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Learning to trust God

The Process of Learning to Trust God

Several years ago we were at the beginning of a long walk through health-related issues with a loved one. It was recommended that we visit the Mayo Clinic, so we made the appointment and waited three months until the scheduled date. In the meantime,…

May 22, 2019
Looking for Love In All The Wrong Places

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

Note: The opinions and references mentioned in “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places” are the authors and do not necessarily represent that of the Candidly Christian ministry or other contributors. Written by Elo Claire Odogbo I struggled with approval addiction for a…

May 8, 2019
5 Truths to remember when facing accusation and shame

5 Truths to Remember When Facing Accusation and Shame

I have a confession.  It is a confession of sin. And it isn’t the worst one, it is pretty little, but still sin. The other day I was trying to save time, and I took a left out of a parking lot when there…

May 1, 2019
What God Wants You To Know...

3 Important Things God Wants You To Know

The conversation in my soul is ‘I wonder?’ Why this question? Because, life is full of wonder? No. That is not the way I am using the word. I’m using it more on the lines of wondering about the future, wondering about the life…

April 8, 2019
Tuning Into The Love Of God

Feeling the Love of God Through Music

Do you feel you can’t grasp or feel Jesus’ love in your heart? I struggled with this most of my life, but I learned that He’s been calling out to me all the while, and I just didn’t recognize His voice. I hope sharing…

April 3, 2019
What God taught me about forgiving others through betrayal

What God Taught Me About Forgiving Others Through Betrayal

I thought I could trust her. She was my friend and my confidant. We shared everything. It still stings, but betrayal always does.  In my heart, I was crushed because the place where I had been able to be myself for years was no…

March 13, 2019
My winning battle with health anxiety

My (Winning) Battle with Health Anxiety

I’ve always been drawn to science, particularly physiology and how God designed our bodies to work. I was the weird kid who loved dissections in school, and who had no problem discussing my vet clinic work experiences in graphic detail at the dinner table…

March 11, 2019
My Life as a People-Pleaser

My Life As A People-Pleaser

Do you know what it feels like to completely and utterly hate yourself? Have you ever loathed yourself so much that you could not even look at your face in the mirror? Maybe you had those moments of feeling like you were not valued…

January 30, 2019
Run, Hide, Fight - 3 Steps to take in a spiritual crisis

Run, Hide, Fight: 3 Steps To Take In A Spiritual Crisis

I had never been in a building when it was put on lockdown… until recently. Although the time from lockdown to all clear was brief (and without incident), it was long enough to be frightening. As we waited, my co-workers and I reviewed the…

January 23, 2019
On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

On November 30th, Alaska was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake just a few miles away from where my family lives. Everyone has their story – it’s been therapeutic to trade anecdotes with others about where we were, how we felt, and to recount…

January 2, 2019

Why I’m Not Choosing One Word This New Year

Years ago the trend began. Every year people are encouraged to pick one word for the new year. One word to guide them through the coming year. One word that describes the type of year they want to have, or a personality trait they…

December 31, 2018
Grace and Truth

Grace and Truth with Rebecca Hastings

I’ve never been good at making decisions. I don’t know if it’s built into my DNA to be indecisive, or if I’m just insecure… either way, it leaves paralysed often. When someone asks me where I want to go eat when we are out…

December 21, 2018
Healthy Community

How to Find Healing within a Healthy Community

Healthy community. We need to talk about it.  The world we live in now is well, pretty much unhealthy and for a lot of reasons. When we turn on T.V. we find all kinds of unhealthy shows. We look at the news and it…

December 3, 2018
trust in God

Leaning on God to Trust in His Creation

If you are looking for a warm, light-hearted post to inspire your next praise and worship experience, then this post is not for you. If you want someone to relate to the moments when you’d rather shake your fist at God than thank Him…

October 29, 2018

Adult Children And Your Relationship With Them

Okay. I need to talk about a subject that most of you, with children are probably familiar with. Relationships with your adult children. Let’s get really real for a moment. I don’t know about you but I struggle with living with my adult children.…

October 22, 2018