When I Can’t Self-Talk the Gospel

There is great power when a believer comes alongside a sister in her unbelief and speaks the truth in love…Christians–we need this! Despite our individualistic instincts we need the community of faith speaking truth and grace into our hearts when we can’t speak it ourselves.

From Battle to Battle

From Battle to Battle

Dark vs. light. Good vs. Evil. Lies vs. Truth. Why do I always feel like I’m in a battle? Fighting for what is right, or just, or holy?

There was a time in my life when I felt like the lies I believed about myself were given a megaphone to shout at me with and the truth that could set me free was no louder than a whisper in my ear. I so desired to live in the beauty of God’s truth, but the shackles of lies were too strong to break.

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STG Friday Faves – Vol. 9

Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy! Are You Worthy of Jesus?  by John Piper “In what…

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Why You Should Stop Listening and Start Talking

I just celebrated 4 years of being married to the most wonderful man in the world. As I reflected on my life around the weeks and months after our wedding, I was reminded of a very dark time in my life. I battled depression – good days and bad days, smiles and sadness. When I was in it, I blamed my circumstances. I had just started teaching and it was a grueling first year. Garrett and I were working out how to live together (aka I was realizing how incredibly selfish I really am). I was dealing with harsh memories of unresolved guilt and shame, and a huge part of me felt really alone. Where was God in all of that? Where could I meet Him? Why wasn’t He listening to my cries for help?


Feeling Alone in a Crowd

Have you ever felt completely alone and isolated? I’m not sure there is anyone who hasn’t felt the stabbing pain of isolation. It can come like a crashing wave when you wouldn’t expect it. Perhaps things are going well in your life and you can’t find a reason to feel alone, yet you do. Maybe you’ve taken a step of faith in obedience to God and now you feel like He has abandoned you.


How to Find Meaning and Hope When Life Sucks

Here I am in Sacramento. Andrew and I have just moved here. I am calling this our adventure. But inside I am totally losing it.

I have no idea who I am and what I’m doing. I’m a few months away from turning 30 and this is the biggest move I’ve ever made. What is most pathetic is I don’t even have to switch highways to get back to my hometown.

Two and a half hours feels like another world and I’m not sure I want another world. Dying in the place you were born without ever living somewhere else seems a little depressing—especially if that place is Fresno. But still, this wasn’t my plan and worse yet, I actually have no plan for this new adventure.

So I do what I normally do: I overeat, watch too many episodes of something, and then I get in the bath with a new book.

“Almost everyone had at one time or another been exposed to the world as being flawed, and human. And that it was good, for the development of character and empathy, for the growth of the spirit. Periods in the wilderness or desert were not lost time. You might find life, wildflowers, fossils, sources of water.”

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Moving From Affluence to Affliction

I had wanted so badly to be destructive and this was my moment. I took my world market coffee bowl and with gusto clanked it on my granite countertops, shattering everywhere. I was stuck with an Egyptian army behind me and the Red Sea in front.

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What Do I Have to Offer?

What do I have to offer? Have you ever wondered that?

This question often echoes from the haunted walls in my life. What do I have to offer?

If you’ve read through the pages of scripture it doesn’t take you long to see what people the Lord chose to use – the lowly, outcast, unexpected, inadequate, under qualified, ordinary… do I need to go on? We get it. We can see that God loves using the ordinary to display something extraordinary. I think our nature often desires to feel adequate, qualified, useful, even extraordinary.

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