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Can Loneliness Be Seen as a Gift?

“Have you felt lonely today, yesterday, this past year? Do you feel like you spend more time feeling isolated than feeling fulfilled by your social community? As cliché as this sounds, you are not alone in this, and that is why this is such an important thing to talk about seriously and to look at with a biblical lens. CNN reported in October 2023 that in a recent Meta-Gallup survey one in four adults worldwide reported that they feel fairly or very lonely. (Nicioli, 2023). This is the standard worldwide and we are no different in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2021). Loneliness is experienced by many people and can be debilitating.”

But there’s always hope! Keep reading…

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Dependent: A Military Special

As Remembrance and Veterans Day approaches, we want to honour those in the military. So, we have a beautiful piece to share with you written by a military wife of her experience.
She shares insight into what it’s like to be “dependent” in this role. Please take a few minutes today to read what she’s shared, as there is wisdom we can all take from it.

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Disorder to Direction

“I sat at my computer waiting for the all too familiar zoom screen to show the people on the other end.  I had been terrified for weeks for this meeting.  The one that might finally end the unknowing narrative playing out in my mind.  I had prayed many times that the explanation would be different from the one I suspected, but this was the meeting that would tell me the truth.  As questions were asked, and experiences were shared the meeting seemed to last for an eternity, until the final minutes where the diagnosis was finally said.  I had an eating disorder.  Something I had known since I was a child, but the reality was finally crashing down…”

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Are You at a Crossroads?

Have you ever gone hiking in the woods in winter? You start down the meandering path, breathing deeply to fill your lungs with the crisp, fresh air. As you go farther along, you notice subtle scents of evergreen needles, dormant trees and damp leaves. You look up to try to catch a glimpse of the scolding squirrels jumping from branch to branch overhead, and suddenly you realize the path ahead abruptly splits. You stop to look around. Both paths appear well travelled, the snow equally trampled in both directions, but you cannot see ahead to where each path leads. How do you choose which way to go?

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Living and Serving Out of Brokenness

Life for church planters is difficult. It’s lonely, selfless, and just plain hard. Home offers a place of security and rest. But what happens when suffering enters your home too? How do you find beauty out of brokenness? How do you wrestle through the pain with Christ?

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Is God Always Good?

On October 18, 2022, I was reading Psalm 119:65 to 68, and the beginning of verse 68 jumped off the page at me: “You are good and do only good…” Psalm 119:68 (NLT)

My first reaction was “Yes, I agree you are good, God. Goodness is your nature and who you are.” The second phrase “and do only good” is what I questioned in my heart and mind. From my way of thinking, many of the things that happen to people are not good and I don’t see good necessarily coming from them. So how can the writer say God does only good?

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A Journey Toward Self-Love: Science & God Working Together

I think today’s post, written by my truly beautiful friend, Kaila, will resonate with a lot of you! She is vulnerable and courageous with this post, and shares something I think a lot of us struggle with.

Have you felt this way before:

“I have had a tumultuous relationship with my body for as long as I can remember. For most of my life I have felt uncomfortable in my skin, in my body. ”

If so, keep reading!

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or is it?

Some of you have already begun humming the tunes while others are avoiding any sight of snow or holiday cheer for another month or more.

I’m typically a December 1st Christmas enthusiast, whereas my husband Michael has already been implanting the famous carols in my mind. I find myself singing them only to realize he was humming the song a few minutes earlier.

Either way, the Christmas train is fast upon us.

Though you certainly don’t need to rush this beautiful fall away, our guest writer, Jennifer Hare, shares a few excellent tips to get you prepared so you can enjoy this Christmas without emptying your wallet to do so.

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