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AuthorElizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis is in her eighth year of joyfully sharing the Gospel of God and her life with middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students in student ministry. Her plan is to invest in students forever because she believes they are the World-Changers and Kingdom-Advancers (and adults are boring). She can be found in a local coffee shop writing, reading or spending quality time with good friends. Along with regularly writing on topics of Health & Wholeness for TheReb, Elizabeth writes about faith in Jesus and finding joy in battling a chronic illness on her blog, elizabethrdavis.com/.

It Starts With Abiding: Practical Help on Implementing Spiritual Disciplines Into Your Life

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Learning about the practice of new spiritual disciplines can be intimidating and overwhelming. It can feel like a New Year’s resolution where the excitement of a new goal is what carries us into a few weeks of strict implementation, only to be squashed by exhaustion, discouragement, and unforeseen circumstances. But it is possible to take small steps toward practicing spiritual disciplines in...

How Spiritual Disciplines Can Carry You Through Times Of Pain and Suffering

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You know what is one of the worst cliche sayings ever? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I’m not one for cliche sayings to begin with, but that one has never sat quite right with me. I’ve always felt like it was a lie; a saying to give you false hope in the midst of your suffering; something to slap on the walls of a classroom to give half-hearted encouragement to its readers. After...

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Being Friends With People Who Are Different From You

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I have a confession to make. When I said I could write an article about how to be friends with people who are different than you, I was excited to tackle the topic. But as time went on and I prayed and wrote and prayed and stared at that blinking cursor, I had to take a look at my own life. Where are my different friends? How am I supposed to be an expert on making friends who are different than...

They Will Know You By Your Love: 4 Ways to Embody the Gospel Through Your Friendships

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In a crowded room my friend sat down next to me, looked me in the eyes, and asked me the exact question I didn’t know I needed to answer. It was 12am PST (3am EST) and still, without hesitation, I called my best friend to confess sin, to cry, and to seek comfort. When I endured test after test and still had no diagnosis, my friends laid their hands on me and prayed fervently for answers. I have...

4 Characteristics of God that Help Us Get Through Suffering

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In a time of worldwide suffering, we must face our true beliefs about the character of God. Maybe we believe that God must be absent. He must be apathetic toward humanity. Maybe he’s paralyzed because the suffering of his people is so great and he doesn’t know what to do. Maybe God unleashed this on us as a sort of punishment for our unrighteousness. Or Maybe we’re just wondering how God could...

How COVID-19 Should Lead Us to Repentance

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced a mix of emotions each day that your life has been disrupted by COVID-19. My vacation to California was cancelled. I miss seeing my 8th graders in class every day. I teach over a screen now. Our school trip to D.C. was cancelled. I can’t meet in person with my Bible study anymore. My husband was excited to start coaching middle school golf and was...

Fighting Depression and Anxiety in the Midst of COVID-19

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This time of isolation, quarantine, and illness has brought on or exasperated depression and anxiety for many of us. The rising death toll, the extended quarantine with no real end date, the cancellations, the daily rhythms disrupted, the relationships cut off with no warning. They seem to be piling one upon the other, in an ever-growing burden. If you don’t already have depression or anxiety...

Should Christians Cuss?

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We spend a lot of our time asking the wrong questions. “What can I do or what can I get away with and still be a Christian?” “Is it sin if I do this?” We may not word our questions this way, but we ask them, nonetheless. The reality of what these questions show us is that we want to live a double life. We want to be able to indulge in the pleasures of sin while also maintaining our salvation. We...

What Boredom Really Is (And How to Fight It)

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It creeps in during the middle of history class. It shows up unannounced on a hot summer day filled with no plans. Boredom. Apathy. Laziness. The older we get, the less often we seem to be plagued by boredom because we stuff our schedules to the brim with sports and activities and homework and friends and technology. But we still feel it. Where does boredom come from? Is it a sin to be bored? The...

4 Ways to Control Your Phone Before Your Phone Controls You

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What is it about vacations that make them so wonderful? Depending on who you are probably determines your favorite vacation, but I think we love them so much because we crave rest. We crave a break from our normal routine. My vacation was extra sweet this summer. Not because I got to read three books in one week (what a dream!), but because I left my phone in my room and took a week long hiatus...

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rebelling against low expectations

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