Prayer

Becoming More Like Jesus–Praying for Our Enemies

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (Matt. 5:44, NIV). Guest post by Kristi Woods Think about someone who hurt you. How did you love or pray for them? Or, did you? As a mother, I love and protect my children. When someone wounds them, my mama bear… Continue reading Becoming More Like Jesus–Praying for Our Enemies

Relationships, Showing love

Breaking the Anger Cycle

Banana bread wafts from the kitchen. My three kids’ bellies are pleasantly full of the warm treat as the sun quiets its rays through sheer curtains. The smell of fall fills our home with hope for the new season.  A piercing scream interrupts the sweet silence. My youngest child’s pounding feet shake the floor as… Continue reading Breaking the Anger Cycle

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.

Relationships

Searching For Deep and Real Relationships

Today’s Instagram culture doesn’t leave much room for the authentic.  Have an imperfection? No problem. There’s a filter for that! And who needs real friends when you can have 1,000 followers on Twitter? With the right lighting and proper angles, everyone can look like anyone but their real selves. The world looks at the exterior,… Continue reading Searching For Deep and Real Relationships

Relationships

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