Years ago, God gifted me with the ability to sit with, pray for, and comfort sick family members who were in the process of passing. In many ways, it gave other family members encouragement. It started with my grandma, then my dad, my mom, and then my brother. It was undoubtedly the hardest thing that […]
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Years ago, I watched a documentary about a man who ate fast-food three times a day for 30 days. The documentary captured his weight gain, and medical test results revealed negative changes to his blood and cholesterol levels. As if things couldn’t get worse, the documentary also showed how various fast food products didn’t mold […]
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God is bigger than any struggle we face. This weekend, we sang “Bigger Than I Thought” by Sean Curran. Today, spend time listening to this song again and remember these words throughout the day. Sean opens up the song by singing, “Speak to me when the silence steals my voice.” Throughout history, silence has plagued […]
Like most popular idioms, the phrase “the struggle is real” is rooted in a shared reality: we all face undesirable circumstances and challenges on a daily basis. A quick internet search delivers scores of related memes and urban dictionary entries because it attaches a wink of irony to the real-world problems with which so many […]
The struggle is real. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, it is inevitable that we will experience it. In Monday’s LivingItOut, we defined struggle as the tension of wanting what we don’t have or having what we don’t want. We all experience struggle, and chances are this is a truth you know […]
Around 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. We have such good intentions, but we always seem to run out of willpower. We’re offered tips like these: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis “You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.” […]
I love New Year’s Eve more than Christmas. I feel like I’m not allowed to say that, but it’s true. Sure, I do love Christmas—the time with family and friends, good food, thoughtful gifts—but there’s also a lot of pressure that comes with the holiday. The New Year, on the other hand, feels like nothing […]
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A couple of years ago, my dear niece Ellen bought me a planner that included both weekly and monthly calendars. It is so beautiful. It is a pretty green color and has the verse Song of Solomon 4:1: “Behold you are beautiful” on the cover. It has Bible verses throughout the planner. I came up […]