Category: Dealing with Hardships

Christmas: Joy in the Midst of Suffering

As much as we'd rather sweep things under the rug and hope the sparkle of sequinned dresses and Christmas lights can distract us, the Advent season does not make us immune to stress, pain, mourning, loneliness, illness, and suffering. Life does not suddenly stop throwing curveballs just because its Christmas. No, life keeps on rolling, ...

Making Peace with the Ordinary Grind of Everyday Life

Sometimes we can grow frustrated with life, wishing we were somewhere else but feeling stuck in the same unglamorous grind of everyday life. Like plot points in a movie, we wish every moment could be jam-packed with excitement, that we could fast-forward and skip over the mundane, ordinary details of day-to-day living -- things that seem so ...

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When God Won’t Spoon-Feed You

One of the toughest things to come to grips with is that God won't always spoon-feed us. It sounds funny, but many of us unintentionally approach the faith that way: as if God is some wish-granting genie. We question his existence when we don't get what we want.Of course, God is not indebted to us ...

Delayed or Right on Time?

Have you ever had a situation in your life where no matter how much you prayed, no matter how many goals you made, no matter what actions you took, your situation just wouldn't change for the better?  Like all your attempts were being throttled, leaving you feeling like you were constantly swimming against a tide ...

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When Nothing Falls Into Place

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsYou know what I mean when I talk about those people who seem to have everything together: they know exactly who they are, exactly where they're headed, and are miraculously able to balance every part of their lives -- from work, to school, to spiritual growth, to relationships, to personal health, ...

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Put Your Crown Back On

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs First of all, I'd like to apologize for not blogging as often as I used to. It's been crazy these past few months, having had a ton of essays to write for school (#universitylife eh?). But apart from that, I have to be honest with you: I've been finding it difficult ...

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(Im)Perfect Christians

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs In some ways, I think the reality of our Christian faith is broken down by false notions of what it means to be a “perfect Christian.” Sometimes we have this idea that ‘perfection’ is the prerequisite to belonging in the Church, that anything else would make us unworthy. And maybe we ...

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Some Battles Must Be Fought More Than Once

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Have you ever looked back at your life and realized that despite how much you'd grown, some things still needed repair? That although you'd changed over the years, there were still some things you never stopped struggling with, fears you'd never gotten over? Have you ever realized that problems you experienced ...

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When God Doesn’t Answer

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsWe've always been taught to pray, to include God in everything--from the smallest decisions to the largest ones. We're told to cling to God when things don't make sense, to rely on Him for answers. But what do we when God remains SILENT?The Bible says: "Ask and it will be given ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 2): SACRIFICES

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It would be great if we could have everything we wanted, if we could pick and choose what we got out of life, weeding out the bad stuff and keeping the best of everything. But life isn't like that. We can't have everything, and life often entails sacrificing one thing ...