The Bigger Family Picture

So often we feel our families have to provide everything we need, our children need, our spouses need, when God has placed us in a larger global family of faith. Read on as Amanda Anderson introduces us to our need for extended family. Elisa The Bigger Family Picture By Amanda Anderson "Mom, would it be okay if I wanted to talk to a therapist?" my 13-year-old daughter asked me recently. Internally, I said "Why? What's wrong? Have I missed something?" But out loud, I said, "Of course it would be." I couldn't resist asking, "Is there something you need to talk to someone about?" "No. I was just wondering. Like, would it make you sad if I needed to talk to someone other than you?" Oh, my deep-t

Chasing Sad

Statistics reveal that the middle of January is often the "saddest" time of year, or the season when sadness is experienced most often. Laney Houser offers help today. Elisa Chasing Sad By Laney Houser I woke up one morning this week with an overwhelming sadness, the kind of sadness that I just couldn't shake. The kind of sadness that in the past I would try to evade with as many distractions as possible. This time though, I caught myself in the middle of my distraction-making antics and asked myself what the sadness was all about. I am familiar with sad, so familiar it once turned into a deep, dark depression that sent me to inpatient treatment. But these days sad feelings are mostly fleeti

Pushing for Lasting Change!

Whether or not you respond with #MeToo - and I'm deeply pained for you if you do - perhaps we all relate to #ChurchToo. Read on as theologian Carolyn Custis James offers a challenge to push for lasting change on this vital topic. Elisa Pushing for Lasting Change! By Carolyn Custis James The #MeToo movement that began when a few brave Silence Breakers went public with allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace has, at the moment, captured a lot of public attention. Just last week, Oprah sounded an optimistic note as she envisioned a new day "when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again." Power over women is deeply entrenched in every culture and is as old as human history. Ye

Called: To and From

Called: To and From By Elisa Morgan Every call to Jesus is also a call from something else. The first disciples were called to Jesus. Jesus came upon Peter and his brother, Andrew, casting nets into the sea, fishing for a living. He invited them to "come ... follow me ... and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Going on from there, Jesus saw two other brothers, James and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father, Zebedee, working on their fishing nets. Jesus offered them a similar invitation (Matthew 4:21). A call to Jesus includes the call to a relationship with him where we let him love us - as well as the call to love him back by serving him in our everyday. We'v

Letting Go of the Past

It's time to purge! Read on as Christine Caine helps us sort through what to keep and what to purge in order to move into the best God has to offer us this year. Elisa Letting Go of the Past By Christine Caine At my house, I firmly believe in having a place for everything and everything in its place. I love to purge my house, office, car, and any other space of needless junk and clutter. If something has not been used recently or is simply taking up too much space, out it goes! (Nick and the girls often leave notes on their possessions, begging me to not give them away or throw them away.) A harder assignment, though, is to purge our minds from past events. If we spend time replaying eve

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