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5 Things You Need to Know to Stop Striving and Know Your Worth

Ive learned my worth comes from who God is not from who I am or what I do.God is perfect and holy.We sometimes attribute human characteristics to God such as conditional love, being easily angered, holding grudges, showing favoritism, or refusing to forgive. But while we resemble Him in many ways, Hes not like us.... Read more

Why It’s Courageous to Imagine Your Own Obituary

Photo Credit: Getty Images/WavebreakmediaA night light shines in the darkness of the hallway at my house. Its not to help me to see in the dark. Its there to remind me that I already can.This night light is in the shape of a wardrobe, and pictures young Lucy standing there at the door into the... Read more

10 Verses to Memorize and Pray for Healing

Dolores Smyth Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer As Gods children, our Father wants us to look to Him for all of our needs. The Bible tells us so, encouraging us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18). Among our most ardent prayers and requests are those for... Read more

10 Reasons You Truly Have Nothing to Worry About

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Worry imagines the worst.Toilet paper flew off the shelves when we heard pandemic. Basic items became scarce, causing many to selfishly hoard. When were afraid, self-preservation kicks in and anxiety rules. Feeling powerless, many of us experience sleepless nights. Ive worried about my family, the pandemic, division, hatred, increasing violence,... Read more

Let’s Talk: 5 Things Christians Need to Understand about Suicide

The 5 Things We Need to Understand 1. The ScripturesFirst, we must ground our learning process in the Word of God. Believe it or not, suicide is nothing new to our current culture. Did you know that there are over six accounts of suicide mentioned in Scripture between the Old and New Testament? The most... Read more

Prayers for Healing That Provide Strength and Comfort 

In Jeremiah 17:14 we hear the cry "heal me Lord, and I will be healed...", and in Jeremiah 30:17 we hear God say "I will restore your health, I will heal your wounds." James 5:13 tells us "a prayer offered in faith makes a sick person well." God cares about our whole being - body,... Read more

10 Hymns and Prayers to Refresh Your Mind and Soul

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer We are living in history-making times. It seems we are assailed with pandemics of multiple proportions no matter where we turn. We cannot hide, but instead, we are forced to acknowledge our present difficulties, then figure out ways to cope. For me, I often find myself looking to hills from... Read more

How to Stop Snuffing Your Light and Let it Shine Matthew 5:16

Is my life really an oxymoron? After reading Matthew 5:16, questions started to illuminate my soul as I was trying to find some balance in my life. In Jesus most famous sermon, He exhorts His followers by saying, You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14a) and then in verse 16 we read, In... Read more

3 Reasons Youre Feeling Stuck and How to Break Free

2. Youre Stuck in the Idea of How Things Are Supposed to Be  We tend to view our lives according to our goals, our desires, and our will. We marry someone with the expectation that they will fulfill certain needs or desires in our lives. We have kids in the hopes of expecting things to... Read more

How to Experience Joy with Chronic Illness

6. Find Reasons to Laugh When I first became sick, I fell into a bit of a depression. My battle started with colitis, which initially was unmanaged, and soon morphed into an ongoing battle with fibromyalgia. The ongoing pain and fatigue dramatically changed my lifestyle. I felt like Id lost so much, including the ability... Read more

How to Form a Battle Plan for Your Depression

Mental health has plagued us for generations. Depression and anxiety are far more widespread and spoken about than in our parents day. With the quickly-changing world, an even faster awakening has come to the places where we struggle with our mental health.It should come as no surprise that this year has ramped up even higher... Read more

How to Find Relief in a Time of Hurting

What gives you hope? What inspires you? What Scriptures did you memorize as a little girl that bring back child-like faith? Write those Scriptures down on index cards and put them on your fridge, in your purse, on your steering wheel, on your bathroom mirror, everywhere. The more you feed on Gods word, the stronger... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about Our Desires?

How can we know, when we receive an inner spark, whether that desire comes from us or God? And what about our so-called unspiritual longings? Like wanting to purchase an outfit or car or some other material item? Does the Bible have anything to say regarding our budget and shopping? And if so what? Obviously,... Read more

20 Psalms and Songs of Peace for a Worried Spirit

16. Psalm 131:1-2My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.Let go of striving, be content... Read more

A Prayer for When You are Ready to Give Up

You have GOT to be kidding me. I said to myself as I looked at my choir enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year. This was my second year as the choral director at a small private Christian school and while we were still in the building phase of the program, I was not ready... Read more

Flipping the Switch and Renewing Our Minds

Every time I touch my phone someone is reminding me what a doozy 2020 has been so far. Whether its an email cancelling another fill-in-the-blank, the news reporting another political rant, a snarky social media post, or a text with a desperate prayer request from someone I care about.Our culture has been hit hard. And... Read more

10 Powerful Christian Meditations to Use Daily

Today, more than ever, we all arefeeling the effects of stress, whether from our families, our jobs or even the news on our screens (mobile, TV, tablet, or otherwise). For over300 million individuals, this stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, leading to depression and other mental disorders.However, taking a moment of quiet and finding your... Read more

Why Do I Feel So Inadequate?

Would you take a walk with me in the garden? Imagine with me the warmth of the sun shining on our freckled faces, shaded by the brim of our floppy straw hats. Hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart, together we navigate the cobblestone paths of the garden, taking notice of how much the twists and turns resemble those... Read more

What Your Complaints Actually Reveal about Your Heart

We Feel Entitled A Christian radio show announcer said, And when we come back, we will deal with the subject of people who irritate you. Oh that will be good, I thought. So many people irritate me. But what I didnt expect was hearing, If people irritate you a lot, your problem isnt the people;... Read more

10 Bible Verses on the Value of Self-Care

As we serve others in ministry, at home, or in the workplace, self-care is an often neglected area. We know that we should take better care of ourselves, but there is a myriad of reasons why we are not consistent in doing so. Lack of time, energy, or motivation are a few reasons why we... Read more

10 Things I Have to Tell Myself Everyday

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. (Joshua 1:8)Meditating on the word... Read more

30 Bible Verses on Worry for a Weary Mind

Just when I think Ive finally started to trust God with my challenges, worry returns through the back door of my thoughts. All the what-ifs and worst-case scenarios come to mind in living color. (Sometimes at 2:00 am.) Turning to Scripture to read Bible verses on worry renews my mind again; it reminds me I... Read more

3 Decisions Strong Women Need to Make During Tough Times

What happens when the ideal strong woman in your head becomes an idol? We end up looking to her as the example, instead of looking to the Lord. When we measure our mistakes against this woman in our head, we always come up short. Im a wife, mom to 7, podcast host, and an international speaker. My... Read more

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

40 Most Powerful Quotes from J.I. Packer That Inspire Faith

J.I. Packer will long be remembered as one of the most respected and influential theologians of all time. He spent many of his 93 years devoted to serving Christ and leading others to a closer relationship and knowledge of Him. Born on July 22, 1926 as James Innell Packer, he grew up in England, the son... 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