Story of Faith | Dr. Nathalie Johnson

I felt like when I went through my cancer I didn't understand why I had to walk through it. But that's not the first time this has happened—when someone was adamant about it and the reason I could reach them is because I had done it myself. I realize, looking back, the Lord allowed me to have that testimony because he knew the plans and the people I would meet and how my walking that journey would have an impact on how I could help them. It just seems like it comes full circle.

Study Guide: Work, A Divine Principle | June 2018

Work may not be the most glamorous or exciting topic, but it lays the foundation for everything that matters in life. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were refined, tested, tried, and blessed beyond measure with the burden of work. Physical labor builds more than just skill and muscle, it builds character. Additionally, throughout the ages disciples of Christ have come to know: living a Christ-centered life requires work.

June's Theme — Work, A Divine Principle

Joys, glories and pleasures of creation are available to us all as we take part in work. Nothing comes without some effort and action. Even “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). Life takes work. But an abundant life is one that recognizes the beauty that comes in searching, toiling, exerting, kneeling, exploring, questioning, seeking, and, well, working!

Supporting a Spouse with a Pornography Addiction: 5 Lesser-Known Aspects of Recovery

As a spouse of an addict, you surrender by learning to accept that there is very little you control about the situation. Anxiety and depression are common among spouses because you go insane worrying about things you cannot actually control. I couldn’t determine the outcome through hard work, prayer, or my efforts in the recovery program. I could change myself, but I ultimately could not do anything about the choices Todd would make.

My Personal Journey: 5 Lesser-known Aspects of Recovery

Recovery is not about fighting a habit. Rather, recovery requires addressing the trauma that fuels the addiction. It’s about learning how to live a healthy life. When a person lives a well-balanced, healthy life and has addressed trauma, they have the power to choose. Addictions never really go away. Many days I still feel tempted, and I still feel a lot of shame. However, I have been sober for years now and am confident I can stay sober as long as I continue to use the skills I have learned.

Stories of Faith | Emily Dunford

I have fallen many times—both literally and figuratively. I have cried and felt sorry for myself and angrily wondered why this happened to me. But luckily, I never stayed down long enough to hinder my continual journey forward, even if it sometimes feels like I’m clumsily stumbling in the dark.

To Be Known and Loved: Why Family Matters

I have learned from experience that Jesus’ redeeming power extends not only to individuals, but also to families. There are second chances for families. There are new beginnings. There are things that seem lost or too late or forgotten, which circle around in seasons of bounty, often least expected. Let us not lose faith in God’s mindfulness of and purpose for families. All families are part of His plan, even when they are untraditional, broken, unrealized, or estranged.

Stories of Faith | Corrie ten Boom 

I’m convinced that some women, like Corrie ten Boom, suffer horrific fates, carried only by their faith in God, so that people, years later, can continue to be inspired by them. Corrie’s story teaches us that if we open our hearts and eyes to the miracles taking place in our own lives, we’ll find not only are they there at every turn, but perhaps they are also evidence that God has a greater plan for us all.

Study Guide: The Family Is Of God | May 2018

Though the world is full of discord and people who are offended, who betray one another, and hate one another; though there are false prophets who rise and deceive many; though iniquity abounds and the love of many has waxed cold (Matthew 24:10-12), yet we can choose to reflect our divine nature in every word and every deed. We can choose to love all of God’s children. 

May's Theme — The Family Is Of God

Winston Churchill said, "There is no doubt that it is around the family and home that all the greatest virtues, most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened, and maintained." We could talk about the magnificent structure, systems, and traditions of the family...but ultimately the thing that makes the family one of the most important pieces of life is the Godly love that is found within.

Peace, Be Still — The Power & Light of His Love

I was living in a drug house in Arizona when my dad came and rescued me. I will never understand how he never gave up on me, despite the many failed attempts at helping me. If there is someone on this earth whose love for their child somewhat resembles the kind of love our Heavenly Father has for us, it is my dad.

Peace, Be Still — Forgiveness Through Christ

The power of Jesus Christ is so real. He is our Savior. I know that I have healed and have been forgiven for my sins and I have been able to forgive those who have hurt me. Most of all I have been able to forgive myself and understand my worth as a daughter of God and a Sister of Christ!

Peace, Be Still — Talking About Pornography

Because an addiction to pornography develops and reinforces over time and with repeated use, open communication is vital in order to understand the nature and extent of a user’s problem with pornography. Here, we share a few insights specifically for the spouse of a pornography user, in hopes that this will ease the anxiety surrounding tough conversations when this problem arises. As hard as this issue is, honest dialogue about pornography use can be healing for both parties and even mitigate the harm pornography has on the user.

Peace, Be Still — Understanding Pornography

It is helpful to know that a process addiction is fundamentally a “powerful form of learning.” Free will is forfeited by degrees, which means that at some point, quitting is no longer a simple matter of self-control. But while the user will never be able to “unsee” the porn, the compulsion can be unlearned.

Peace, Be Still — Recovering Through The Grace of God

Leaving behind my eating disorder is like leaving behind my identity. I have experienced a profound void and emptiness which my new interests, pursuits, relationships, and passions have yet to fill. I often feel so alone, wondering if God really is there watching over me, but I remember the scripture found in Psalms 34:4 which says, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”