Finding Gratefulness in a Season of Hopelessness

Finding Gratefulness in a Season of Hopelessness

It’s amazing, utterly amazing, how God can take trauma, pain, desperation and give us life. He can restore life, give life, and continue life in the darkest seasons. With the strength, mercy, and grace of our Lord and Savior, we can take one more thing.

We can handle one more awful week.

We can swallow more bad news.

We can live through another exhausting day.

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How One Question Got Me To Go To Church: Tips for Inviting Your Friends

How One Question Got Me To Go To Church: Tips for Inviting Your Friends

For many people in the Christian community, the church has always been a part of routine, day-to-day life, but for a few individuals, that hasn't always been the case. If the church has been a part of your Sunday routine for as long as you can remember, then it's likely you've forgotten how scary it can be walking into a foreign building, risking being seen by people—truly being seen.

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Finding Joy in Our Children

Finding Joy in Our Children

Loving our children is almost always an instinctual, easy thing to do. I’d argue that loving your children is life’s most natural form of love. Yet, through countless screaming hours and fussy seasons of my son’s life I’ve learned that while loving him was easy, finding joy in him all the time is not.

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Career & Identity: Part 2 Finding Opportunity in the Gray Zone

Career & Identity: Part 2 Finding Opportunity in the Gray Zone

I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who’s been titleless for months or years. Maybe some of you aren’t married - maybe you’re still living at home with your parents. These things happen and it’s no secret that society often interprets those times as failures.

I’m going to call this the gray zone. Maybe due to sickness, the loss of a family or friend, mental health, career disposition, or one of the other countless reasons - you’re in the gray zone. There’s no need to set an alarm in the morning and you find yourself wandering through your day.

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Career & Identity: Part 1 “Humble Pie”

Career & Identity: Part 1 “Humble Pie”

As you can see, I’ve slipped in and out of this major identity crisis over and over again. I found assurance and security in my career. My performance in jobs only egged my ego on. It only built up this false identity. Crossing things off a to-do list was my drug of choice (still is if I’m being totally honest).

God’s Work is Never Done.

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5 Must Read Tips for When you Feel Unsupported by your Husband

5 Must Read Tips for When you Feel Unsupported by your Husband

In my imagination, I had envisioned a full-on cheerleading squad from everyone that I cared about. A squad to pour into me, words of affirmation, as I wrote to my heart's content, but where is the challenge in that?

“Sometimes you must HURT in order to KNOW, FALL in order to GROW, LOSE in order to GAIN, because life's greatest lessons are learned through PAIN.” - Alicia Taylor

When fantasy met reality, I learned that God was calling me to be obedient regardless of any external factor.

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4 Tips For When You Don't Feel Like Loving Your Spouse

4 Tips For When You Don't Feel Like Loving Your Spouse

Of all the attributes of love, this is by far one of the hardest ones for me.

“... [love] keeps no record of wrongs”

All too often I want to respond in an argument with a list of all the wrongdoings imposed on me, but truth of the matter is, we shouldn’t.

In the heat of the moment, when all you want to do is focus on the past and that record of hurts, pause and rise above those feelings.

Love is a choice you can make despite those feelings because our ultimate Lover, our Father God, loves all of us with all of our sin smeared all over the place. We can love because He first loved us.

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To the Woman who Feels Everything

To the Woman who Feels Everything

You know who you are – you feel it all. You feel the pains of your broken family, friends, and neighbors –you carry them. I do too.

You persist in your love for the people who slam doors in your face left and right. You care for the people you know don’t care for you back.

Your acts of service and thoughtfulness often go unnoticed and unthanked.

Your capacity for compassion is great, deep, heavy.

When someone confides in you, you actually feel what they’re feeling. You listen with your heart.

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The Ultimate Comforter

The Ultimate Comforter

While the levels and deepness of grief and sorrow vary from situation to situation – we all have experienced hardship at some point or another.

Jesus went 40 days and 40 nights without food or water (Matt 4: 1-11). While His body yearned for nourishment and refreshment; His mind experienced isolation. During His many years of ministry, He lost people He loved, He had friends betray Him deeply (John 18), He experienced relationship conflict (Mark 4:35-41), and loneliness. He got angry (Matt 21: 12-13), sad (Matt 26:37), hopeless (Hebrews 5:7), and exhausted (Luke 22:44).

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Hope: Nowhere to be Felt but Everywhere to be Found

Hope: Nowhere to be Felt but Everywhere to be Found

Why is it that falling at the feet of Jesus is so hard to do? Why is it – in the moments of exhaustion, hopelessness, and loneliness – giving Him those feelings feels impossible?

I’m not going to pretend to have all of the answers to my problems – but what I have realized is that the only place to begin is at His feet. So, I don’t know what’s next. I don’t know how the Lord is going to redeem this challenging season of my life but I do know, now, that I have to entrust it all to Him.  

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A Faithful Step Partnership: Corinne's Introduction

A Faithful Step Partnership: Corinne's Introduction

Back to my “why” - why am I writing for A Faithful Step? My honest, raw thoughts about God needed a home. I have been a believer in Jesus Christ, our one true Lord and Savior, ever since I can remember. But that faith has been tested, reevaluated, and challenged all throughout my adult life.

I always tell people that my story is a little anticlimactic because there are no “wow” or life changing moments. Yet, I believe there's beauty in every story that involves our Father, so regardless of the lack of action, there is beauty in the constant, steady love.

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Six Must-Haves for Nursing Moms

Six Must-Haves for Nursing Moms

This is Part 3 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Closing off the series, I wanted to share must-haves for every nursing mom, as well as ways to support a nursing mom.

Remember, breastfeeding is not the best option for everyone. Whether you chose to breastfeed, bottle-feed or both remember that this is only a small choice in raising up a child.  

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Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding: 4 Tips to Help You Decide - Part 2

Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding: 4 Tips to Help You Decide - Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. 

From the onset of pregnancy, women find themselves bombarded with expectations of being the perfect mother.

How do you decide what’s best?

How do you wade through all the conflicting research and opinions from your family and friends to pick the absolute best? 

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New Moms Journey Through Breastfeeding – Part 1 Why?

New Moms Journey Through Breastfeeding – Part 1 Why?

This is part 1 of a 3 Part Breastfeeding Series in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

When I was pregnant with Natalie, I started doing what any new mother in America would do; I started reading all the pregnancy and motherhood books I could find.

It was through that reading/research I decided that I would breastfeed our children. For me, there were too many benefits to justify not breastfeeding.

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Coping with Societal Expectations in the Postpartum Season

Coping with Societal Expectations in the Postpartum Season

This piece is Part 8 of a 9 Part Series called I Am Not Defined By My Weight, inspired by Rachel Hollis' book "Girl, wash your face". 

I’ve been trying to write this post for about two months now, and I don’t know why it’s been so hard.

It might be that I still consider myself in the postpartum season even though I think the medical field refers to postpartum as the 6 weeks after delivery.

Yet, as any woman who has given birth will tell you, the after-effects of labor do not disappear after 6 weeks.

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