Guest Posts

Just Show Up by Kelly Griffiths

A friend of mine texted me this morning asking for prayer. As she should. She’s about to embark on something that’s way out of her league. She does this for Jesus and for His people, especially those who feel most forsaken, who the world deems most filthy and most foul, but who are loved by God.
They that are whole have no need of a physician; but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. –Jesus
I text my friend: Just show up. God will do the rest. Read More

Restrained for Greatness by Maureen Zappala

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,
but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Self-discipline. What comes to mind when you hear that word? I don’t know about you, but that word can make me crazy! It speaks of restraint. Limits. Boundaries. I'm not a fan of restraints, limits or boundaries. But what if restraints didn't exist? Read More 

Slowing the Pace of a Busy Life by Michelle Virnelson

I had a minor parking lot scrape last week. It wigged me out for days. I couldn’t get it off my mind. What happened? Where did that car come from as I was backing into my parking spot? And why couldn’t I stop thinking about it? My life is filled with far more pressing matters to think and pray about. This was a minor incident. No one was hurt.

As I pondered (no, ruminated on would be the better description) what happened, I sensed God say, “Michelle, I’ve been trying to tell you. Slow down. Get more sleep.”

“I know, Lord. I’m trying. But, I don’t know how or what to do.” Read More

A Story of Grace: Forgiving the Other Woman 

Welcome to Real Life. Mark and Rita fell in love, married, and had two children. Then, Mark met Beth. They ended up having an affair. Mark left his family and married Beth. Eight months later, Mark had a life-altering stroke. This is Beth and Rita’s story of grace. Read More

Dispensing Grace: A Black Person in a Mostly White Church

Welcome to Real Life. How do you react to people who are different? How does it feel to be a black woman in a mostly white church? A friend of mine lives this reality.

It seems I’ve been dispensing grace all my life. I never thought of it as grace until taking a class on the subject. Yes, I’m talking about the race thing again. In most situations, I’m the only person of color in a given group. Read More


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