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Help Others Discover the Benefits of Suffering

viewing hurts from a Biblical perspective
When expectations are unmet or a tragedy occurs, most of us react with frustration and anger. We want to blame someone or something for causing our pain.

From Fear to Faithfulness

learning to trust God and take care of His gifts
What is the worst thing that could happen to you? As a kid, I remember dreading the chicken pox. When I got older, I began to fear death, car accidents, or robbery.

Why We Fail to Overcome Destructive Habits

five keys to conquering sinful patterns
Most of us have habits that seem to have a relentless grip on our souls.

Leading Your Children to Self-Acceptance

building trust in your Designer
Practicing self-acceptance is a key to teaching children to accept themselves. When your children see that you accept God’s design, they will be more likely to trust God too. Demonstrate Love and Acceptance

Discerning God’s Purpose in Birth Defects

facing the refining fire of unexpected trials
Kay and I met as young people, and after two years of dating, we married. We both wanted to follow the Lord and longed for a closer walk with Him. We tried to make Christ the center of our home.

How Self-Acceptance Relates to Salvation

discovering the truth about God and our need for Him
Without accepting yourself within the scope of God’s design, you will not see the need for God’s gift of salvation.

Responding to Ridicule

what to do if you are mocked for unchangeable features
We’ve all felt the sting of ridicule. Observant children do not hesitate to bring embarrassing features into the spotlight. Bullies use words as weapons of intimidation. Spiteful teasing from friends and family members cuts away at our confidence.

Share Spoken Blessings With Children

how to intercede for children with words of blessing
All of us have opportunities to bless children. If you are a parent, God has given you the responsibility to teach your children the ways of God. (See Deuteronomy 6:6–7.) Giving a spoken blessing can be a tool in this training.

Apply God’s Word to Your Life

the most challenging and critical step of meditation
As you meditate on a passage of Scripture, ideas about how you can apply its truth will come to your mind. Write them down!

Overcome Negative Thoughts

think on what is true, honest, just, pure, and lovely
Many people are tempted in this area, but Scripture tells us, “In thy [God’s] presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). We can be confident that the Lord wants us to be full of joy.

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