I live in my head too much. I get lost in worrying about tomorrow, regretting the past, and the fantasy of wants and wishes: so much so that I easily miss what’s in front of me. Life happens in the moments, and I too often miss them. Worrying about tomorrow is easy. It’s almost natural… Continue reading This Moment Is Your Life
I know from a human viewpoint I often don’t measure up to others, and it’s impossible for me to reach God’s perfect standards. These thoughts assail me at times: “I’ll never achieve what she’s accomplished; God must like her more than me. She’s so competent and productive.” “She’s more loving, wise, and obedient than I… Continue reading Seeking Perfect Love
Discouragement clouds my soul when unloving thoughts seem like the default in my heart. Jealousy rises up: often prompted by social media posts. When selfishness plagues me, pride is always waiting. There are moments as a teacher when I’m shocked at my impatient or rude response to a student when I’m in a stressful situation.… Continue reading Feeling Exposed? How Christ’s Light Illuminates Our Deepest Places
Confusion keeps stalking me. Between Covid-19 fears, election frenzy, conspiracy theories, and disrespect on all levels, I’m continually faced with contradictory messages. My mind goes back and forth on what I believe about some issues. It’s overwhelming. I don’t know who to listen to or trust. Experts on both sides give us conflicting information. As… Continue reading What Can I Do When I Feel Helpless?
By Susan Aken Having believed in Jesus for over fifty years, I’ve heard countless lessons and sermons about prayer. I’ve enjoyed multiple prayer partners, learned much, and experienced many answers. Yet, I still struggle sometimes with prioritizing talking to God. Too often I rush through the day occasionally thinking about Him. Worries come to mind… Continue reading How Can We Pray Without Ceasing?