It was the morning after a holiday party. As I stood in the shower, trying to wake myself up from an unplanned “night out”, tears and last night’s makeup streamed down my face. “You’ve done it again. You’re so hopeless. You’ve failed your God. You’ll never be able to get over this sin. You’re so […]
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We live in a world of searching. We can trace this reality all the way back to that fracture in the garden. The moment when a man and a woman chose against God’s instruction as they reached out towards a forbidden fruit. What once was whole ruptured into two and thus began the search. Sometimes […]
I can remember a time when, as a teenager and young adult, I was lonely. Really lonely. It was a constant struggle and I always felt like I was on the outside looking in as I watched my friends and peers in their budding relationships. I have vivid memories of crying and praying that I would […]
The last thing I wanted to do was get up. It was early. I was tired. And honestly, a few more minutes sleep sounded more soul-refreshing than trying to keep my gritty, not-quite-awake-yet eyes open long enough to read and absorb Scripture. I’d been struggling with finding fresh truth from the Bible, my mind wandering […]
We were in a small group together. Maggie was vivacious, friendly, and clearly passionate about Jesus. She was a wife and mother of three. I’m not sure how long she had been a Christian at that point, but she and her husband were mature believers leading the small group my husband and I attended. I […]
The Facebook announcement stopped me mid-scroll. Brandon Hayes became engaged to Katie Lewis.* I stared at it for a few seconds, their two pictures joined together with a ring. Brandon Hayes, the guy my young teenage self once had a crush on, was engaged. I hadn’t even known he was in a relationship. Thoughts spinning, […]