WHERE IS MY HELP?

The Source of Your Self-Esteem

One week into my sabbatical I made it through a 24-hour period without thinking about the church. It was strange … and refreshing. It is common, unhealthy and unbiblical to get your sense of self-esteem from your work. It’s great to take pride in what you do, but dangerous to make it the source of […]

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LIFE-GIVING SLEEP

The Incredible Power of Sleep

I had a hard time sleeping for the first week of my sabbatical. Restlessness and anxiety kept me tossing and turning. And then, like a switch turning off, suddenly I slept and slept and slept. Like a baby, as they say, I pushed through the anxiety and found the rhythm of REM sleep. Eight full […]

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God is an Artist

Reflections on God's Creation

The first week of my sabbatical was spent with a deep dive into nature — Five days alone with God, reflecting on the colors, contours, and beauty of his creative work. From the mountains of southern Colorado to the canyons of northern Arizona to the forests and beaches of California … God reveals himself as […]

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SCRIPTURE FOR HARD TIMES

A 5-Step Process for Drawing Strength from Scripture

Life can be a bit of a roller coaster at times. There may be seasons of stability – times when everything seems to be running smoothly – but, those seasons are always interrupted by the natural bend of life toward chaos and disruption. Here’s a 31-day Scripture reading plan specifically for those months that you […]

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THE PARALYZING EMOTIONS

Five Biblical Ways to Deal with Difficult Emotions

Emotions often seem to rule daily life. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. We choose activities and hobbies based on the emotions they incite. They drive how we feel much of the time. So, what does the Bible say about emotions and how we can handle them […]

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WRITING THE MOTHER’S DAY CARD

Seven Biblical Suggestions for What to Say on Mother's Day

Every mom handles Mother’s Day differently. Some want a full day of celebration with their children all around them. That’s why church attendance will jump significantly this Sunday. Many moms will drag their adult children to church with them. Other moms would rather get some alone time. Whatever your mom’s Mother’s Day wishes might be, […]

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OPEN YOUR EYES TO JESUS

Places Where You Can Hear and See Jesus

Some people go through life with their eyes closed. There is a time to close your eyes — moments that demand closed eyes. But most of life was meant to be lived with your eyes wide open. The problem is that you miss so much when your eyes are closed. Jesus went through life with […]

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Powerful Morning Prayers

Seven Prayers to Start Your Day with God

Are you a morning person? We live in a culture that is increasingly time conscious. We realize that we cannot create time, we can only manage what we fill it with. No matter what your schedule looks like — No matter what time your day starts and ends — it’s important to start it with […]

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