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Why It Doesn't Matter How you Feel About Your Friends

Article from Shauna Niequist

My husband and I were talking in the car the other day, and he said something about a friend of ours. He said, “She’s really good at being a friend.” 

And in the silence, we were thinking of a couple people we love very much but who, frankly, are not so good at being friends.

They are our friends, certainly.

Which means we share history and care about one another and are always happy to see each other, but when it comes down to it, they don’t DO what good friends DO very often…



Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott

10 Romantic Fall Dates to do together 

Fall is a beautiful and exciting time of year, with changing leaves, football season in full swing, and holidays right around the corner. Take advantage of the cooler weather and the wide variety of seasonal activities to go on some creative and romantic dates with your spouse.

There are plenty of ways to fully enjoy the autumn, so we’ve created a list of 10 ideas to get you started. Have fun!


There’s never a wrong time to get coffee, but there’s something about fall that makes a hot drink seem more appealing. Cooler temperatures…

Pressing Through the Pain

Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you?

I understand. I really, really do. I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels like it cuts through skin and bone. It’s the kind of pain that leaves us wondering if we’ll ever be able to function like a normal person again.

But God has been tenderly reminding me that pain itself is not the enemy. Pain is the indicator that brokenness…

Is Your Teen Depressed?

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“Do you know why I chose to drink last night?” my teenage daughter asked me at the end of a long night that all parents wish they never have to experience. 

“No, why?” I asked. 

“Because I don’t want to feel,” she said. 

I prayed. God, I don’t know what to do! You have to show me. That morning was a defining moment…

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Feel Inadequate as a Leader

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If you’ve led anything, you’re likely familiar with the feeling.

You wonder whether you have what it takes.

Maybe you even wonder how you got this job/task/assignment/responsibility.

And you just don’t know if you can…

4 Ways to Go for Grit Over Grades this Year

Article from Fuller Youth Institute

“What do you think matters more—talent or effort?”

The two 14-year-old girls in the back of my car had been talking about their adventures at the mall on our ride home, but turned the corner in their conversation toward school, so I took the opening. My daughter only slightly rolled her eyes at the question (a win!) Her friend piped in,

“Oh, that’s easy. Effort. Just look at Jack. He’s easily the smartest kid at math, but…

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