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“Muscle relaxers, Tylenol, and physical therapy,” the neurologist said. At 32, I was faced with two options: living in pain every day or living on medication every day. I didn’t like either option, to be honest. And to be even more honest, I don’t like that my body seems to only fall apart.  Between chronic […]

By Brittany Allen

Our Broken Bodies in Light of Redemption

In the span of two months, I said two contradictory statements to my husband.  “I don’t think I can be a stay-at-home mom anymore.”  “I think I just want to be a stay-at-home mom right now.”  My patient husband always waits for me to unwrap these statements. He knows they’re likely the start of a […]

By Rachel Dee

Be a Jonathan: a New Perspective on Friendship

This article is part of our series on The Power of Words. Words have always had the power to create life or to create death. Just like sticks and stones can break our bones, words can also break our spirit and our communion with God and others. Our hope is that this series will encourage […]

The Power of Words: The Hope of God’s Word

By Taylor Cage

This article is part of our series on The Power of Words. Words have always had the power to create life or to create death. Just like sticks and stones can break our bones, words can also break our spirit and our communion with God and others. Our hope is that this series will encourage […]

By Abbey Wedgeworth

The Power of Words: Our Words Online

This article is part of our series on The Power of Words. Words have always had the power to create life or to create death. Just like sticks and stones can break our bones, words can also break our spirit and our communion with God and others. Our hope is that this series will encourage […]

By Fernie Cosgrove

The Power of Words: Building Others Up

This article is part of our series on The Power of Words. Words have always had the power to create life or to create death. Just like sticks and stones can break our bones, words can also break our spirit and our communion with God and others. Our hope is that this series will encourage […]

The Power of Words: Winning the War

By Maggie Combs

This article is part of our series on The Power of Words. Words have always had the power to create life or to create death. Just like sticks and stones can break our bones, words can also break our spirit and our communion with God and others. Our hope is that this series will encourage […]

By Jessica Mathisen

Speaking from the Overflow

The morning after my very first book was published—the day people said relief would flood in after months of anticipation—I read a review about The Well-Watered Woman that left me in a puddle of tears. The words felt like a stone hurled at my soul, sucker-punching my identity in Christ. I can still recite several […]

By Gretchen Saffles

Sticks and Stones and Words that Hurt

Has a relationship in your life become messy? Has something that started as encouraging eroded into an obsessive, painful web of emotions? Your new BFF insists on knowing everything about your daily activities. It felt so amazing initially, but now you feel trapped. Your mentor or someone you’ve been discipling has stepped back from needing […]

Three Truths for a Messy Relationship

By Ellen Mary Dykas

Facing Motherhood I remember facing motherhood not knowing how to be the mother I wanted to be. When I became a mom, I desired to make a home that makes disciples. But I was overwhelmed by what I didn’t know. My own mother grew up in church. But she mothered me more motivated by legalism […]

By Shekea Moreno

Facing Motherhood Without a Blueprint

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