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A Prayer for Your Most Painful Memories

Memories do not always soften with time; some grow edges like knives. ~ Barbara KingsolverPainful memories tend to hide in the recesses of our minds, seemingly waiting for the prime opportunity to resurface and cast us back into the depths of hurt and shame. Even as God removes our transgressions as far as the east... Read more

5 Prayers for Discovering Hidden Strength

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (Ephesians 3:16)Father,When someone attacks someone we love, it is our gut reaction to jump to their defense. Guide us, Father, in our pursuit of righteousness. Its important for us to fight injustices, to live... Read more

How to Move Beyond Shame into Active Love

Shame. That word alone makes ones mind go to an unpleasant place. Its an uncomfortable feeling. Most of us have experienced something in our lives we are so ashamed of that we dont even like talking about this subject, let alone reading about it. I commend you if youve landed on this article, and I... Read more

Will God Heal Me if I Get the Coronavirus?

Over the past several days, the World Health Organization officially designated COVID-19 (or the coronavirus) as a pandemic. Not only are many people understandably concerned about getting the virus, but more than that they wonder if they will recover from it. Or for Christians, many are wondering whether God will heal them or not if... Read more

21 Bible Verses for Sleep and Rest When Your Soul Needs Peace

Many of us have been there. Middle of the night. Darkness surrounds. All is quiet. All should be at peace. Except we cant sleep. Many of us have been there. Middle of the night. Darkness surrounds. Stars shining brightly. All is quiet. All should be at peace. Except for one problem.  We cant sleep. Thoughts are swirling,... Read more

30 Day Prayer Challenge for Stress and Anxiety

This past year has been one of the most rapidly changing, chaotic periods many of us have ever experienced. When lifes uncertainties threaten to steal our inner calm, may we draw close to the Prince of Peace, and may His peace, which surpasses understanding, sink deep into our souls, expelling our inner angst.This 30-day anti-anxiety... Read more

4 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Always Answer Prayers for Healing

4. His Ways Are Not Our Ways For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)Is it difficult to trust that God knows best? How many... Read more

10 Promises from God to the Woman with a Past

In the over 20 years Ive been ministering to women, the thing they want to discuss the most is the past. They regret the things they did or didn't do. They regret marrying a particular man, or not marrying one. They regret the poor financial decisions they made. They regret the way they treated their... Read more

A Prayer of Endurance for Chronic Illness

As I listened to the doctors diagnosis, words like pain management, lifestyle changes, and your new normal faded into a vacuum of information that was just too much to process. He wanted us to work together to come up with a health plan for the future, but this question kept running through my head. How do... Read more

5 Spiritual Disciplines to Lighten Your Load

There have been many days in the last few months that have felt as though I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I have felt weighed down by all of the things I was seeing and hearing. It is beyond overwhelming most days.Heaviness. That's the feeling we are carrying.My heart aches... Read more

Prayers of Strength for Those Suffering from Addiction

News stations and newspapers report the damage and destruction. Loving and caring family and friends, well-educated doctors of all kinds, and counselors and caregivers attempt to hold back the storm. Yet, in 2017 over 19 million people gave in to the siren of addiction, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).... Read more

6 Things to Do When You Are Disappointed in Your Life

Tears streamed down my cheeks. My daughter walked up to me as I tried to dry my face. Mom are you okay? she asked. Yes, sweetie. I just need a minute. The past several months had been filled with personal disappointments. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.Later that evening, my husband and I had a... Read more

9 Things You Should Know about Trauma

One of the single biggest barriers to my own healing from trauma was the Churchs teaching on denying ourselves.The church warned me about the dangers of:My emotions: They were the optional caboose in the train of faith, as Bill Bright put it.My desires: They were invariably worldly and sinful.My judgement: It was pride talking.There is... Read more

A Powerful 7-Step Plan to Reclaim Your Joy

What Is Biblical Joy? Jesus wanted his followers to be people of joy. Right before His arrest, after he taught the disciples about the importance of abiding in Him, he said:These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  John 15:11We have a... Read more

How to Help Someone with Anxiety

When someone we know is experiencing anxiety, it can feel like there is nothing we can do to help them. It can be overwhelming to constantly answer questions, calm the individual, or help de-escalate their thoughts and feelings. This article will point towards some practical ways to help and to gain understanding of the anxiety... Read more

Good Stress, Bad Stress, Whats the Difference?

