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10 Christian Books to Nurture Your Marriage in 2017

I’ve always loved books. Growing up, if I wasn’t outside playing soccer, you could find me curled up on the couch with a book in my hand. My parents would frequently joke that they were going to go broke trying to get me new books! Although I don’t play soccer anymore and my time on the couch is limited by my very active daughter, I still love books! So it’s no surprise that after I got engaged, I wanted to read every book I could possibly get my hands on about Christian marriage and how to be a good wife for the man God has given me. God has used each of the books on this list to minister to my heart, provide comfort in tough times, change me in more ways than I can count, and, most importantly of all, to bring me closer to God and closer to…

Teaching Yourself To Crave God’s Word

It seems like the words “to crave” are usually reserved for things that are bad for us. We crave chocolate cake. Or a large, caffeinated coffee drink (my personal favorite!). We rarely seem to “crave” healthy things, like salads or exercise. Unless we take the time necessary to cultivate those cravings. For example, if you start exercising every day, eventually you’ll notice your body craving that physical activity, until you just don’t feel right without it. Same with healthy food. If you make an effort to cut down on sugar, you’ll probably find that healthy food tastes better, and your body actually starts to crave meals that are good for you. I believe that the same is true with Bible study. As Christians, reading God’s Word should be a very important part of our daily lives. As we read His Word, we grow closer to Him and become in tune…

Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

I recently went through one of the toughest times in my life. The sadness was overwhelming. Each day felt like a struggle. I was drowning. And then I’d hear the words: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” In fact, I hear this pretty often in Christian circles. Someone starts talking about a problem in their life and someone else (maybe even you or I) pats them on their shoulder and says, “Don’t worry, God won’t give you more than you can handle.” It sounds nice, doesn’t it? I mean, we serve a loving God who knows all of our weaknesses. He created us. He loves us. He loves us too much to give us more than we can handle, right? So why wasn’t I able to pull myself out of the pit of my sadness? Why couldn’t I handle what was given to me? Because the statement “God…

The Greatest Love Story Ever Written: The Life Of Jesus

Like many young girls, when I was growing up I’d dream of being a beautiful princess waiting for my handsome prince to rescue me. He’d slay all the dragons without fear. He’d love me enough to be willing to die for me. He’d save me from those who wished me harm. And then real life began creeping in. The princes were really frogs. The dragons were too strong. I wasn’t safe from harm. I lost hope in romance. I lost hope in love. Until I found the greatest love story ever written. This is an incredible story of love, intrigue, betrayal, and the ultimate sacrifice. This is a story with a Prince who is more powerful than any dragon yet more humble than any servant. He is strong and fierce yet kind and merciful. He loves tenderly. Even His rebukes are loving and gentle. His touch is healing. His words are…

Living an Authentic Faith: Becoming More like Jesus

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ” (Mahatma Gandhi). I’ve seen this quote from time to time, maybe you’ve seen it too. If I’m being honest, it annoyed me at first. My (sinful) knee-jerk reaction was defensiveness: Really? I mean, we’re just humans. Of course we’re not like Christ all the time. The problem with that defense is that we, as Christians, are called to be like Christ (1 John 2:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Ephesians 5:1-2, John 13:13-17). But lately I’ve been thinking that many of us, as Christians, may not be acting very Christ-like. Maybe we’ve lost our way. Maybe Gandhi has a point. Maybe others can see what we can’t. Maybe we’re so busy following our “rules” about what to do and what not to do (wear this, read that, don’t say that, don’t drink that), too busy…

10 Things To Do Instead of Just Saying the Words “I’ll Pray For You”

When those around us are hurting or suffering, sometimes we feel paralyzed. We don’t know what to do to help. So we say the words, “I’ll pray for you,” and then we go back to our busy lives. Maybe we get so busy we forget to actually follow through and pray, maybe we offer up a quick prayer and then try to put it out of our minds. Instead of moving on so quickly, here are a few suggestions for how we, as Christians, can serve others in need, as the hands and feet of Jesus. First, take the time to actually pray. We need to be careful to not just say the words “I’ll pray” and then not follow through. Prayer is the most powerful, important step we can take in helping others. We don’t want to neglect to do so in the midst of our busy days.  If…