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  • November 10, 2023

    READ: EPHESIANS 6:18-20; 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4; JAMES 5:13-16 One day, I heard a beautician chatting to her colleague as I was selecting a nail polish. She said, “I’m trying to stay strong, but when I’m alone, my husband’s illness overwhelms me.” My heart lurched. Sadness welled up inside, and immediately I knew I needed to [...]

  • November 3, 2023

    READ: MATTHEW 9:20-22; MARK 5:25-34; LUKE 8:43-48 Drained, the blood flows, Labelled, “unclean” and “lost” Doctors fail, trying everything I don’t care about the cost. “The healer is here, Jesus,” An echo of Your name Sings in my ears. Can He heal my shame? In pain, I scrabble on my hands Battling through loud crowds. [...]

  • September 14, 2023

    READ: PSALM 139:13-16; PROVERBS 14:30; JOHN 10:7-11 “If only I could be like Carter,” I wished for the millionth time. “Just naturally confident.” Trudging through the crowds on my way home, I thought about all the popular college students. Unlike me. Everyone in front of me seemed to stride with purpose, while a heaviness dragged [...]

  • March 6, 2023

    Have you ever reached boiling point? You've been trying so hard to do the right thing, and in a weak moment, you sin. Your temper bubbles over, scalding hot. Your good intentions vanish, and you lose it, only later to be overwhelmed with guilt and failure. All is not lost. . I've had those days [...]

  • January 24, 2023

    With a sickening crunch, a piece of my tooth snapped at the back of my mouth. Shocked, I momentarily paused, anxious about how broken it would be. Carefully taking out the broken piece of the tooth, I realized it was a tiny fragment. . "I can live with it until my next dentist appointment," I [...]

  • January 18, 2023

    Ayesha, you are under arrest for violating the curfew,” the words echo inside. “Tomorrow you are sentenced to the Ocean of Mistakes.” "God, please save me," I pray. I've been pleading all night in my prison cell. "I know I've failed. Please forgive me." . Sunrise peeps through the window. CLANG. The door opens. My [...]

  • September 30, 2022

    Have you ever felt like an outsider because of your faith? Maybe people judge you, or even avoid you, because you are a Christian. Sometimes, it feels like having faith is a burden—especially when you're striving to act the right way in the midst of temptations and distractions. It's hard when others misunderstand you, and [...]

  • August 15, 2022

    "Gone. Passed away,” Distorted, disturbing words. Swallowing back painStinging eyes, blurred. I think of you. Gone! Stumbling away, Heart pounding. I can't talk Searching a quiet space, To silence my thoughts.I think of you.Gone. I didn't know you Your dreams, your hopes But your loss rips through Deep within my soul.I think of you.Gone. A [...]

  • July 11, 2022

    "Am I fake?" Has this thought ever crossed your mind? You are not alone. When someone decides to become a Christian, they might be surprised to discover they still struggle with sin. Even if they are working hard to follow Jesus and reshape their life choices and patterns, mess-ups inevitably happen. Trials come. The old [...]

  • June 18, 2022

    People can push us down and mess with our minds. When others treat us wrongly, we can get into a dark place mentally and be scared to keep moving forward. When we have enemies coming against us, it can be hard for us to stay positive or keep our trust in God. In Psalm 143, [...]