He is Greater than Our Hearts

By Linnette Bachman “I can’t say I forgive her if that’s not truly how I feel.”“I can’t pray authentically if I don’t feel close to God.”“I have to be true to myself.” Being authentic seems to be the highest value of many of my student friends. Clearly communicating the depths of how they truly feel is of utmost importance. It trumps all else. Being that … Continue reading He is Greater than Our Hearts

Rooted in Hope During Transition

Some years ago God closed the door to a new ministry opportunity leaving me (and my husband) in a season of waiting. It was a challenging transition, and I regret that I often responded more out of fear and impatience than faith. I wish I could say that my reaction was a fluke, and that generally, I’ve figured out how to manage change gracefully. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Rooted in Hope During Transition

Sticky Faith: Passing on our Faith to our Kids

By Leigh Ann Looyenga When our three were little, let’s say 5, 3, and 2 months, it made me a little nauseated when people said things like, “Don’t blink.  They’ll be big before you know it.”  I know people mean well.  But let’s be honest, sometimes in those early years exhaustion can make the days feel loooong. These words of a fleeting childhood hit me … Continue reading Sticky Faith: Passing on our Faith to our Kids

Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

By Joy Meekins I have heard the Lord say to me “You’re a good mom.” That is invaluable. It has freed me from comparison, insecurity, and doubt. I don’t need the affirmation from others and can freely give it instead. Hearing those words fills a longing inside of me that does have serious doubts about parenting. This strength and confidence comes from something I have … Continue reading Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Kids

Prayer Appointments: Going Deeper in Prayer

The prayer spoke in my wheel has been short since the day my oldest was born. I used to journal for hours on end and could actually sit for long periods of time with my eyes closed and not fall asleep. I’ve coped in various ways, but extended times of prayer continue to elude me. When I say “extended time in prayer” – I mean … Continue reading Prayer Appointments: Going Deeper in Prayer

Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

By Lindy Black “Am I loved? Does someone see me? Do I matter? Am I safe?” Shauna Niequist’s words in her new book, Present over Perfect, could be my own as she describes the “cavernous ache” we all experience deep in our hearts. The Gospel throughout the Scripture answers with power and certainty – YES, in Christ Jesus!  But until recently, I had not tapped … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel to Myself Every Day

Setting Others Free From Performance

As a recovering pleaser, performer and perfectionist, I deeply long for those caught in such bondage to be set free.  Our deep desire for love and acceptance can so easily lure us into the trap of trying to “earn” love with our spiritual leaders and with God Himself. The hidden and deceitful message is that I must “do” to maintain the love I so desire.  … Continue reading Setting Others Free From Performance