Actions Against Doubt

 Self-doubt afflicts me. Inevitably, this invites God-doubt to walk with it. I plod along with both, caught between these unnerving companions. I wish they’d go away, or at least be quiet. They weary me, often grinding me to a halt as we argue about the way forward. And that’s the evil one’s goal: Stop her…

Finding Strength When Doubt Surges

I’m in 7th grade. My team in P.E. soccer has chosen me, for some bewildering reason, to kick a penalty goal that will win or lose the game. It’s pouring down rain and the field is slick with mud. I gear up for the kick, fully doubting my ability to make the goal for my…

3 Truths to Remember in the Face of Doubt

When it comes to the Christian walk, doubt is one of those topics that makes me cringe. It reminds me of hard times, of troughs in my journey as I walk with Jesus. Doubt is relentless in attacking some of our core beliefs—doubt in the existence of God, doubt in God’s goodness, doubt in God’s…

Breathing Faith

Sacred romance embrace my heart. Desire ignite the flame. No fear of being hurt. A love affair, silent and bare. Inhale to stand alive. I run to play with fire. Untamed, so wild, the danger tempts, I come to You oh Lord. Embrace my spirit, I’ll taste the life You died to give.  I will…

The Magnolia Story and Me

What do shiplap, Magnolia, and “Fixer Upper” have in common? Just one famous reality TV couple—Chip and Joanna Gaines. At this point they are legendary—an amazing marriage, adorable children, and even their own decorative line, “Hearth and Hand,” at Target. Like many women, I also got swept up into the excitement. When I can borrow…

The Non-Fiction Books We Loved in 2018, and What We Will Read in 2019

We asked our contributors to tell us their favorite faith-inspired book read in 2018 and what they look forward to reading in 2019, so we could share the book love with you. We would love to hear your recommendations in the comments! The Books We Loved Kayla Anderson: The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst Britney…

Calming the Chaos with 3 Focused Routines

As I look back on 2018, it was nothing like I anticipated it to be. There were many great times full of family, friends, laughter, memories, and successes. However, there were also darker times of confusion, heartache, frustration, and disappointment. Unfortunately, the latter things are what I am tempted to focus on when I think…

Treasured One

By Linda L. Kruschke Tossed about on waves of doubt Seeking an anchor in the storm Cleave to the One who values you Your tempest He will surely transform Riding high on a victory Don’t let it go to your head Remember the One who adores you Praise His provision instead Encumbered by the trials…

5 Areas to Grow in Intentionality

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I sat down with a mentor of mine asking for discipleship. I was newly married, newly pregnant, and not able to pinpoint what I wanted to be mentored about. Upon our first meeting, she started by asking me a simple question, “What kind of woman do you…

A Romans 8:28 Perspective

I don’t know about you, but I love a good “feel-good” verse. You know the kind, the one we receive or say to someone else when we don’t know what else to say? Maybe we even recite these verses to ourselves in an attempt to find some semblance of peace, when really it feels like…