Faith + Life

When God Smiles: Joy in the Face of Trials

This past weekend, I saw Nichole Nordeman perform at a thanksgiving concert here in southern California; one thing she said struck me—we need to be still and take in God. On a sadder note, one of the singers who was […]

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The Treasure of Woman-to-Woman Friendships

“What do you mean—you don’t have any close friends?” asked Gene, my husband of four months. “What about me? I’m your friend.” I appreciated my groom’s attempt to make me feel better, but his words brought little solace. Marrying him […]

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Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Biblical? 3 Ways to Tell

It’s that time of year when the world is abuzz in new year’s resolutions, lists of new habits to adopt, and ways to be healthier, happier, sexier, and spiritual-er. The church does this too; it seems we’ve jumped on the […]

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The Gift of Meeting a Need (Part 2)

If you missed part 1, head over and read it now! Diving into winter coats, we headed out the front door to what I desperately hoped would not be a complete disaster. I prayed every step of the way, asking […]

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The Gift of Meeting a Need (Part 1)

Proverbs 25:21-22 says, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” We […]

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Trade Stress for Joy This Christmas

As we approach the holiday season, it appears that the push to get us into the festive mood and full of Christmas cheer begins earlier each year. By mid-October, retail outlets are reminding us to deck the halls and drain […]

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