Don’t Give Up: 10 Things That Can Help You Keep Going When Times are Tough by Andrew Thomas on Inc.
How do you keep going when things get rough? This secular article sheds some good light on the issue:
The dip is when most people break down. It’s a time of struggle right after the excitement of early success. A time when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But if you survive the dip, you’ll come out the other side stronger than you can imagine.
Here are 10 tactics to help you keep the faith and moving forward when you’re on the verge of giving up.
5 Truths from 10 Years of Discipleship Research by Eric Geiger
Eric interviews Scott McConnell who’s been doing 10 years of research on discipleship and his findings are interesting.
Jesus gave His people a clear mission—to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). For this reason, a local church exists to make disciples. C.S. Lewis challenged:
The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, everything else is simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.
A church can excel at anything and everything else, but if the church fails to make disciples, she has wandered from her fundamental reason for existence.
Fighting to See God in Every Season by Helen Suk-Louws
Through sharing about the loss of her father and adoption, Helen shares how she’s fighting to see God in each season of her life.
I have come to search for beauty in fall: the crisp air, the crunch of leaves underfoot, the display of the Master Artist’s palette of brilliant colors, all evidence of His character and presence.
He is always with us. He will never leave us. He sticks close in every season of life.
Do You Read the Bible Enough by Jeremy Adelman
We all know that we’re supposed to read the Bible, but this article sheds light into why.
According to Barna, 62% of Americans say they wish they read the Scriptures more. This should raise the question, what is keeping people from cracking the pages of their Bibles?
The possible reasons are varied and might include busy schedules or a fear of not understanding what we read. But there seems to be an even deeper and more fundamental hindrance in our approach to the Scriptures. Addressing this hindrance does not merely require adding another strategy to our Bible reading times — it requires a change in our perspective about what Bible reading is.
Am I Really a Mom? By Christi Straub
The role of being a mom can be quite confusing. Christi vulnerably shares processing that she’s a minivan-driving mom now.
In the daily neediness of “motherhood,” I’m not sure I ever took time to process—I. Am. A. Mother.
I have two little people at home who call me “Mummy.” Am I mature enough for this?
I think of Mother’s Day as a day for those patient, mature women—the ones who wear cute dresses and always look beautiful. Who “whip up” gourmet meals and their children crawl into their laps for their counsel. Their fridges stocked, houses clean, children happy and playing outside building forts. You know the mothers—awake before everyone else, writing notes for their kids’ lunches and having breakfast ready as everyone else wakes.
And then, there’s me…