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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

6 Best Ways to Model True Discernment for Your Kids

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him... Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Tension between You and Your Children

My kids always dreaded it when we said, We need to have a family meeting ASAP. To them, it equated to lectures, rules, and reminders of how theyd messed up. It took my husband and I a long time to approach things differently. Once we started communicating with our kids, instead of communicating at them,... 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 Things You Teach Your Daughter When You Criticize Women

5. Shell never be good enough. Bottom line, when we criticize women, we send a hidden message to our daughters that theyll never be good enough.My daughter returned from a friends house pretty discouraged. They were making friendship bracelets in the living room while her mom watched TV. The news covered a story on Americas... Read more

Do We Need to Talk Modesty with Our Sons Too?

With the ebb and flow of cultural and societal changes, words take on different meaning and the word modesty is no exception. What was considered modesty 100 years ago looks a bit different than what wed consider modest today. Even reading the word modesty in the title of this post brought a picture to your... 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

When Is the Right Time to Offer Parental Advice?

Another Parent Asks for Your Opinion The number one clue that you can give parental advice is when you are asked. A direct invitation to share your opinion is a privilege. When one trusts us enough to seek our guidance, our role is to share with love, grace, and truth. If we handle the opportunity... Read more

4 Burdens Mothers Always Carry for Their Children

The Burden of Safety Ask any mom on the planet, and she will likely tell you that her childrens safety and well-being is at the top of her concerns. Not only were mothers created as nurturers, they were created with a heart of protectiveness as well. And while protectiveness can be a good thing, in... 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

10 Ways You Can Make A Difference in Your Grandchild’s Life

You have so much valuable wisdom and life experience. Be willing to share your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise with your grandchild. Teach them to bake bread, build a birdhouse, change a tire, crochet, or learn something from you. They will not only gain valuable skills, but will also build valuable memories in the... 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

10 Affirmations for the Parent of a Prodigal Child

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Parenting is one of the best and hardest experiences in life. Our powerful love for our children can feel scary at times. Scary because it means were vulnerable. It doesnt take long to discover that we have little control over these precious ones who hold our hearts.For the Christian parent,... Read more

What it Takes to Mother Black Boys

When I thought about becoming a mother, I knew that I wanted to find out the gender of each child as early as possible so that I could plan for his or her arrival. There were names to select and a registry to createdreams of cribs and mobiles danced in my head like sugar-plum fairies.... 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

A Prayer for a Grandparents Heart during Quarantine

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be... 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 to Teach Your Teens the True Definition of Success

Ive heard it said that many lessons in life are caught instead of taught. And to a certain degree, its true. Parents of teens hope that by demonstrating upstanding character, hard work, and faith, their kids will catch on and naturally follow suit.But in reality, theres a healthy balance between merely living as good examples... Read more

10 Ways Your Grandchildren Need You during COVID-19

There are many cliches about grandparents: how they spoil their grandchildren, how they allow their grandchildren to eat treats and watch television, or how they hang every piece of their grandchilds artwork up on the refrigerator. These may be lighthearted stereotypes, but there is deeper truth to them, as anyone who is blessed to have... Read more

10 Ways You Can Help Special Needs Caregivers Keep Going

Before the tidal wave known as COVID-19 hit us, I was sitting with a group of friends in a coffee shop. We all are writers, but we spent the first half of our time together sharing what was going on in our messy lives. Not very long into the conversation, a few of us special... Read more