• A woman praying with her eyes closed.
    Prayer

    How to Ask God for Something You REALLY Want!  

    Have you ever wondered if it is OK to ask God for something you really want? I mean, God is holy, righteous, and in charge of the whole universe, so does He really care about the little things going on in our lives?  The answer to this common question is ABSOLUTELY!  God wants us to ask Him for things. God wants us to ask Him for help.   To tell Him what we want and need. To bring to Him all of our hopes and dreams.   While He already knows the deepest longings of our hearts, He still wants us to bring these things before Him in prayer.   But there are…

  • A woman laying back in a hammock and smiling.
    Spiritual Growth

    How to Abide in Christ And Why It Matters

    When you ask someone how they are doing what is the answer they usually give?  “BUSY”. Right? I like to say, “Good but busy.”   You know, put a little positive spin on it.   As a society, we seem to be getting busier and busier . . .   While at the same time becoming more stressed, anxious, and depressed than ever.   But God wants something better for us. Which is why He calls us to ABIDE. What does it mean to abide in God’s Presence? Abiding in God’s presence means we have to spend time WITH Him.   Perhaps the reason why we feel so stressed out is because we aren’t doing…

  • A road stretching off into the sunset.
    Spiritual Growth

    What Does Living for Eternity REALLY Mean???

    The doctor took a deep breath and said five little words that would change my life forever.   “It is a chronic condition.”  Now, to be completely honest the reality of those words didn’t really sink in during that moment. I was too happy about finally knowing what was wrong with me.   But after many years, those words now mock me with their permanence. Because this illness is going to last for the rest of my life. While the enemy would love to use my suffering to bring me down. To keep me trapped in a place where I can’t stop the tears and am overwhelmed by my fears . . .  …

  • A woman looking like she is in pain while placing her hands on her stomach.
    Faith and Health

    What Is Gastroparesis? Plus 7 Helpful Tips For Living Well!

    My husband worked hard to prepare a fantastic meal for us. It smelled great and I was looking forward to enjoying it.   We sat down. Prayed together. And began to dig in.   The food was just as amazing as it smelled. I smiled at my husband and thanked him for the food. Then continued eating a couple more bites . . . and that is when it happened.   Again.   I set my fork down and my husband looked at me worriedly.   “What’s wrong?” he asked.   I assured him the food was fine, but that I was full. And he looked at me quizzically and said, “But you only had a couple…

  • A woman praying in the shadows.
    Prayer

    7 Reasons Why Our Prayers Are Not Answered and What to Do About It

    Some days it’s difficult for me to hold onto my faith and continue to pray . . . while living with a chronic illness that won’t go away.   After years of praying and praying for healing . . . and hearing nothing, it sometimes feels like God isn’t answering my prayers.   But is that really true?  Are there prayers that God will not answer?  Or is He just not answering my prayers the way I want Him to?  One of the hardest things to face in life is when our prayers go unanswered, and the situation gets worse. In those moments, when our hearts are broken, and the tears won’t stop flowing…

  • An open Bible on a table with white drapes in the background.
    Bible Study

    9 Powerful Lessons to Learn from Blind Bartimaeus 

    “Lord, I want to walk!”   The tears welled up as I watched a couple walking down the beach, holding hands as their playful dog ran along the shore.   “I want to stand without feeling dizzy. And I want to walk without feeling faint.”  After over 10 years of dealing with a chronic illness, I just want God to fix it. So, I can enjoy a normal life.   And yet, so far He hasn’t.  When facing painful circumstances, we can find ourselves in a dark place. Pulling back from God. Questioning our faith.   We may even find ourselves hesitating to pray.   Because after years of praying the same thing over and…

  • A woman's hands folded in prayer on top of her open Bible.
    Bible Study

    30 of the Best Bible Study Tips & Tricks!

    There’s a difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. If we just read the Bible, we may never really understand it. Or know how to correctly apply it. We’ll find ourselves just reading about . . . rather than getting to know the One who wrote it.   Which is a tragedy.  Reading the Bible is good. But if all we ever do is just read it, it’s like only ever looking at the surface of the ocean. We’ll miss the beauty, wonder, and majesty that comes from diving beneath the surface and going deeper.  God doesn’t want us just to read His Word. He wants us to study it. So,…

  • A woman squinting her eyes whle holding her hand to her temples like she has a headache. With a pen in her other hand, notebook, computer and plant on a desk. And a window in the background.
    Faith and Health

    Help for Migraines: 5 Painless Tips for Migraine Relief  

    Migraines can cause a lot of problems. They can make everyday life difficult. And they can affect a person’s employment, relationships, and overall well-being.     They can mean missing out on special events, parties, and other fun activities. They can even lead to mental health issues like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and more.     This is why it’s so important to look for ways to find help for migraines What can trigger a migraine? When we know what triggers our migraines, we can find ways to avoid these things. However, migraine triggers can vary drastically from person to person. It might take some time to figure out what your specific triggers are.   Read…

  • A woman reading her Bible in a field with trees in the background.
    Bible Study

    Closer to Christ: 12 Dynamic Bible Study Methods 

    Studying the Bible can feel a bit intimidating. After all, it’s a huge book with lots of pages. There are strange words and unfamiliar concepts. It was written in a time and culture very different from our own.   And yet, studying the Bible is an important part of our walk with Christ.   So, how do we go about studying the Bible when we feel so poorly equipped? When we feel overwhelmed and are unsure of where or even how to start?  The first thing we need to do is take a deep breath and remember that God is willing to help us with this.   And the second thing we need…

  • A woman laying down while reading the Bible.
    Bible Study

    How to Study the Bible Effectively in 5 Simple Steps

    MORE.  It felt like the word jumped off the page and hit me in the face. My spiritual director had just asked if there was anything I’d written down that I thought God wanted me to focus on.   And there it was.   The word MORE.  As I thought about what this word meant, I realized God was calling me to MORE in my relationship with Him.   While I’d been a Christian for many years, I hadn’t really gone deeper. Now, God was making me painfully aware that knowing a lot ABOUT Him . . . is not the same as KNOWING Him personally and intimately.   God was inviting me to…