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Jessica Mathisen lives in Athens, Georgia with her first and forever boyfriend, Rory, and their sweet puppy, Bailey. She is a recovering perfectionist, a former teacher, and a lover of people. Her passion is to communicate God’s love to others through writing and relationships. Her favorite things are hanging with her husband, eating chips and […]

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) The darkest valley I’ve walked through to date was a season of anxiety and depression. I was in the throes of ministry and […]

Photo submitted by Rebecca Shang July 5, 2006 “To the one God made for me, I have spent so much time praying for you! Ever since I was a child I dreamed of my Prince and I know that you are more than I could have ever dreamed of! I have waited so long, and […]

Have you ever been hurt by another believer and left in a dizzy mess of confusion? Have you ever been the one to inflict the hurt, whether intentionally or unintentionally? The answer to that second question may be a little harder to come to, but the honest answer for all of us fallen human beings […]

Photo from Joy Tomes “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out […]

WHAT YOU LIVE IN DETERMINES WHAT YOU LIVE FOR I heard that quote as a 12-year-old, sitting in church on a Wednesday night, and it has stuck with me ever since. Let me explain a bit further. What you live in may be a myriad of things, and it can change from day to day. […]

“GOD, TAKE ME ANYWHERE BUT HERE. AMEN.” You’ve probably prayed a similar prayer at some point in your life. It might have been during a season of waiting that seemed endless. Or maybe you’ve prayed this during a time of suffering or discontentment. Perhaps you’ve been in the same place for a long time and […]

When those little half-truths and whole lies sneak into our hearts, the only victory we have throughout the day is to rely on the Spirit for strength to believe the Word of God rather than listen to the emotions of our heart. This is how we walk forward in joy, regardless of our circumstance, and rest in the peace that God provides to His daughters!

Hope is a funny thing when we find ourselves in the midst of a waiting season. How do we hold onto hope from verses we read in Scripture when we survey our scenario and see that nothing seems to be lining up? How do we believe God at His Word when we’ve been praying for […]

Today’s post was originally shared on the LifeWay Women leadership blog. LifeWay Women aims to equip women to reach women, in Jesus’ Name. You can subscribe to their blog for weekly updates and more material that will encourage you to lead like Jesus! “How old are you?” It’s one of the first questions I was asked when […]

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