Are you there, God? I feel so alone.
You’d think I was used to being the new kid. By the time I entered third grade, I had attended three different schools and lived in four different states. The last move was the second in eighteen months. I struggled to make friends because all my eight-year-old mind wondered was, What if we move again? I hated good-byes almost as much as I hated new hellos. (more…)
By Kim Gunderson
The sky filled with dark, billowing smoke. My car sped closer as I realized the smoke rose from the direction of my house. Not again, my soul whispered.
Logic told me it was just a controlled burn, a way to manage the density of trees & shrubs and restore new growth. It was, after all, that time of year in the Midwest.
My heart, however, didn’t accept that logic. It stirred up memories from ten years ago, back to the day I came home to find my house on fire. A fire that destroyed all we owned and snatched away the life of my youngest daughter.
Tears inched their way up like an impending flood as I drove. That’s not my house. That’s not my house. The words fell into rhythm with my heartbeat. I had come so far; was all of that about to be undone? (more…)
Totally Relying On God
By Carolyn Dale Newell
“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.” Heb. 11:33 (NKJV)
Daniel, one of the unspoken heroes of the faith, exemplified great trust while enduring serious persecution. His story is not unlike that of many missionaries and Christians today who are being severely tortured and imprisoned solely because they are Christians. Presently in the United States, Christians are labeled as (more…)