rebelling against low expectations

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“God is There” and 2 Other Things to Remember During Spiritual Droughts

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Do you ever feel like you receive so much insight and depth in your relationship with God, and other times, it feels so…dry? I grew up in Southern California, so I’m quite familiar with what it’s like to go through a drought, and what it’s like when the drought ends, and rain finally comes again. I often think of my spiritual life as being like that weather…sometimes it’s really dry and hardly...

How Jesus Responds to Your Chronic Anxiety

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I’ve felt the suffocating grasp of anxiety.I understand the unexplainable panic that pounces unannounced, the heart that refuses to stop racing, the sensation of stabbing pain in my stomach that doesn’t make any sense. From the time I was an elementary schooler in orchestra practice, I would run to the bathroom to soak my flushed face in cold water; each week I’d dread going and come back...

“What If My Life Is a Failure?” Dealing with Anxiety and Fear

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“Next episode playing in 15…14…13…” I turned my head to see my alarm clock across the room. The big red “2:00 am” glared at me through the darkness. I knew staying up late watching Netflix was a terrible habit. I knew I was gonna hate myself in the morning, but the distraction was too enticing at the moment. Besides, it wasn’t like I’d be able to sleep anyways. Tomorrow the cycle...

Why Jesus Doesn’t Always Stop Your Suffering

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“Stop suffering!” reads the words emblazoned across the front of a church building not too far away from my home in L.A. I can’t say I know the people who put those words up because I’ve never even stepped foot inside the building. I don’t know what denomination the church is a part of or the heart of the people attending it. I’m sure they’re good people with love and hearts even bigger than mine...

If You are Considering Suicide, There is Hope

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Suicide is a plague that is robbing our generation of hope and life. A simple search on the internet will bring up staggering numbers of children, teens, and adults, who at their worst moments have turned to death as the only answer. Many teens and young adults face the struggle of not wanting to cause pain to others, but at the same time, not knowing if they can survive the pain for another day...

The Cure for Insecurity

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Insecurity: uncertainty or anxiety about oneself; lack of confidence. I hate that word. I hate the meaning of the word. I hate the reality surrounding it. Why would a Christian struggle with insecurity? Why would a Christian worry about what people think of them? Why would a Christian lack confidence? If I didn’t know better, I’d say those Christians are sorry excuses for Christians, that they...

I Was Suicidal, But I Found Hope

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Have you ever seen a hurricane sweep in? I have; at least, I’ve seen the remnants of one sweep in. It’s quite a sight. One moment it seems to be a normal afternoon, with an overcast sky and some wind. Next moment, the world goes dark.

 Life can be that way too. Everything can be okay, but then the storm comes barreling in. There’s a variety in the storms. Some of them come with...

I’m Angry at God

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“I just feel so dead. I am so torn up inside. Worthless. Believing lies [and] feeling incapable of believing truth. But I just have to. I am desperate. Angry. I need God yet I feel extremely angry at God. I feel hopeless. This battle never ends. I just want to die.” I penned these words in my journal not two years ago, not nine months ago, but yesterday and they expressed what I wanted to scream...

rebelling against low expectations

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