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The thing that often makes tragedy overwhelming, incomprehensible, and soul numbing is just how unexpected it can be. Life is going according to plan, and suddenly your world is rocked and you are left reeling. That’s why it’s so important to have Truth stored up in your heart before tragedy strikes. By being in the Word and in prayer every day, you’re building up a savings account of Truth that you can one day pull from when you need it most. If, however, you find yourself in the midst...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Sometimes praying feels like throwing darts – with your eyes closed. You hurl some words heavenward and wonder if you’ve hit the bulls-eye of progress. You hope something sticks. What have you been praying for? Do you wonder if God hears your prayers? If they matter? Lately, I’ve been thinking, I don’t want my words to just touch heaven, but I want them to move heaven’s power on my behalf. I want God to touch even the smallest details of my life and the lives of those...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Last night, as I was booting down the day in prayer, I realized something. Something kind of significant. I figured what it said about me just as important as what I actually believed about prayer. It struck me that while I often pray to stop worrying, I always pray mid-struggle – in the heat of a thought that has run haywire, like a wire with far too much current and no outlet. Now, I won’t say by that point it is too late, but I just wonder, why do I wait until that point, rather...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

When I give people directions to get to my house, I tell them to veer left when they get to a “Y” in the road. Sometimes I wish there were such clear directions for my life. I often get to places in my journey where I am just not sure which way to go. There are no signs pointing one way or the other and I feel completely lost. Am I the only one who feels that way? What I really want is a spiritual GPS that I take with me every day that will tell me where to go. I don’t ever want...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Moses was famous long before Charlton Heston raised his profile in the 1956 Cecile B. DeMille movie, The Ten Commandments. Universally recognized as the deliverer of his people, the Israelites, from slavery in Egypt, biblical and human history also credit Moses with establishing Israel’s judicial and religious systems. But there’s much more to Israel’s mighty leader than what makes the headlines. In the list below, I’ve collected 20 fascinating but little known details about this great...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 Just because the enemy himself isn’t visible it doesn’t mean he’s fictional. His manifestation is all around us as we war our way through the day. If we’re to resist his evil forces and walk in victory, we must daily take notice of the traps he sets before us, and deploy biblical strategies...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

I spend the morning doing the usual last minute things you do when you and your husband are on your way out of town for the week and your mom is coming to keep the kids alive. Well it’s not the kids you’re worried about. They’re now old enough so that, hypothetically, not too many things should go wrong. It’s the dog. He’s a big baby. To be more specific: he’s your big baby. He is super attached to you. When you leave he refuses to eat and he pretends he has go out to relieve himself...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

Things (and people!) would be so much easier to deal with if we could stay home every day. Close the drapes, lock the doors, and shut out the rest of the world. You’re nodding your head, aren’t you? But most of us need to pay off our mortgages and eat something besides Ramen. That means we’ve got to work. And that means there’s a good chance we’re going to be hit by some things during the day that will push us to our limits, make us feel stressed, hopeless, and even angry. Thankfully,...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

We all have them. Bad habits we really need to break. Most of the time we see them – and even point them out – in others. But truth be told we struggle with them just as much as the woman sitting next to us in church. I recently posted on my Facebook timeline the question, “What do you think are the top 10 bad habits Christian women need to break?” It made for an interesting week, a little bit of defensiveness, some finger-pointing, and a lot of personal conviction. And while I collected...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

I’m inconsistent by nature. I’m a BIG idea person and an excellent starter, but I struggle to be a finisher. This has been gravely evident in my spiritual life. I tell myself: I’m going to memorize one new scripture a week (not quite). I’ll wake up every morning at 4:00 am to have my quiet time (not even). This year I’m going to finally read the Bible in it’s entirety (still working on it). Despite my struggles to be consistent, I have somehow developed a few non-negotiables...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019