• Topic > Spiritual Growth

    Using Your Words For Good

    Words are some of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal. We can use them either to build people up or tear them down. Today on Discover the Word, our team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs consider Proverbs 16:24, in which Solomon implores us to speak graciously, and use our words to build. […]

    Fluff and Other Stuff

    Winnie the Pooh famously said, “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

    I’ve learned over the years that Winnie might be on to something. When someone won’t listen to you even though following your counsel would be to their advantage, it may be that their reticence is nothing more than a small piece of fluff in their ear. Or there may be another hindrance: Some folks find it hard to listen well because they are broken and discouraged.

    Moses said…

    Inviting God Into Our Daily Plans

    Do you sometimes write up a plan or schedule for how you expect your day to go? Does your day always play out that way? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and author Liz Curtis Higgs urge us to invite God into our plans and allow Him to guide our steps. Join the group […]

    Marked by Momma

    Her name was long but her years were even longer. Madeline Harriet Orr Jackson Williams lived to be 101 years old, outliving two husbands. Both were preachers. Madeline was my grandmother and we knew her as Momma. My siblings and I got to know her well; we lived in her home until her second husband whisked her away. Even then she was less than 50 miles away from us. Our grandmother was a hymn-singing, catechism-reciting, piano-playing, God-fearing woman and my siblings and I have been marked by her faith.

    According to 2 Timothy 1:3–7, Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice…

    More than a Symbol

    On the verge of making team history, University of Iowa basketball star Jordan Bohannon intentionally missed the free throw that would have broken a twenty-five-year-old school record. Why? In 1993, days after Iowa’s Chris Street had made thirty-four free throws in a row, he lost his life in a car crash. Bohannon chose to honor Street’s memory by not breaking his record.

    Bohannon showed a keen awareness of things more important than his own advancement. We see similar values in the life of the young warrior David. Hiding in a cave with his ragtag army, David longed for a drink from…

    Gentle Yet Powerful

    As the enemy occupation of the Netherlands grew, Anne Frank and her family bravely prepared and then moved to a secret hiding place to escape the danger. They remained there two years during World War II before being found and sent to concentration camps. Yet Anne, writing in what became her famous Diary of a Young Girl said this: “In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”

    Gentleness can be a complicated issue as we deal with real life.

    In Isaiah 40 we get a picture of God that shows Him to be both gentle…

    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!  

    Shelve Them and Move On

    I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that God was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in God’s grace and power.                      

    Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement…

    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 […]

    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 […]

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