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This series was written by Kara Holmes. A professional counselor turned stay-at-home mom, Kara is wife to Trey and mom to Kate, Justin, and Alisa. Some of Kara’s favorite activities include going on walks with her family, writing, getting lost in a great book, and laughing. Passionate about the deeper issues of the heart, Kara enjoys […]

This post was written by Kara Holmes. Kara is a wife and mother, Gretchen’s older sister, and has contributed to many of the Well-Watered Women Bible Studies. You can follow along with her on her blog, Chasing Genuine , and you can read more from her in our Ascending Calvary devotion. Forgiven to Forgive When […]

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 […]

“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!

For most of my life I dreaded Valentine’s Day. It was a day that highlighted my lack. Lack of a boyfriend. Lack of pursuit. Lack of flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears. Lack of a date. Lack of someone to hold my hand. I spent a lot of Valentine’s Days at home, avoiding going out and […]

I’ve heard it too many times to count. Statements such as: “I’m a failure at Bible study…” “I just don’t understand anything when I read my Bible…” “Bible study just isn’t for me…” “I never finish a Bible study. I get discouraged by the middle of it and just set it on my bedside table […]

My first panic attack happened last year on an airplane over to Madrid. Coupled with sickness, little sleep, and a baby who wouldn’t be consoled, my mind and body reacted in a way I had never experienced before. This experience began a breaking in my soul that I thought would lead to complete ruin, but […]

This post was written by Becca Lafferty, a high school English teacher in Singapore. You can read more from Becca on her blog. I have struggled with diagnosed major depressive disorder (MDD) since my sophomore year of college, but I know that I began wrestling with seasons of depressions starting during my adolescent years. However, […]

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