Our questions of faith often remain unanswered or confusing. Like our questions about prayer. We are fully aware of some bits about prayer that are crystal clear. Will I get everything I ask for? No. Will I get anything I ask for? Sometimes. Why, then, should I bother? This is where things fall apart, and we’re only on question three. Prayer is somewhat a mystery, but there are still plenty of things we can know for sure about prayer. I’m especially grateful for what the story of Gideon (found...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

Noise is constantly slipping through the cracks of the quiet I long for. When I seek to escape into muted moments, the chaotic racket lurks ominously in the shadows, increasing the hunger I hear growling within me. I thrust myself into the delusive peace of TV binges and smartphone apps to no avail. Even in the silence, I hear it. To-do lists loom, notifications whip out onto screens with a snap, and the world tells me, “do more, be more, give more. More, more, more.” The loudness of expectation...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

Eight months after we stood beneath 100-year-old trees and promised to love each other in sickness and health, Xylon and I sat in front of a surgeon while he told us the biopsy results, “It’s cancer.” My husband would undergo 16 chemo sessions, a bone marrow transplant, radiation, and countless uncertain scans before he would reach the five-year mark when his doctor finally let us remove the surgical port inserted for his chemo. This experience took us to places we never thought we’d go,...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

When life gets busy, almost always, the first thing that gets tossed off our to-do list is prayer and quiet time with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says: “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Prayer should not be one of those things that we skip or set aside when the day gets busy. In fact, prayer shouldn’t even be on our to-do list because it takes priority over anything and anyone on our schedule. But let’s face...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

Has your heart been broken? Has something terrible happened—or not happened—that feels like it has shattered your life in a million pieces? If so, you are not alone. Jesus’ heart was also broken. He was battered, betrayed, abandoned, and rejected, but He emerged victorious. That’s good news for us, because it means we can emerge victorious when our heart has been broken too! If your heart feels broken today, here are seven ways to pray for healing and restoration from the Lord: 1. Lord,...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

What is Prayer? Prayer in its simplest form is communication with God, but as with all relationships, there are levels to this communication. When we partner in the act of communicating with anyone, we do so with the basic understanding that there are at least two parties present. God has been present before we even existed because He is the creator of all things. Our prayer life with Him, though, began as we became familiar with His presence. How Do I Pray? Our initial interactions with God may...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

At the end of every day there’s nothing better we can do than to give it all to God. To lay down our worries and cares. To thank him for his blessings and his presence through every hour of the day. To recognize the ways he’s led us, offered protection over our families, and provided for our needs. And though often we know that to be true, it can be difficult to really let everything go. Or we forget to even give him thanks for the constant way he’s at work in our lives. We carry the worries...

by School Of Life on 17 September 2018

Does God’s word still matter to people today? Can stories that were written that long ago hold any bearing in our lives today? It seems nearly impossible to believe that anything written over 2,000 years ago can have any impact on our lives today. Let’s dive into the life of Noah and see how the truths God spoke to Noah still matter for us today! God’s word is alive and active. It is powerful and life-changing. It is full of truth and wisdom that is just as applicable today as it was...

by School Of Life on 17 September 2018

Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? That girl with her eyes and hair, those cheeks and ears—how do you feel about her? What thoughts zip through your mind when soaking in her reflection? Are they kind or critical, praiseworthy or full of condemnation? If asked these questions 10 years ago, I would have danced around the answers. After all, who likes to admit they don’t like themselves and bash their reflection far too often? But the truth was I didn’t like the woman in...

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018

In all that swirls around us today, from news headlines to daily life struggles, we may be aware more than ever of this one thing: we’re in a battle. We face an enemy every single day that we’re here breathing air. We may not see it. We might forget he’s there. We may lose our focus when things seem tough or get distracted on all that doesn’t really matter. But the truth is – spiritual forces are at work. There’s one who lurks around us today. He’s real. He’s alive....

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018