• 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 

    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 my vision.  Walking through…

  • A doctor holding a clipboard for a health check while talking with a patient.
    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…

  • A woman standing outside in the middle of a rain shower looking up and smiling. With trees and bushes in the background.
    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…

  • An open Bible on top of a railing with a forest in the background.
    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…

  • A woman holding her hand in a fist to her face looking upset while another woman uses both her hands to hold the woman's other hand while also holding it by her face as though praying for her.
    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…

  • Pink weights and strength equipment on a white floor with a grey brick wall in the background.
    Faith and Health

    How to Build Mental Strength in 10 Profoundly Simple Ways  

    Learning how to live with a chronic illness has forced me to learn how to build my mental strength.  Because I have good days. And bad days. Days when I feel like I can do anything. And days when I can’t get off the couch without feeling dizzy.   When I wake up, I don’t always know what the day is going to bring. Which can be quite frustrating.   But over the years, God has used this trial to help me grow in my faith. To experience His love and Presence in new ways. And to develop the mental strength I need to make it through the hardest of…

  • A woman lookin out over a field, river, and forest.
    Prayer

    13 Powerful Prayers for Mental Strength in Difficult Times 

    Struggling with poor health has completely changed my life. But not everything has been bad.   One of the good things that has come from learning to live with a chronic illness is increased mental strength.   Facing physical illness and health conditions that will never go away has forced me to lean heavily on God’s love and the Presence of God in my life. Which in turn has helped to build up my faith, resilience, perseverance, and mental toughness.   It taught me to pray more. To read God’s Word more. To practice Biblical meditation on meaningful Bible verses.   And to remember that while I may not be able to see what…

  • A woman sitting peacefully in a field looking to her side.
    Faith and Health

    How to Rest: 7 Revitalizing Types of Rest 

    There’s a lot of talk about how to rest and self-care these days. And with the busyness of our culture, it really is no surprise.  Many of us feel like we are stressed out. Burnt out. And running on empty.   We know we need to rest. But we just aren’t really sure how to.   Not only that but sometimes it can feel selfish to focus on us and our need to rest. And by all means, our selfish hearts can definitely do this. We can make an idol of anything . . . including self-care.  But we also have to remember that we can’t pour from an empty cup.   When…

  • A woman with curly hair reading her Bible.
    Bible Verses

    50 Encouraging Bible Verses About Mental Strength 

    As someone who struggles with a chronic illness, I know how exhausting health issues can be both physically and mentally.   But you don’t have to struggle with poor health to realize that life is hard sometimes. (Isn’t that an understatement!) And that developing mental strength can be very beneficial.   The first thing we need to do when thinking about building up our mental strength is turn to God and His Word. Because there are so many things God can do to help us.  By reading, meditating on, and studying these verses we can learn how to be strong mentally, so we are better prepared for the hard moments of life.  …