Everyday miracles in a rundown part of town

Sometimes it’s hard to see the good when it’s not so obvious. We don’t see the gold because of all the dirt and mud. We don’t see kindness because it’s surrounded by excess. Maybe we judge a person as worthless because they listen to music we despise or wear torn, worn out clothing. But beneath the surface, behind our expectations, maybe—if we look a little closer, a little deeper—we could find a miracle.

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When God says no

It feels like God is ignoring us when we don’t get a clear answer to our prayer. It hurts when we get a vehement no. We question whether God heard us, or whether He even loves us or cares about our current situation. But as we read in the Bible, we know: our Father listens to us and answers our prayers. 

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How God taught me to trust my friends

Going through a difficult situation, I looked around and realized I didn’t have a single close friend I could trust. That wasn’t healthy. I knew the value of female friendships, but I didn’t understand how to navigate that world in an authentic way. I’d get this close to friends, but my long-standing wall had become a barrier, keeping everyone out.

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A wasteful culture

We are charged with caring for and protecting this special and wonderful place our Father brought to life. And yet we do not! We often think of our own needs and wants above others’. We consume so much we have massive landfills just to contain our discarded stuff. We use the earth like it’s ours to violate.

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You can only pick one

Sometimes we get confused about what we should set our sights upon. We get influenced by commercials or feel envy when someone’s “something new” looks really, really good. But we can only love one master, and I’ve made my choice. I choose Jesus.

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