds herself and something completely unexpected along the way. Exploding preconceived notions that Christianity is for grandmas and girls with ugly shoes, The...

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10

Jun 2015

Go the Distance

by: Juliandra Durkin I’ve been reading the Old Testament for a few weeks and the concept of faith has hit me, time and time again. Abraham and his faith to sacrifice his son on an altar to God. Job and his faith to not curse God after losing his children, property, livestock, and health. Moses and his faith to return to a land and ruler...

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04

Jun 2015

Let Him Help

by: Erin Weidemann Do you ever find it hard to let someone help? I do. It doesn’t really matter what it is. I could be standing red-faced in the kitchen with my mitts around a pickle jar, on the wrong end of a silent “twist off ” with the lid. My husband calls over from the couch, “You need help?” I roll my eyes and...

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