It was a cool March evening, just days before my second child was going to be born. I rocked my son, Jude, looking down into his flushed, feverish face. He was fighting croup, a sickness all of my siblings and I have been hospitalized for. Worry was threatening to overwhelm my mind and heart — all those familiar feelings of fear and “what ifs” bombarding me.
When I was twenty-two, I went through an incredibly mortifying experience. A pastor called me on the phone and accused me of “publicly dishonoring my husband.” Eric and I had been married for about four years, and had a loving, God-centered relationship, built upon honor and trust. I had never intentionally dishonored my husband, let alone publicly. The pas
Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord still run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh, that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where now is the Lord God of Elijah?
The scent of tropical sunscreen mingled with the aroma of spicy Mexican food as Eric (my husband, who was then nineteen) sat in the oversized restaurant booth, crunching on tortilla chips and engaging in small talk with his fellow camp counselors. They had just ended a week of being “good spiritual influences” for several hundred kids at a Christian summer camp.
I stood in the street next to the idling taxi cab, feeling small and unbearably vulnerable. It was still early in the morning and the rising sun fell over the city of Kunming, China, like a thin blanket of warm, golden haze.
My walk with God is faltering right now, especially in the prayer department. I need something to help get my prayer life going again, so I thought about trying to keep a prayer journal. I just have no clue how. How do you do that?
Corrie ten Boom wrote, “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Rather, have an appointment with the Lord, and keep it!” I have found this principle to be extremely helpful in making prayer my highest priority. Very often, prayer is not what I “feel” like do
As I’ve studied the lives of many great Christian women throughout the centuries, I’ve noticed that many of them had an incredible understanding of how to put on the full armor of God and resist the fiery darts of the enemy in the power of Christ’s name.I was greatly inspired by th
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.1 John 1:6Several weeks ago, the dynamics among the Ludy siblings were a bit “off.” Bickering, tattling, and selfishness had been continually tainting the peaceful atmosphere of our family.
Whenever a new year begins, our society encourages us to “turn over a new leaf” in self-improvement areas such as fitness, diet, and personal goals. And while it can be good to establish fresh vision and discipline in these areas, none of them are as important as our daily time wit