• Topic > Spiritual Growth

    Praying and Growing

    When my friend David’s wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, the changes it brought to his life made him bitter. He needed to retire early to care for her; and as the disease progressed, she required increasingly more care.

    “I was so angry at God,” he told me. “But the more I prayed about it, the more He showed me my heart and how I had been selfish for most of our marriage.” Tears welled in his eyes as he confessed, “She’s been sick ten years, but God has helped me see things differently. Now, everything I do out of love for her,…

    Atmosphere of Encouragement

    I’m encouraged every time I visit the fitness center near our house. In that busy place, I’m surrounded by others who are striving to improve their physical health and strength. Posted signs remind us not to judge each other, but words and actions that reveal support for others’ conditioning efforts are always welcomed.

    What a great picture of how things should look in the spiritual realm of life! Those of us who are striving to “get in shape” spiritually, to grow in our faith, can sometimes feel as if we don’t belong because we’re not as spiritually fit—as mature in our…

    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 […]

    The Battle

    As artillery rounds fell around him with an earth-shaking whoomp, the young soldier prayed fervently, “Lord, if you get me through this, I’ll go to that Bible school Mom wanted me to.” God honored his focused prayer. My dad survived World War II, went to Moody Bible Institute, and invested his life in ministry.

    Another warrior endured a different kind of crisis that drove him to God, but his problems arose when he avoided combat. As King David’s troops fought the Ammonites, David was back at his palace casting more than just a glance at another man’s wife (see 2 Samuel 11).…

    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 […]

    Giving Credit

    In the early 1960s, some unusual paintings featuring a person or animal with huge, sad eyes became popular. Some considered the work “kitschy”—or tacky—but others delighted in it. As the artist’s husband began to promote his wife’s creations, the couple grew quite prosperous. But the artist’s signature—Margaret Keane—didn’t appear on her work. Instead, Margaret’s husband presented his wife’s work as his own. Margaret fearfully remained silent about the fraud for twenty years until the couple’s marriage ended. It took a courtroom “paint-off” between them to prove the true artist’s identity.

    The man’s deception was clearly wrong, but even as followers of…

    Discovering My True Self

    Who am I? That’s the question a faded stuffed animal asks himself in the children’s book Nothing by Mick Inkpen. Left in a dusty corner of an attic, the animal hears movers call him “nothing” and thinks that’s his name: Nothing.

    Encounters with other animals spark memories. Nothing realizes that he used to have a tail, whiskers, and stripes. But it’s not until he meets a tabby cat who helps him find his way home that Nothing remembers who he truly is: a stuffed cat named Toby. His owner lovingly restores him, sewing on new ears, tail, whiskers, and stripes.

    Whenever I read…

    Good Works Prepared

    When a burly stranger approached my wife and me on a street abroad, we shrunk back in fear. Our holiday had been going badly; we had been yelled at, cheated, and extorted from several times. Were we going to be shaken down again? To our surprise, the man just wanted to show us where to get the best view of his city. Then he gave us a chocolate bar, smiled, and left. That little gesture made our day—and saved the whole trip. It made us grateful—both to the man and to God for cheering us up.

    What had made the man…

    Love Changes Us

    Before I met Jesus, I’d been wounded so deeply that I avoided close relationships in fear of being hurt more. My mom remained my closest contact, until I married Alan. Seven years later and on the verge of divorce, I toted our kindergartener, Xavier, into a church service. I sat near the exit door, afraid to trust but desperate for help.

    Thankfully, believers reached out, prayed for our family, and taught me how to nurture a relationship with God through prayer and Bible reading. Over time, the love of Christ and His followers changed me.

    Two years after that first church service,…

    Ears Were Made for Listening

    The actor Diane Kruger was offered a role that would make her a household name. But it required her to play a young wife and mother experiencing the loss of her husband and child, and she had never personally suffered loss to such a degree. She didn’t know if she could be believable. But she accepted, and in order to prepare, she began attending support meetings for people walking through the valley of extreme grief.

    Initially she offered suggestions and thoughts when those in the group shared their stories. She, like most of us, wanted to be helpful. But gradually she…

    Leaving Things From Our Past To Follow Jesus

    The Bible teaches that we have new life in Christ. But that also means we have to be willing to let go of some of the things in our old life. Today on Discover the Word, we explore what it would mean for us to leave things from our past behind to follow Jesus. Don’t miss the […]

    What Stops You From Following Jesus?

    When Jesus called His disciples, there was no time to hesitate. It was, “Come follow me now—or get left behind.” Today on Discover the Word, the team challenges us to let go of the excuses that might be getting in our way. Learn what it means to follow Jesus with no strings attached, today on Discover the Word!

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