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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

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

The Beautiful Meaning behind the Old Hymn “Blessed Assurance

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Growing up, the hymn Blessed Assurance etched its words on my heart. Occasionally, when Im alone worshipping God, the lyrics of this song will come to mind and I sing from my heart with joy. Written almost 150 years ago its as powerful as ever!Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!At times,... 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

A Heartfelt Prayer for Repentance and Healing

My heart is grieving. All around me I hear the cries of those who are feeling deep pain. My ears are finally open to hear and my eyes to see.Jesus was a storyteller. He used stories, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan, to teach truth (Luke 10:25-37). This parable began when a man... Read more

Am I Responsible for my Husbands Happiness?

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer As a newlywed, I was a bit obsessed with keeping my husband happy. To the point that I often denied my own feelings.Husband: Are you okay? Me: Im fine.Husband: Anything wrong? Me: Nope, all is good.Meanwhile, inside, I would be struggling with anger or hurt. My motto which I adopted... Read more