Just as there’s no way to rush a flower to bloom, we cannot be where we aren’t—we have to go at the pace that feels doable to us.
Often it seems like Christmas is about what is under the tree rather than who was born in a manger. It can be a little overwhelming.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
It’s not a matter of talking about salt and light nearly as much as actually being salt and light. It’s a lifestyle that forgoes condemning and criticizing the world and chooses to bless it instead.
What I’m counting on here is not the dream—it’s the faithfulness of God.
by Connally Gilliam and Paula Rinehart, authors of And Yet, Undaunted
Every heart comes up to this fork in the road, many times.
By Melanie Dobson, author of Memories of Glass
When I was a girl, my favorite destination was the bookmobile.
Idolatry isn’t just wrong—it fails miserably in bringing the lasting happiness it promises.
Excerpted from Soul Care: Prayers, Scriptures, and Spiritual Practices for When You Need Hope the Most by Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D
Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
By Matt Mikalatos
I was maybe eight years old when we were at a neighbor’s house for a party, and, to try to get me to stop bothering them, the adults at the party pushed a copy of J. R. R.