What to Do While You Wait

I was awake for only a few forgetful seconds before disappointment crashed in through the door.

The past months had turned into a painful season of relational heartache, and the routine had become familiar. Each night, yesterday’s disappointment …

Five Prayers for Those Who Wait

Wait. Few words are less welcome.

Few, if any, take hearts raised high and drop them so hard. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). When we wait long for something precious, our hopes can rise and die a hundred times. Heartsicknes…

You Can Say No to Sin

Self-control can sound so appealing. Until the time comes to actually say no.

Outside the moment of temptation, what Christian doesn’t want to present his members to God as instruments for righteousness (Romans 6:13)?

But then temptation come…

‘Just a Little More’: How to Quiet Your Cravings

“Just a little more” is a longtime friend of mine.

He takes a seat next to me after dinner. My stomach may be full to the point of protest, but no matter. He points at my empty plate and asks, “How about just a little more?”

He rests on the e…

You Need More Than God Alone

“All I need is God.”

The words were becoming increasingly familiar in his new Christian vocabulary. He sang them in verses and choruses on Sunday morning. He heard them in sermons and testimonies. And, of course, he read some variation of them all…

Raise Your Song in the Night

Christians are the sort of people who sing at midnight.

When Paul and Silas lay in prison, beaten and bloodied and chained, their fellow prisoners heard them singing in their cell (Acts 16:25). When the Lord Jesus awaited his betrayal, he led his …

Ten Thousand Small Trials: How God Fits Us for Glory

When I came home from work and walked into the unlit kitchen, I could sense I wasn’t alone. I hesitated for a moment, collecting myself. I turned on the lights. And there they were, staring at me from all directions.

Dishes. Cups waiting in the si…

Every Love That Slipped Away

Our story seemed to come right out of a movie.

We had been dating for two and a half years when God planted a desire for Jesus in my heart. I began yearning for him; she didn’t. I started seeking him; she just watched. I rose up and followed him; …

Follow God to the Lonely and Hurting

The children in front of us had been found in gutters, dumpsters, alleyways, and other deserted corners of the city. Most of them were born with physical or mental disabilities — burdens that felt too heavy to parents already buckling under poverty. So…

What God Says to Your Tears

For centuries, Christians have called this world a “valley of tears.”

Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we mourn and ache and weep — and walk alongside those who mourn and ache and weep. We plod through…