School Of Life

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Do you ever feel like God just isn’t there? Although our feelings tell us that at times, we shouldn’t be driven by our emotions when it comes to our trust in God. Because Scripture says the “righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) and “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), we shouldn’t have to feel God to know He’s there. But I know how you feel if you find yourself discouraged at times, because it seems like God just...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

“We made a huge decision,” our friends reported as we shared prayer requests. In a great step of faith, they’d decided to sell their dream home so the wife could stay home with their young children. July 1 was the drop-dead date for a contract so she could withdraw from her teaching contract. But weeks ticked by and the house sat. As the months dragged on, they began to worry. They were praying, so why hadn’t the house sold? Their plans seemed on hold or worse, thwarted. At what felt like...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

Looking at God’s example of forgiveness and how it is modeled throughout Scripture brings insight to what true forgiveness really looks like lived out in a practical, everyday sort of way. If you’re struggling with or currently seeking to forgive others in your own life, I pray these 7 truths about forgiveness will spur you on to keep making every effort to forgive. 1. True Forgiveness Renews Outlook Films, books, and TV shows have characters who say lines such as “I’ll forgive...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

Prayer is one of the most important disciplines in the Christian faith. It is our connection to the Creator of this world and the Savior of our souls. When a Christian makes it a habit to pray every day, he or she experiences the benefits of communing with God on such an intimate level. There are times however, that no matter how faithful you are to God and how strong your walk with the Lord is, prayer is simply difficult. So difficult in fact, you may want to just stop praying all together. Maybe...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

Constant: it isn’t a word we encounter frequently in our society. A firm, fixed place to stand. A steady rhythm that continues after a whirlwind of events leaves the day-to-day landscape unrecognizable from last week’s norm. Constants are fibers of the fabric of life that remain when the course of life’s changes, challenges, and struggles leave us with the thread bare remnants. Constants make up the backbone of life…of our faith. Change is a natural and necessary part of life. Even good...

by School Of Life on 27 April 2019

It happened 10 years ago. Disaster struck. Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. In addition to bringing great devastation to the New Orleans area, this hurricane caused much damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana. We will never forget. Many of us remember the bleak images, the lives lost, the aftermath of the storm that our nation...

by School Of Life on 26 April 2019

I suffer from spiritual amnesia. This means that I’ve received many answers to prayer in my life, but, unfortunately, I have a tendency to forget God’s faithfulness as soon another trial comes my way. I’m enduring one of the greatest hardships of my entire life, and this time I’ve made a promise to my Savior. I will cling to the truth of His fidelity towards me. I will remember what He’s done, and praise Him for what I know He will do. Here are 10 truths about God to cling to when life...

by School Of Life on 26 April 2019

Ironically, before Charlottesville ever happened, my kids and I had a conversation about the Klu Klux Klan. In an effort to keep my kids reading during the summer I went to the local public library and loaded up on audio books for children. One of those aforementioned books was set in the South during the 1930s, Tru and Nelle by Greg Neri. We listened as the main characters formed an unlikely friendship and soon found themselves playing detectives in a case that turned far more serious than I...

by School Of Life on 26 April 2019

I knew where I needed to go and I was laser-focused on my goal. I was running hard, pushing with the endurance and perseverance that God calls for, until… …until I hit a little snag in the road. Until I started to feel like all the goodness I had been orchestrating with God was anything but that. Like the project at hand was really going to be the project that lost. I started to say things to myself like: I am going to fail. No one really cares about this goal. My progress is short-lived. God...

by School Of Life on 26 April 2019

Sensing God’s presence with you when you pray is exhilarating, but feeling like you’re getting no response can be exasperating. If you want to connect with God but don’t seem to be making contact through the way you usually pray, it could be time for to try a new approach. There are many ways to pray – many paths of communication that can lead you closer to God. Here are some different paths you can take to prayer: 1. “Guttural groaning” When you feel pain...

by School Of Life on 26 April 2019