When God first told me to adopt my daughter, Ella, from an orphanage on the other side of the world in Vladivostok, Russia, I was scared out of my mind. Every doubt I ever had about myself was whispered into my ear. I questioned whether I was a good enough mother to the children I already had, whether I was a strong enough Christian, whether I could handle making three separate trips around the globe, whether I was even nice enough. I thought adoption was for perfect, saintly people who had it all together. But God made it clear to me over and over that, yes, He really did mean me. I was the one He was sending, and He would work out the details.
I’m inspired to think about who I can tell, invite, include, challenge, encourage, believe in, and love so that their life may look different because I was willing to be the vessel God intended for me to be. I challenge you to go and be someone’s because
Our roles as mothers, grandmothers, and spiritual mothers is so important. God has entrusted children to us to train in the way they should go, and we are to pray they won’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Their eternity is at stake. Their children’s children’s eternity is at stake. And could it hinge on us sincerely living out our faith? I think so.
Our daily routines can feel monotonous, can’t they? We go through the motions because that’s what we’ve always done. But what if we reframe our routine through the lens of prayer? Here are ten prayers we can pray to make our morning monotony more meaningful.
Ever wonder why it’s so easy to compare ourselves to others? Or, why is it so difficult to stop? In an era of carefully curated social media images, non-stop selfies, and channels devoted to perfecting everything from your home to your dinner plate, comparison consumes us! And always chasing better becomes a burden! It weighs down our souls and prevents us from experiencing satisfaction or rest. Heather Creekmore is on the show today sharing her personal battle with weight, appearance, and comparison. Tune in to lift the weight of your burden of better and comparison.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. How could I have been reduced to this? Sure, I’d stepped away from the workforce for a few years to be an at-home mom, and, sure, I wasn’t a 20-something straight out of college, but I was smart! I had skills! I had a degree!
How do we love the unlovable? Miranda Jo Davis is sharing her testimony and tips on how to resist throwing away messy relationships, showing compassion, managing our expectations, and salvaging broken relationships.
I held tight to my coffee mug as I listened intently to my new friend’s journey of loss. My heart ached for her. Like me, she was a young widow who had lost her husband to cancer. I desperately wanted to let go of my mug and hold her tight. In my season of loss, God embraced me with His love and comforting presence. He had sent people to help me through my valley of grief. As tears streamed down both our faces, I realized this was my opportunity to extend the same love and compassion that I had received from my Heavenly Father and Christian my sisters.
Women tend to over-think practically everything, so it can be quite scary for most of us to be left alone with our thoughts. We long for strong, intimate relationships with our Heavenly Father, daily striving to live for His glory and enjoy life in Christ. However, just when we discover the blessed assurance of standing firm in the Lord, we falter, once again, caught up in Satan’s vortex of doubt, fear, and guilt. But we can live Beyond the Noise. Laura Bailey is on the show today exploring 10 lies Satan wants us to believe to deceive us and how to counteract them with God’s truth.
I firmly believe that within our midst is a younger generation growing into their roles within the church, but some are floundering for the lack of foundational basics. The Scriptures encourage the more seasoned members to rise up and take them under their leadership to guide them into maturity. This is the place where the two generations intersect at the junction called love.