When I was Suicidal

when i was suicidal

When I was suicidal, I still believed in God. I imagined landing by the gates of heaven, where I would answer to Jesus why I killed myself. I thought he would understand and welcome me with open arms, saying, “Everything is alright now. Your pain is over.” I wasn’t sure of the right time to [...]

A Different Kind of Stress

different kind of stress

[Guest Post by Bonnie Gray - I was surprised to find the answers I was looking for in her new book Finding Spiritual Whitespace. I think all of us at some point in our life think we just have to try or pray harder. Do more. I love, love, love her story. If you're stressed [...]

Shame, Our Souls, and the Gospel

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[Guest Post by Kimberly Davidson Campbell - I have never met a woman who had it all together on the inside. Maybe you do a good job or holding everything together on the outside, but there's always traces of shame that tries to steal our joy. I appreciate Kim's words of encouragement today. Like fresh [...]

Mental Health and the Church {With Video Links}

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Recently, I attended the Mental Health and the Church Conference at Saddleback Church (#Hope4MH).  The good news is that they just posted ALL the videos from the plenary and breakout sessions. You can watch them on YouTube here. If you struggle with mental health or know someone who does, please watch and share! It was [...]

When it’s Easier to Declare Defeat

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[Guest Post by Mara Rose - I am so encouraged by her story because someday if my husband and I decide to have kids I will have to go off my medications, and that will not be easy. I love what she says that God still performs medical miracles. Believe it! Be encouraged today my [...]

Lessons Learned from Fasting

lessons learned from fasting

[Guest Post by Elise Boggs - We met many years at North Coast Church. She worked on staff with the College ministry, and I was serving as a volunteer in the 20-something ministry. It's pretty amazing to see how far she has come. If you find yourself like Elise, unfamiliar with fasting -- I think [...]