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

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

You prayed a prayer. You accepted Jesus into your heart. But you don’t feel differently. How do you know if praying that prayer was enough and you are truly saved? Check out these 10 marks of a Christian to know for sure: 1. A New Outlook on Life “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5: 16-17) When...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

Many believe that angels are still among us. Their very name “angel” means “messenger,” and we can be assured that when they’re here, they have come for a very specific purpose. For throughout history, angels have been sent by God to bring a message of hope, to protect, comfort, serve, carry out his judgment, and to give Him praise. There are people who have had encounters with angels in our world even today. Maybe some are aware of these angelic meetings. Maybe others have no...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

If you examined your life right now, what season would you say you are currently experiencing? Are you in a dry season, waiting-for-something season, grinding season, tests-and-trials-at-nearly-every-turn season, or spiritual warfare season? The list could go on and on. Maybe you’re in a happy season, and all is well. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognizing the season of life we’re in, and it can be even more difficult to know how to live fully in Christ during it. In a natural sense, we...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

The word delight sits on my tongue and is a word I regularly use. I’m a natural cheerleader and I love any word that denotes joy, pleasure, encouragement. I especially enjoy a word requires and exclamation point. For instance, “Wow! It’s a delight to meet you!” And as I’ve studied the word in Scripture, it’s come to mean more to me than just an emotion and a chance to use a double exclamation!! The word delight has turned into a way of life for me as it relates to my relationship with...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2018

Sometimes I wish the enemy would announce himself with a blaring trumpet. Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid his traps if this type of announcement were his style? However, this isn’t how Scripture depicts him. He prowls. He deceives. He waits and he watches for an opportune time. It doesn’t seem like he’s in a rush to carry out his schemes. Even so, I have good news. Our enemy is unoriginal. If we examine Scripture, we see he’s using the same tactics he used hundreds of years ago on believers...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2018