I have a good job. Two beautiful children. A deliciously wonderful husband. We love God. Go to a fantastic church. Live in a nice house. In a nice street. In a good neighbourhood. My children attend a fine school. We make memories each year on vacation. I am healthy. My family is healthy. None of us has emotional scars or mental illness. We are happy and flourishing. Yet I want more. It calls out to me. You know, more. The bigger house, nicer car, luxurious vacation. They call to me with pressure...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

They called it the “Dust Bowl.” It stretched over 100 million acres, and affected tens of thousands of Americans. The 1930’s brought more than a worldwide depression – it brought multiple waves of crippling drought to the heartland of America’s bread basket. Without moisture, the dirt simply started to blow away in “black blizzards.” Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re so spiritually parched, so dry, you could just blow away in “black blizzard” of your own? Let’s get...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

This world can often feel like a dark place. Sometimes it’s hard to see light and hope in the midst of all the suffering and pain we see around us. Constant media headlines reveal the deep struggle, the pain, and brokenness so many have known. God’s promises are true and He is faithful to bring them all to pass. Every single one. Jesus gives us eternal hope, rooted in Him, the promise of heaven, and the reminder that He will come again. Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll shares these known...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

I was sitting there on my bed, tethered to the wall – unable to freely move around the house – by an iPhone charger. Hubby and I had finally tucked the kids in for the night when he walked over to me as I was checking email on my phone. “What are you doing, sitting here by yourself? Come hang out in the living room with me. We can read together.” Eric asked. “I lost my 10-foot power cord. So, I have to wait here while it charges on this short one. Doing some email. I’ll come down in...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

“One of the questions I’m regularly asked is, ‘Pastor, can I commit a sin that God cannot forgive?’ According to Jesus, there is one sin a person can do for which there is no forgiveness or pardon either in this age or in the age to come: blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. But what does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit?” Dr. David Jeremiah explains how the only way to understand these words is by seeing them within the context of the whole passage. Here are 10 things you need...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

The plane landed in Quito, Ecuador. I had packed excitement and anticipation in the suitcase of my heart. What joy it is to have the opportunity to address hundreds of women in this beautiful city. And, as usual, I prepared my trip by calling the airline ahead of time. “I’m blind and I’ll be traveling alone. Can you provide an escort for me to navigate through the airport?” They did. And once in Quito’s airport, the friendly escort led me through immigration, luggage claim and to the...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

We all have a unique path to live and we are the only ones who can live it. We need the Holy Spirit to speak to each of our hearts. We need to learn how to hear God’s voice so we can discern His will for us. We also need to make choices to step out into faith even when it’s hard or the results aren’t pleasant. Knowing when and how to walk in faith is challenging. Unfortunately, we can’t look for an absence of issues or a flurry of positive open doors to tell us, “Yes, this is the way....

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

The God who makes men and women unique image-bearers, with special dignity and value also will complete the work He begins in those who follow Christ. He means to mature them to be more like Jesus, who walked the untainted life that showed us what humanity was created to be. While no man or woman will reach perfection this side of heaven, we do grow. So what traits are present in a spiritually mature woman? The following characteristics are often present in those who have cultivated a rich spiritual...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

According to the calendar, Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday) happens just once a year. But it’s something we would do well in observing every day of our lives. The culmination of Holy Week, Resurrection Day unites believers the world over, in celebration of a risen Christ who died for our sins and triumphed over death. For this we rejoice, because we have a hope. We have a future. And we will live with our Lord for eternity. Amen! So why then, during the other 364 days, don’t we live like we...

by School Of Life on 3 September 2017

My dad was murdered when I was twenty years old. It was a deliberate, senseless act committed by a man whose selfish desires had left him blind. This man had taken my dad from me––stolen what was rightfully mine––and quite honestly, I hated him for that. Forgiveness was one of the first things God spoke over my life when I came to Christ nine years later, and though I was receptive to His leading, I was a bit confused. You see, I thought I had already forgiven that man. I honestly didn’t...

by School Of Life on 2 September 2017