Life, Spiritual Walk

Wait and See

“Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the Lord’s goodness while I’m still alive.  Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.”

–Psalm 27:13-14 (NIRV)

 

Last month when I was writing the column for the January issue of the Young Salvationist, I stumbled across a section on Bible.com that I had never seen before. The theme for the issue was Everyday Saint, and as I was brainstorming ideas to help the young adult readers be “everyday saints.” So as part of one of my sections, I started looking up Bible reading plans. That’s when I found the entire section on plans here.

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A Prayer for the Election

Dear Friend,

If you are anything like me, then you’re nervous about what’s going to happen tonight. It does not matter in the slightest to me your political views, but no one can deny that either way, tomorrow we will wake up with half of the country upset that their candidate did not win. And either way, there will be a new President that has to overcome a lot of hurdles and disappointment with their election.

No matter what you’re feeling tonight, can I just encourage you to pray?

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My Dreams, God’s Plan

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)

Dear Friend,

Today I am once again struggling with what to write for my monthly column for the Young Salvationist Magazine. This is not a rare occurrence for me, unfortunately, but a monthly ritual. After my column for the month previous has been turned in on the first (really more like the 7th though), I start looking at the topic due for the next month.

That’s usually when I realize I have no idea what I want to say.

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Be a Mentor

Dear Friend,

Recently I was given the opportunity to sign up for a mentoring program in my local school district. The Superintendant asked all the churches in the area to supply mentors for all 250+ incoming Freshman to the high school.

You see, where I live is on the edge of a very poor school district, where the graduation rate in 2014 was only 60%. The community wants to change that, in part by supplying a support group to these teens, especially in situations where they don’t have one.

When I first learned about the program, I felt a tugging on my heart and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Not for me, certainly not, but because I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to.

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Praying Over My Marriage (Pt. 1)

Friend,

To be honest, I am writing this in a moment of anger with my husband. Little hurts can build and manifest into large ones, and before you know it, the hurts can be so stacked that you don’t even have the energy to cry over them any longer.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of these little hurts in my marriage, with the latest being a disagreement over how we will observe an upcoming celebration. When I sit back and look at everything, it’s so lame that such a small thing would upset me, but when I add it to the list of reasons why this upsets me, I can’t help but feel weary, unhappy, and alone in my marriage. I have decided to leave out details of our tiff because I do believe that my husband and I should work this out with the help of spiritual mentors and not the internet.

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