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

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