What to Do When Life STINKS

Jesus says that in this world, we will have trouble. Trouble is the norm. Marilyn Elliott shares the answer to getting past the stink.


Caring for the Desperate Even When the Desperate is You

Sometimes we like a clean cross with no sign of a struggle at all. Patricia S. Taylor shares what kind of cross we need to encounter when times are dark.


Worshiping in Song through Brokenness and Pain

What do you do when your heart is too heavy to sing? Michelle Marx discusses worship and how sometimes, it really is a sacrifice.


The Purpose of Crying Out in Sorrow

What is the role of sorrow in life? We all know it is unpleasant, and we want to avoid it at all costs. But, we need sorrow! Marilyn Elliott shares the benefits of sorrow and how it can open us up to real, authentic life which later leads to joy.


Christians are Allowed to Experience Sorrow

Christians are allowed to experience and express sorrow, but they are often prevented from doing so. Marilyn Elliott shares some thoughts on the role of sorrow and lament in the Christian life.


The Desperate Cry of Hosanna

Typically, we shout Hosanna in a celebratory way while our sweet children wave palm branches on Palm Sunday. But, Hosanna is not always a joyful cry. Keith Turner shares the meaning of the word Hosanna and what it means as a cry of desperation: “Lord, save now!”


The Weekly Breather: Pouring out Lament

Stop. Breathe. Be. It doesn’t matter what state you find yourself in; God still desires to draw near. Why not meet Him with honesty? Today’s Weekly Breather offers an exercise in being honest with God in lament.


What is Lent Anyway (and Why Should I Care)?

We often pretend that we know what is going on in the life of the church, but somewhere deep inside, we are wondering what in the world Lent is anyway! Patricia Taylor explains what this season of the church is, and why our souls desperately need what Lent has to offer.


Grace Filled My Empty Nest

As soon as your children become adults and leave home, you stand there thinking, “What now?” Heather Butler shares her transition into having an adult child leave for college, and how grace helps her walk through that transition.


Micah’s Story

October is infant and pregnancy loss awareness month. Our prayers are with all those who are grieving the loss of a child at any stage. Rachel Paddock shares an intimate look into the life and loss of her unborn child, Micah.