Author: Guest Contributor Christen Shell With a new year comes new year resolutions and goals. “I want to start a family this year.” “I’m going to make these strides in my career.” “I’m going to get out of debt.” Goals and resolutions are important — they keep us accountable and give us something to strive … More How Can We Glorify God With our Goals in 2020?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Giving thanks in all circumstances. It seems easier when things are going well and worry feels far. But as I’ve thought about thankfulness more deeply recently, I’ve pondered how we can make sense … More Still I Will Worship
I grew up reading theology and for a long time I hated every moment of it. I didn’t understand why my parents would torture me with reading assignments each summer. Piper, MacArthur, Sproul—I was reading all of these spiritual giants by the age of 12. Boring, massive books, stuff I didn’t understand, and stuff I … More 3 Unexpected Benefits of Studying Theology
I am as guilty as anyone of cramming way too much into my schedule. It’s not that I have a problem saying “no”—I do that regularly—it’s that I just enjoy living a full life. I had three kids in three years. I’m a pastor’s wife, a writer, an occasional speaker, and a Bible study and … More When We Settle for Less Than Rest
After graduating from Bible college and seminary, my husband Andrew and I stayed in touch with many of our friends—people with whom we dreamed of and prepared for ministry. Within a matter of years, however, many of our friends had left ministry indefinitely. These are not all sad stories—some have felt a call by God … More 6 Questions to Consider if You’re Called to Full Time Ministry
Social media can be a great tool for building and sustaining relationships. It’s pretty incredible that we’re able to connect with friends and family who live all over the world right from our phones! However, when on social media, we all know that it is impossible to escape being bombarded by other people’s beliefs. Recently, … More 3 Popular Phrases We Should Rethink
It is hard for me to admit that my kiddos are not always the problem. Its hard to admit that sometimes my own sin affects their behavior and could have long term devastating effects if not dealt with. My parents strongly believed that one of the best things a parent can say to a … More Our Laziness Will Make or Break our Children
James 3 refers to the tongue as a fire; “a world of evil among the parts of the body…it corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire and is itself set on fire by Hell.” “Those who consider themselves religious yet do not keep a tight reign on their tongue … More Prayer Chain Gossip
Hello Everyone!! For those of you who have faithfully read my blog over the years, thank you so much! I definitely plan on continuing to blog, but you might have noticed the blogs are coming a little less frequently lately. Here’s why. My husband and I have been praying for direction for me for … More Why I’m Stepping Back Slightly From Blogging
I was 12 when my parents pulled a packet of bright yellow papers out of a drawer and placed them in front of me. My young eyes fell onto the pages filled with verses, and fill in the blanks as Mom and Dad slowly and lovingly led me through a study about what communion … More Communion: Sacred or Snack?