Hardships and Trials, Relationships

God’s Gift of Supportive Friends

Have you ever experienced a crisis that left you feeling vulnerable and wounded? Perhaps it felt like you were covered in sores and the gentlest breeze felt like a blast of fire, so you sought solace in isolation. That was me this spring. My family experienced two major health issues—first my stepdad, then my daughter—that… Continue reading God’s Gift of Supportive Friends

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Relationships

When Relationships Fail–Our Role

As I reflected on my situation with the offended woman, I thought of how Christ treated me. When I was living in complete rebellion against Him, He pursued me, diligently and patiently. When I sinned again and again, He forgave me. And when my sin created a barrier between us that I couldn’t cross, through His death, He tore it down.

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Relationships

Leaning into God When Your Kids Hurt- By Shelley Brooks

God gave us moms the best and the worst job on the planet. Think about that statement. What comes to mind? I'm a mother of a boy and a girl; I had no idea what life was going to be like for the next 20 years, but God did. I wasn’t a Christian when they… Continue reading Leaning into God When Your Kids Hurt- By Shelley Brooks

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When Women Encourage Rather Than Criticize or Compete

Blessing and Bonding By Victoria Mejias Ever feel like you don’t belong? I have. I still do. I have one older brother. I never had a sister. And for a long time, I was the only girl on my mom’s side of the family. So growing up, I tended to be closer to my aunts.… Continue reading When Women Encourage Rather Than Criticize or Compete

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When Setting Healthy Boundaries Feels Hard

God-honoring boundaries lead to increased health. Without them, people begin to hide, trust shatters, emotional intimacy decreases if not dies altogether, and isolation grows. When my daughter was younger, one of her friendships turned unhealthy and caused her considerable and consistent pain. She began justifying the poor behavior, telling herself the behavior didn’t, or perhaps… Continue reading When Setting Healthy Boundaries Feels Hard