“Not now, sweetie, I’m busy.” “Go ask mom.” “I can’t.  I’m going to the mall with Julia tomorrow.” “I’d rather go to the movies.” “What did you say?  I wasn’t listening.” It hurts when those we love are too busy for us.  It doesn’t just hurt; it breaks […]

  Emptiness abounds.  A click of a button can become a painful reminder of the parched souls and aching hearts that may be hiding behind the faces of our closest family, neighbors, and friends.  Sometimes, we see the pain; other times, we don’t find out until it is […]

Where does joy come from? Something that gets whole groups of Christians spinning in circles is the question of happiness.  I have friends who get weird looks and comments from strangers in public because they’re just “too happy.”  It often comes up in many churches that Christians should […]

I don’t think I’ll ever get used to having as dear and sweet a friend as Jesus.  I don’t even know where to find the words for the love He has shown me.  The joy, the thrill, the sense of humor, all make me want to laugh and […]

I was praying in the morning a few weeks ago when the Lord interrupted me to tell me something. “I love you.” What shocked me was that my first thought in reply was “You do?” I know that Jesus loves me.  Not just because I have heard it, […]

  I struggle constantly to share prayer needs with others.  I often have no trouble talking to God about various things on my mind, but I have also struggled personally to pray for my own prayer needs, and to pray without ceasing over the daily actions and routine […]

  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV) I’ve been spending a lot of time lately praying for […]

  Guest post by M. L. Detwiler   Have you ever stopped to wonder why humans even wear clothes at all? I mean, there is literally no other living creature on the planet that takes so much time and expense just to cover their bodies. Of course, there’s […]

  “‘Worst?’ Why would I want to have the *WORST* Valentine’s Day ever?”   Well, that is a good question. But…you’re reading the article now, aren’t you. 😉 However, this sentiment is basically exactly what our actions speak about what is going on in our hearts. The moping, […]

  As I was half asleep today, my mind began racing, filling with heart-wrenching scenes of utter depravity and hopelessness which I have observed as we have traversed the continent. Hollow eyes, desperate faces, bodies marred by sin. Many kids see the idols of music and film living […]