• A woman with her eyes closed and hands held by her face in prayer.
    Prayer

    16 Soothing Prayers for Healing and Hope 

    By: Arrica Hess  One of the most helpless feelings in the world is when someone in your life is hurting and knowing you can’t stop the pain. Hurt comes in many forms: physical, emotional, and spiritual.  For me personally, I know I am deeply burdened when one of my children are sick or are emotionally hurt by a friend or another family member. I would give anything to make it go away.  We’ve all been there both personally and on behalf of others. We say, “The only thing I can do is pray.” The truth is that prayer is the MOST you can do. When we pray, we are asking…

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    Prayer

    Helmet of Salvation Prayer: How to Pray for Spiritual Armor 

    By Karen Ellis  As children of God, we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. The battles we face are not just physical but also spiritual, and we need to be equipped with the full armor of God to stand firm against the devil’s schemes.  We know we will face trouble in this world because Jesus tells us this in John 16:33,  “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (NLT)  Then Paul reminds us in…

  • A woman kneeling on the ground in the rain with her hands lifted up. And a Bible and an umbrella on the ground near her.
    Faith and Health

    Hope for the Depressed 

    By Kimberly Wyse Do you wake up each morning, the weight of the world pressing down on your shoulders before your feet even touch the ground?   The battle with depression is not a solitary struggle, although you may feel so alone. It’s an all-consuming force that threatens to drown out the light of hope and joy in your life.  If you’re anything like me, all you want to do is sleep, but sleep can be the most elusive thing. You feel stuck, maybe not even sure what the problem is. You WANT to get better, but the idea of asking for help seems ridiculous or even frightening.  Even though it…

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    Bible Verses

    35 Hope-Filled Bible Verses for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts 

    Throughout my teenage years, I dealt with overwhelming sadness and depression. And I spent many nights considering taking my own life.   I struggled with low self-esteem. The pain of cruel words spoken over me. And with the subtle bullying common among teenage girls. (I can only imagine what girls go through today with the rise of social media. And my heart breaks for them.)  Looking back, I can see that while I had thoughts of suicide, what I really wanted was for the pain to stop. I needed a reason to believe it wouldn’t always be this way. A reason to keep going. A reason to hope for better days.   According…

  • A woman sitting on top of a rock holding her knees in her arms and looking out over the mountains.
    Faith and Health

    Why Doesn’t God Heal Everyone: 3 Stories of People Jesus Healed 

    By Mary Rooney Armand Sitting in the chair at the optical store, I knew something was wrong.  The technician looked concerned and asked random questions about my makeup routine and past vision problems.  I was 21 years old and needed a pair of eyeglasses, that’s it. But this visit took an unexpected turn.  According to the optician, she observed something unusual, and I had to see a specialist; not something I expected or wanted to hear.  She referred me to an Ophthalmologist, a medical doctor specializing in eye treatment and surgery.  Oh boy, this sounded serious.  This ordinary day in an optician store began an uncomfortable journey managing and sustaining…

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    Prayer

    15 Powerful Healing Prayers for Good Medical Test Results 

    When we’re waiting for the results of medical tests it can be hard to sit still. We may feel anxious or worried. We may find ourselves thinking about all the what-ifs. And we may wonder what the future holds for us.  It can be a scary time. This is why in those moments of waiting, the best thing we can do is to spend time with the God who loves us and is with us every step of the way.   Reading Bible verses reminds us of God’s precious promises to us. We can also spend time in prayer. Pouring out our hearts out before God (Lamentations 2:19) and asking for God’s…

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    Bible Study

    What Rain in the Bible Symbolizes & Why It Matters 

    I’ve always loved rainy days. There is something so peaceful about the sound of rain hitting the ground. Something so relaxing about the smell of the earth. And something so calming about looking upon grey skies.   It makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a good book.   But while I love rainy days, what I love even more is discovering what God has to say about rain.   Because when we take a look at what rain in the Bible symbolizes . . . it’s quite fascinating. And it may just teach us to see the next rainy day as an invitation: So…

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    Bible Study

    What is the Meaning of the Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor? 

    In Jesus’s earthly ministry, He often spoke in parables. These short but impactful stories were a powerful teaching tool He used to help explain very important principles in easy-to-understand ways.   We can benefit from studying Jesus’s parables because they are full of wisdom, advice, and practical steps to help us in our lives today.   And the parable of the unforgiving debtor is one of those very helpful stories with a very important lesson. What is the parable of the unforgiving servant? The parable of the unforgiving debtor comes shortly after the parable of the lost sheep. And it can be found in Matthew 8:21-35.  The apostle Peter knew that the…

  • Two open Bibles with glasses, and a cross on one of them. Both have plants on them. An open notebook, pencil, plants, and ferns on a white tablecloth.
    Prayer

    How to Design an Awesome Christian Prayer Room in 6 Easy Steps 

    Prayer is one of the best ways for us to get to know God and grow in our faith.   In the morning prayer can help us start our day out right. During the day prayer can help us stay focused on Jesus so we can find inner peace even in the chaos. And at night prayer can help us look back, reflect, and process.  But if you’re like most people, including me, prayer isn’t easy.   It can be hard to find time to sit still. And it can be a struggle to know what to say. But there is a reason prayer isn’t easy.   Because we have an enemy.   And…

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    Prayer

    Get Well Soon Prayer: 15 Prayers for Comfort and Healing  

    Living with health issues is hard. When we wake up, we don’t always know what the day will bring.   Then there are times when we hear about someone else who is facing an illness or struggling with poor health. And of course, we want to help and be an encouragement to them.   Because we know what it’s like dealing with a broken body.   In those moments, whether we are facing our own health issues or know of someone else who is struggling, the greatest thing we can do is pray.   This is why we’ve put together a list of 15 encouraging “get well soon prayers” that will bring comfort and…