“The Spirit is the cine qua non of the Christian Life.” –Gordon Fee   How do I know?  How do I know what is my thought, the enemy’s thought, or God’s thought? So many women I work with struggle with this feeling and confusion. The first step in overcoming our anxious and overwhelming thoughts is recognizing where they are coming

You Are Not Broken Beyond Repair   When this tree broke in a storm it felt like a visual representation of our family—something beautiful that had been devastated and broken by the storms of life. We lovingly cut off the broken branches. Honestly, we weren’t sure if the tree could be saved much less be beautiful again. Over the next

    Acceptance has become a tricky word in our current cultural understanding. It’s hard for us to truly understand and apply God’s heart and message in situations where people have different beliefs, values, and morality. But it is no different than his acceptance of us based on grace. Speak the Truth in Love? Many well-meaning Christians find it necessary

  In the Bible, God promises new life in Christ. It’s the kind of life Jesus talks about in John 10:10 (NKJV) when He says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Other versions of the Bible talk about a rich, satisfying life—one filled with reason and fulfillment. This life has

  “You’re not good enough.” Four little words. Words that hang over our head, constantly lurking in the back of our mind. Perhaps someone said these words to us so they are on continual playback. They play on our fears and tempt us to act accordingly. These four little words affect our behavior, often when we don’t even realize it.

Let it Go!

  In high school, I had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with our youth pastor as a student leader. My male counterpart, John, was a friend I dearly loved and admired. He was incredibly talented and a strong leader. Not only were we part of the planning and organization of our youth group, but we were personally discipled by