• Topic > Life Struggles

    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…

    Personality

    . . . that they may be one just as We are one . . . —John 17:22

    Personality is the unique, limitless part of our life that makes us distinct from everyone else. It is too vast for us even to comprehend. …

    Individuality

    Jesus said to His disciples, ’If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself . . .’ —Matthew 16:24

    Individuality is the hard outer layer surrounding the inner spiritual life. Individuality shoves others aside, separating and isolating people. We see it as the primary …

    Shallow and Profound

    Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.

    Hope in the Darkness

    According to legend, Qu Yuan was a wise and patriotic Chinese government official who lived during the time known as the Warring States period (475–246 bc). It has been said that he tried repeatedly to warn his king about an impending threat that would destroy the country, but the king rejected his advice. Eventually, Qu Yuan was exiled. When he learned about the fall of his beloved country to the foe he had warned about, he ended his life.

    Qu Yuan’s life resembles some aspects of the life of the prophet Jeremiah. He too served kings who scorned his warnings, and…

    Treasure in a Pumpkin

    As a young mother, I was determined to document my daughter’s first year of life. Each month, I took photos of her to illustrate how she had changed and grown. In one of my favorite pictures, she is gleefully sitting in the belly of a hollowed-out pumpkin I purchased from a local farmer. There she sat, the delight of my heart, contained in an overgrown squash. The pumpkin withered in the ensuing weeks, but my daughter continued to grow and thrive.

    The way Paul describes knowing the truth of who Jesus is reminds me of that photo. He likens the knowledge…

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