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There was no more money for milk. Donations to the orphan house had been drying up for months. Week after week, they had gotten by with barely enough: a dollar here, some pennies there, drips compared to the river of provision they had once known. The director rose from bed and thought of the hundreds of children still sleeping. They would wake up soon. They would come to the kitchen expecting milk, a staple breakfast food at the orphan house. And if God did not intervene, they would go away hungry. He...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2019

You started last year with a tankful of gas — overflowing with energy, motivation, joy, and optimism. Twelve months on, you were empty, running on fumes, joyless, and dreading the new year. You wonder if you can even go another day, far less another year. Three questions are on your mind: What went wrong? How can I get refueled for this year? How do I make this year different than last year? You may have had no control over some of the life events that drained you dry last year. Your gas tank...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2019

Fifteen years ago, I was a senior in college. I hadn’t wandered far from home after high school (just 45 minutes away). I was born and raised, and lived all 22 of my years of life so far, in a small region of a small state. But now as a senior, an exciting and scary prospect stood on the horizon: leaving the motherland. As I entered that final collegiate fall, I had narrowed the field to four postgrad options, and all four would require me to move hours from home, if not overseas. In some sense,...

by School Of Life on 5 February 2019

One of the most sobering facts about life is that all humans have a supernatural enemy whose aim is to use pain and pleasure to make us blind, stupid, and miserable — forever. The Bible calls him “the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world . . . the accuser” (Revelation 12:9–10), “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is our “adversary [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)....

by School Of Life on 5 February 2019

God never promised us this life would be easy, but He does promise this: He is bigger than any storm we face in this world. And He’s always working for our good, even in the places where we can’t see, even in the circumstances that we don’t fully understand. He is with us, right in the midst of all we walk through. Our storms might look different in this life, but they all have the opportunity to change us – forever. And God is the Only One who has the power to take what seems tragic...

by School Of Life on 31 October 2018

What happens when life’s reality differs from our expectations—and prayers? Did God ignore our heart-felt petitions? Or was His answer just different from our expectations? How can we discern what is truly God’s will for our lives compared to the curve balls that sometimes take us by surprise? From the time I was little, I’d planned my life in measured detail. I’d go to college, get married, become a writer, and have two boys and a girl—in that order. Then my husband and I would...

by School Of Life on 31 October 2018

Fully alive prayer—communion with God—is the beginning of heaven on earth. Those who seek to develop a Godly relationship enjoy a blessedness unimagined. If you feel a yearning in your soul to pursue a deeper relationship with God and to fulfill his purpose in your life, here are eight ways to help you get there: 1. Don’t worry over the words you use in prayer. Let your heart and soul guide you, and when you don’t know what to pray, ask the Holy Spirit for help. “The Spirit helps us...

by School Of Life on 31 October 2018

Seasons of spiritual dryness can be alarming, exhausting, even downright awful and heart-wrenching. I’ve had days, months even, when coming to the Word and spending time with the Father has felt like work, and I’ve struggled to feel his presence and love for me. I’ve wondered, God, where have you gone? It feels like you’ve hidden your face. The seeming silence of God and the lack of obvious, joy-filled, abundant fruit springing forth from reading the Word are trials that most every believer...

by School Of Life on 29 October 2018

The Book of Ruth has always been one of my favorite books of the Bible. It reads more like a short story and the insight in it runs deep. No matter your age or season of life, there is wisdom to learn from the lessons that unfold as we walk along with Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz. I encourage you to read the book (four chapters) along with me as we delve into 10 powerful lessons it can teach us! 1. Loss Is Hard The book of Ruth starts with the life of Naomi. Naomi was from Bethlehem and moved to Moab...

by School Of Life on 29 October 2018

We all know someone who seems extra connected to God—the person you want to call when something goes wrong, because somehow, you trust that God really hears and answers them. We joke how these Christians have a “direct line” to heaven, yet secretly wish we could be like that. The truth is, we can be like that. Having a powerful prayer life isn’t something granted to specifics believers only, or something that random Christians win in a heavenly lottery. A powerful prayer life comes through...

by School Of Life on 29 October 2018