Chutes and Ladders: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

What about when I am a good person, do all the right things, serve God with all my heart…and things don’t turn out the way they are supposed to turn out? Ben Arnold shares what he learned about bad things happening to good people from a game of chutes and ladders.


The Weekly Breather: In the Garden with Jesus

Stop. Breathe. Be. When we are grieving the loss of someone or something that is precious to us, it can become easy to hold onto that pain and let it color our whole lives. The practice of meeting Jesus at the garden can help us to grieve hand-in-hand with the one whose stripes heal our deepest hurts.


Why Faith-Filled Depression is Better Than Pseudo-Holy Hope

What does a person really need when they are walking through a dark time? Duke Walker shares wisdom that faith-filled depression is better than pseudo-holy hope. Christian faith in the midst of depression is a faith that is grounded in the unchanging nature of God. This is the faith that walks through the valley with the knowledge that God goes with us. To hope for anything else is idolatry and contributes to the depth of despair rather than lifting one out of it.


Physical Health is Discipleship

What can we learn by physical health and exercise? Randy Hardman shares his thoughts on loving God with all our strength, and how that translated into wholeness for him.


Jesus, Please Lead Me to Wholeness

When we delve into the depths of our inner pain, we can surely expect the temptation to stop the process. After all, pain is never pleasant, and most of our lives, we avoid it at all costs. But, what if the path to healing is found in walking through the pain to get to the other side? Kathy Milans shares encouragement in the journey toward victory in inner healing.


Pet Hamsters and Teaching Children about Death

Children learn best by the hands-on work of play and journeying through everyday life. Marilyn Elliott shares a teachable experience she had with her kids. When their pet hamster died, she used the experience to help them understand what happens when a loved one passes away.


Tips for Talking With Children about Death

How in the world can we talk with our children and help them understand death when we don’t understand it ourselves? The topic makes us uncomfortable and afraid. It touches pain inside our own hearts from the questions we have that remain unanswered. Ellen Martin offers helpful, solid advice for helping our children death with death and grief.


Beyond the Deception of Depression

Today’s post features Martha O’Reilly, author of Beyond the Deception of Depression. Here, she talks about the inspiration for her book and her hopes for those who will read it.


6 Ways to Survive Mother’s Day

For many people, Mother’s Day is not a day filled with celebration. For those of us who were abandoned or have lost their mothers, it can be downright painful. In today’s post, Kathy Milans shares six ways to survive (and even grow) through a painful Mother’s Day.


On Suicide: The Power of Having a Marathon Partner

In the marathon of life, we’re all running the “first one,” and it is filled with countless challenges, unknowns, and “walls” that seem insurmountable. Each of us desperately needs a community that will surround us, love us, encourage us, and remind us that we can do it, to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.