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There was a strange rule in my graduate counseling program: don’t pass the tissues. It’s not surprising, but a lot of crying happens in counseling programs. I remember the first time one of my professors gestured to a fresh box of Kleenex in the center of the room and instructed us not to touch it—unless […]

[Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from chapter 21 of In the Hands of a Fiercely Tender God, Colleen Chao’s forthcoming book on suffering that provides thirty-one days of hope, honesty, and encouragement for the sufferer. Find it available for preorder today.] Early this morning, while it was still dark and quiet, I lay in […]

This article is part of the Preach the Gospel to Yourself Series. We know that phrases like “preach the gospel to yourself” are used so frequently in Christian circles that they can become Christian gobbly gook. You kind of get what it means, but don’t know how to actually do it. This series offers specific […]

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated high school. I’d always talked about being a writer and an artist when I grew up. But the thought of choosing a specific college or career path felt overwhelming. So I made the choice to live at home and study […]

What emotions should a growing Christian display? As followers of Christ, how should we feel? What comes to mind? #blessed #thankful #faithoverfear #loved #accepted  Sometimes, these hashtags and feelings ring true for us. But they can also express what we as Christians think we should feel while our hearts tell a different story. In several […]

This article is part of our This Moment Matters Series. Read other articles in the series here: Being an Ambassador in Your Workplace by Fernie Cosgrove Why Your Local Church Matters by Taylor Cage Surrendering Our Money to the God of Enough by Laura Hardin Housework is Kingdom Work by Maggie Combs The Most Challenging […]

“I don’t believe in bad days.” I remember saying these words aloud for the first time to my college roommate. Her face twisted into some kind of annoyed disbelief, and I stifled a giggle. I hadn’t realized that I held this conviction until the words flew out of my mouth. I said this after she […]

Forsaking Broken Wells This article is part of our series on broken wells. In Gretchen’s new book, The Well-Watered Woman, chapter 5 is about “Forsaking Broken Wells.” We long for the living water that Jesus offers (John 4:10). But too often, we settle for empty wells and broken cisterns (Jer. 2:11-13). Gretchen explains, “We spend […]

Church can feel like an add-on to our weeks. We’ve already invested so much time in going to Tuesday morning moms’ group, writing in our journals and following our inductive studies, listening to podcasts and sermons in the car, humming worship music while scrubbing dishes, and teaching our children the classic Bible stories during family […]

Grieving and Growing This past October, my baby girl went to be with Jesus. She was born at just 22 weeks due to a life-threatening condition that almost took me with her. It was a devastating and shocking loss, one that I am still processing daily. As you can imagine, this heart-wrenching goodbye ushered in […]


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