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…

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…

Me of Little Faith

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 NIV Sometimes I doubt God will answer. As I desire, as I require. I dictate methods instead of outcomes. Thinking I know what is best. Revealing my little faith in His goodness. Sometimes I…

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…

Until the Last Breath

I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately. Yes, cheery I know, but stick with me. These thoughts haven’t been directed much toward my own death, but rather lives that from an earthly perspective have been taken too soon. This last year as several people close to me have struggled with losing someone dear to…

Abiding in the True Vine

The gnarled oak toppled overnight, stressed by the torrential rain and wind that suddenly became too much. Wide-eyed children gasped as we drove by in the morning light, wondering aloud how something so mighty could be grounded with a bit of wind. While the outside had been unremarkable enough that I never previously noticed this…

Bold in Prayer

‘Bold’ is never a word I would use to describe myself. As a child and teenager, I was prone to anxiety and shied away from anything that would create conflict and make my stomach turn to knots. I remember my mom telling me several times throughout my adolescent years that I needed to learn to…

If I’m Sowing Good, Where are the Blossoms?

Author: Deb Gruelle Sometimes I’m shocked by the ways my life hasn’t followed the good dreams and plans that I’ve made as a Christian woman who loves God with all her heart. I’ve tried to follow God and sow good seeds that will grow to an abundance of good in later life. When seven babies…

Confusing Conviction with Condemnation

The hazy blue sky, warm summer air. and the lush Oregon greenery, often cause me to ponder the thoughts my brain can’t reach when busyness is attempting to smother. Lately, I have been sitting with the difference between conviction and condemnation. When Jesus followers hear the word conviction, they often cringe—starting to feel slightly uncomfortable…

3 Paths to Lead You Away from Fear

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “fear” is our car accident nearly a year ago. I’m reminded of how I felt as I crouched on the dusty sidewalk off Hwy 22. Sobbing, I clutched my four-year-old, my two-year-old, and my six-week old baby and assured myself that they were…