Living the Gospel in View of My Spouse

Stewart Fenters Devotional, Struggling Well

Centuries ago, a hero of mine named St Francis said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” For Francis, a great preacher wasn’t someone who knew everything about God. Rather, it was someone who truly lived the gospel in every part of their life. In this way, the gospel could be seen in the …

How to Walk a Mile in Forgiveness

Greg Lee Devotional, Struggling Well

Several years ago I was collecting my notes in preparation for a Bible study I was to teach the following day. My research was centered around the Lord’s prayer, and as I frequently do, I began delving into the literal translations for several of the key words. I became fixated on the words in verse 12; “And forgive us our …

A Punch in the Gut

Carrie Givens Struggling Well

“No one was trying to hurt us. No one had done anything wrong. But the world we inhabit is one where children feel sorrow long before they have the words to express it. It just hits them like a punch in the gut and hollows out a part of their insides. They do not understand it, but they feel it …

The Art of Waiting

Nikki Dunham Devotional, Struggling Well

As kids, we would hop on our bikes and pedal down to the nearest Video Station to pick up a movie for family movie night. But inevitably, the new movie we were so excited to see would be out so we had to settle for an older classic. You couldn’t simply turn on your smart TV and find whatever movie …

We Didn’t Fit In

Kelly Langston Struggling Well, Women

Kelly Langston will be leading a Women’s Bible Study on Friday mornings this fall for Special Needs Moms. Here is a little bit of her story and her heart for this group. We didn’t fit in. That was our story in the early days when my family was learning to live with an autistic son. We didn’t fit in at …

Stress Test

Michelle Marsalis Coen Devotional, Struggling Well

If there’s one life experience in which I feel like an over-achiever, it’s in the area of stress. Since my teen years, I’ve struggled with properly balancing stress and anxiety, making a sound night’s sleep an often elusive dream. In just typing out this confession and reflecting on the uncertainties and obligations that await the day, my heart starts to …

Vultures on the Roof

Suzi Kallam Struggling Well

One does not have to look very hard to find people who are suffering. Our news outlets bombard us with second-by-second reports of the horrendous torment and misery endured by so many throughout the world. Regrettably, the inundation of graphic pictures and tragedies has deadened our senses. We may feel a fleeting sense of horror and injustice, but it is …

The Mess at the Wall

Carrie Givens Struggling Well, Uncategorized

I’ve known for a couple of weeks that I wanted to write this, but I’ve been struggling with how to lay it out. You see, what’s going on in my head and my heart is messy, and it’s hard to communicate messy in 600 words or so. Messy doesn’t wrap up in a nice bow with a lesson at the …

Snow and the Promise of New Life

Nikki Dunham Devotional, Struggling Well

As I watched the snowflakes coming down, nostalgia flooded over me. Having grown up in Wisconsin, snow was a normal part of winter. But the very first snow was always a welcome change. Fall was beautiful in Wisconsin, but after the leaves were all on the ground, everything was brown. The grass, the trees, even the sky was gloomy. But …

In a Darkened Advent

Nikki Dunham Struggling Well

As we approach Christmas this year, there seems to be a certain gloom in the air. New stories of gunmen, bombings, and fleeing families are revealed everyday. And yet here in the United States, we go about business as usual, decorating our houses with garlands and lights, buying stocking stuffers, and filling our bellies with holiday treats. If you’re like …