• Topic > Life Struggles

    No Comparison

    “One of these days I’m going to put it all on Facebook—not just the good stuff!

    My friend Sue’s comment—made casually over lunch with her husband—caused me to laugh out loud and also to think. Social media can be a good thing, helping us stay in touch with and pray for friends across the years and miles. But if we’re not careful, it can also create an unrealistic outlook on life. When much of what we see posted is a “highlight reel” of “the good stuff,” we can be misled into thinking others’ lives are without trouble, and wonder where our…

    Seeing God’s Greater Purpose In Our Pain

    In those times of loss we all go through in life it can be difficult to see God’s greater purpose in the pain. But today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice help us find hope in the most hopeless of situations. Don’t miss the conclusion of our series, “The Struggle Is Real” today […]

    Using Our Inner Voice To “Renew Our Minds”

    Regardless of what other people say, our own inner voice tends to have the biggest impact. So what kind of things are you telling yourself? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice encourage us to “renew our minds,” and use our inner voice to speak life and love into our spirits. Pull […]

    Learning To Let God Re-Write Our Story

    For better or for worse, our past influences who we are today. But it doesn’t have to define us. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice urge us to embrace our identity as God’s loved daughters and sons. We’re leaning to let God rewrite our stories, today on Discover the Word!

    Hearing God’s Voice Starts By Reading God’s Word

    We all long to know God’s will and direction for our lives. But sometimes, it’s hard to hear His guiding voice. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice explain that hearing God’s voice starts with reading His Word. Learn how to recognize God’s prompting in your spirit, today on Discover the Word!  

    Finding Freedom In God’s Love And Truth

    Scripture reveals the truth about who God really is. But sometimes we let our circumstances change what we believe about His character. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice help us find freedom in God’s love and truth, no matter what’s going on around us. We’re continuing the series, “The Struggle Is […]

    Discover The Joy Of A Redeemed Life

    Pain and trials are never pleasant at the moment. But God promises to use even the most difficult circumstances for our good. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice discuss the joy of a redeemed life and encourage us to share our own stories of redemption with others. We’ll save you a seat at […]

    God Can Rewrite Our Stories

    With an email or a text, it’s easy to misinterpret the intent of a message. And the same can happen when we try to understand the reason behind the pain in our lives. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice remind us that no matter what happens, God can rewrite our stories, […]

    Embracing Our Identity As Children Of God

    For most of us, there tends to be a big gap between the way we see ourselves and the way God sees us. Today on Discover the Word, the team, along with author Nicole Unice encourages us to embrace our identity as children of God. When we do, we’re more likely to make choices that are […]

    Choosing God . . . Even In The Midst Of Our Struggles

    Every day, from the moment we wake to when we go to sleep, we’re faced with choices. Some are big, most are fairly small. But they all require a conscious decision. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Nicole Unice challenge us to choose God, even in the midst of life’s struggles. Take a […]

    What If Our Struggles Are Meant To Point Us To God?

    The phrase “the struggle is real” conjures up images of day-to-day frustrations. But what if our struggles are meant to point us to God? Today on Discover the Word, the team and author Nicole Unice begin a series called, “The Struggle Is Real.” It’s an honest discussion about what it means to trust in the Lord, even when […]

    Rip the Heavens

    In a recent conversation, where a friend shared with me that she’d abandoned her faith, I heard a familiar complaint: how can I believe in a God who doesn’t ever seem to do anything? This gut-wrenching question appears for most of us at one point or another, as we read of violence in the news and as we carry our own heartbreak. My friend’s distress revealed her intense need for God to act on her behalf, a longing we’ve all likely felt.

    Israel knew this terrain well. The Babylonian Empire overwhelmed Israel, crushing them with an iron fist and turning Jerusalem into…

    Where Are You Headed?

    What determines our direction in life? I once heard an answer to that question in a surprising place: a motorcycle training course. Some friends and I wanted to ride, so we took a class to learn how. Part of our training dealt with something called target fixation.

    “Eventually,” our instructor said, “you’re going to face an unexpected obstacle. If you stare at it—if you target fixate—you’ll steer right into it. But if you look above and past it to where you need to go, you can usually avoid it.” Then he added, “Where you’re looking is the direction you’re going to…

    Worshiping with Questions

    It’s not uncommon during a long (or short!) trip for someone in a group of travelers to ask, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” Who hasn’t heard these universal queries coming from the lips of children and adults eager to arrive at their destination? But people of all ages are also prone to ask similar questions when wearied because of life challenges that never seem to cease.

    Such was the case with David in Psalm 13. Four times in two verses, David—who felt forgotten, forsaken, and defeated—lamented “How long?” “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long…

    The “Hope for a Baby” Tree

    After wrapping the tree with clear twinkle lights, I tied pink and blue bows on its branches and christened it our “Hope for a Baby” Christmas tree. My husband and I had been waiting for a baby through adoption for over four years. Surely by Christmas!

    Every morning I stopped at the tree and prayed, reminding myself of God’s faithfulness. On December 21 we received the news: no baby by Christmas. Devastated, I paused by the tree that had become a symbol of God’s provision. Was God still faithful? Was I doing something wrong?

    At times, God’s apparent withholding results from His…

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