In our fast-paced culture, finding balance can feel nearly impossible. There is so much pressure to fill up every moment of our day. Achievement can easily become our god. Balance is something we all aspire for while testing out ideas like minimalism, meditation, and more.Where do we draw the line between the positive stress that... Read more

5 Important Things You Need to Know about Counseling

As lifes ups and downs happen, the thought may occur: Should I go to counseling? Do I need help? Should I go to a Christian counselor? First, I want to normalize this. So many people have had this same thought! It can be scary to take the first step in scheduling your appointment and finding... Read more

How to Battle Depression in Isolation

If I am honest with myself, there are times even in a house full of people that loneliness is stronger than ever. Maybe it is the quarantine rules that are keeping me from interacting with friends in a way I am used to. Or maybe it is the fact that it feels like so much... Read more

20 Verses to Tell You How Beloved You Are

We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19God didnt wait until we loved Him before returning His love to us. He set the example of Matthew 5:44, 46.18. You are being refined.Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by... Read more

How Can I Bear Others Burdens When Im Buried Under My Own?

Tune into What Feeds and Nourishes You We are only as good as the goodness that fills us. In this season, that is unlike anything weve ever experienced before, we must be intentional with our time and the things that fill our minds. We need to be fed first before we feed others, otherwise we... Read more

Are You in a Dark Night of the Soul?

Betsy de Cruz Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer During dark seasons, Ive wondered if God was actually there. Even if He was there, I couldnt sense His presence clearly in my life. When it felt like my prayers hit the ceiling and bounced back down to me unanswered, how could I know for sure God was really... Read more

4 Ways to Process Quarantine–What Just Happened?

Ive always been interested in how the brain workshow it takes every bit of information we receive and stores it in a complex filing system. Then, after our memories have been tucked away, they are later retrieved by an outside cue that causes us to revisit that particular time or event.According to this article, Remembering... Read more

5 Prayers That Battle Negative Thoughts in Isolation

Crystal Caudill iBelieve Contributing Writer For most people, the long-term isolation that COVID-19 has imposed is a new and difficult struggle. Every aspect of our lives has been affected, and it leaves us emotionally vulnerable to negative thoughts. While it is perfectly normal and acceptable to experience these thoughts, it is crucial to be intentional... Read more

20 Psalms to Calm Your Stress and Anxiety

16. It is God who arms me with strength,And makes my way perfect. (Psalm 18:32 NKJV)Its His strength that carries us through, not our own!17. The Lord is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The Lord is the strength of my life;Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 NKJV)When we see as He sees, through... Read more

10 Real Fears Surrounding COVID-19 and How God Answers Them All

Two months ago, life was rolling along pretty much as it had for our entire lifetimes. Oh, there had been ups and downs, but nothing we didn’t recover from.Then suddenly everything changed with the arrival of the COVID-19 virus. Almost overnight our lives tumbled into an abyss of chaos and fragility.Many fears and questions have... Read more

6 Reasons Women over 50 Can Do Brave Things

At 50, Raini started raising a family all over again. Her dreams for a speaking and writing ministry were set aside. Following Gods calling to provide a stable and loving family for her grandchildren became the bravest thing shed ever done.But after several years of parenting again, God used her new experiences to redirect her... Read more

How Does My Mental Health Diagnosis Fit into Gods Will?

We do not have to be shamed by our mental health because we have an advocate in Christ.We do not have to walk alone because God fills in the gaps of our hearts and minds with His strength.We do not have to be afraid to ask for help because God has equipped godly people to... Read more

10 Signs You Are Emotionally Overwhelmed (And What to Do about It)

RJ Thesman Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Medical experts tell us multi-tasking does not work. Although we may feel more productive, multi-tasking actually confuses the brain and causes more stress. Likewise, when we are emotionally overwhelmed, our inner health is affected. Our souls become scarred and creativity flails. We lose energy even as the desire to help... Read more