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So Long Normal: What's So Bad about Normal?

INTRODUCTION Leader, read this section aloud to the group: Have you ever tried to grab your breath on a cold morning? It may seem like an odd question, but it’s ...

Don't Be Surprised by Trouble

Our hope comes in Jesus, even when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do. Even when He doesn’t fix what’s broken in our life… When Jesus is with ...

The Abundant Life Will Not Be Free of Trials

Life with Christ will not be pain-free. This is a prominent theme throughout Scripture. First, let’s just acknowledge how abnormal it is to embrace such a life. When traveling from ...

A Better Broken

Messy EndingsWhen songwriters are trying to figure something out, they often write a song about it. The song I wrote was called “I Can Just Be Me.” The lyrics begin ...

Blessings at Christmas

God had clearly spoken.“We can start trying to have kids!” Martin said later that night. “I know, it’s crazy, isn’t it? Just think, nine months from now our life could ...

Dear God, Help Me to Daily Surrender to You

I have a proven tendency to mess things up. I have good intentions and even a few really good ideas. But sometimes things can go sideways so fast that I ...

Surrender by Acting “As If”

When I find myself feeling unsure of my identity in God’s eyes, His Word offers me plenty of assurance about who I am in Christ. Ephesians 2, especially, gives me ...

10 White Flag Prayers for a Surrendered Life

Editor’s Note: Surrender. Should we sit here and try to unpack that word together? We’d be here for a while, wouldn’t we? To cut to the chase, Merriam Webster defines ...

What Is Surrender Anyway?

I don’t know what you are facing today, but I know what it’s like to face circumstances that are out of your control. Life can be swirling around us, it ...

Who Do I Surrender To?

A Great, Good, Trustworthy GodLet’s say you need an operation on your heart. You can’t do it yourself, obviously. You’re going to have to trust a professional to open you ...

I Needed to Give Up

I’ve spent the better part of this year learning to give up. Yes, you heard me correctly. I am learning to give up. Honestly, this was not a journey I ...

When We Ask Why, God? Why?

The answer to our whys may be obvious now, or they may never be answered in our lifetime. But even if we knew why, it’s likely we wouldn’t be satisfied ...

When God Doesn’t Answer Our Prayers the Way We Want Him To

Editor’s Note: Laura Story’s life upended when her husband Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The struggle that followed was very real and very hard, but it was in ...

When God Doesn't Fix It: The Place Where God Has Me Right Now

The Best-Made PlansWe had a lot of ups and downs while Martin was in the hospital. There were times I thought he was going to live and times I was ...

Messy Endings

I have won several awards for my music, but one award I’m pretty sure I’ll never be nominated for is Mother of the Year.Take for example one Wednesday morning when ...

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Free Easter Bible Study!

Free Easter Bible Study!

You're invited to walk where Jesus walked! Join the In the Footsteps of the Savior online Bible study in the weeks leading up to Easter with best-selling author Max Lucado and get access to 6 study videos & other free bonuses to help you along the journey! The Holy Land is waiting for you... Study starts 3/6!