Understanding Wisdom

Wisdom has always sounded like a grown-up word.  I can remember hearing stories of Winnie the Pooh and the “Wise Old Owl” being the center of knowledge and direction for A.A. Milne’s lively creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood.  I can also remember sitting in Sunday School class as the flannel graph images of King…

Get Wisdom, Get Insight, Shine Brightly

 “Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2 I sat back in silence and looked up from my screen.  My mind was a mess of turmoil; thinking, counter-arguing, crying, and pleading for the sake of what’s good and right.  Tears of anguish filled my eyes and I closed them…

Being Still When Doubt Taunts

Shame over our past, shame over our failures, shame over our status in society, shame over the lack of fruit in our lives: all of this shame can drive us farther away from God if we let it hide who we were or are. We cannot allow lies about ourselves to plant seeds of doubt…

3 Pitfalls of Doubt for the Religious

Some people wear their scars on the outside. Life circumstances make it obvious that there is a need for wholeness and healing. We love to see God’s grace and mercy transform regular humans into what 2 Corinthians calls a “new creation.” The addict turned counselor. The depressed turned joyful. The wanderer who finds the way…

Battling Doubt

The last couple of years have not been easy ones. Closed doors academically and vocationally have dreams seemingly crushed dreams and left me questioning whether I really knew how to hear from God. Which grew into questioning if I really knew how to follow Jesus. This past year especially has left me wrestling with my…

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…

Nothing is Impossible

Author: Donna Marie As I pray, I hear God say I will show you the way Nothing is impossible With God you are unstoppable The old is gone The new is here You belong Can’t you hear You know I care I need you to share My love for them So, let’s begin My words…

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 Things to Do While We Wait for God to Heal a Broken Heart

After my first c-section (I’ve had three), I was astonished when the nurses made me get out of bed less than 24 hours after I’d been lying on the operating table. I was sure that my insides might just fall out. Everything held together with dissolvable sutures that felt very fragile. It’s amazing to me…

Prayers for Healing

Praying for those who need healing: O Sovereign Lord,You are great and mighty, excellent, and holy. You ultimately are the Healer of your people. I pray for all who are desperate for your healing touch to come upon their lives. Lord, you are sovereign overall and completely able to heal the brokenhearted, the spiritually broken,…