Old vs New Nature

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander …

Communication

Do you find it difficult to talk things out with your husband when you have issues? Do you keep things to yourself and hope that they get better? What happens when you have an argument or disagreement? Do you blow up at him or give him the silent treatment? James 1:19 offers this advice: “So …

Boris On the Rebound

"Boris?" I glanced up and was startled to see my neighbor, Tulia standing there. I hadn't heard her because I was so deep in thought. I was still reeling from the shock of Cate breaking off our engagement. The ring was in my pants pocket. I longed to throw it away but it was expensive. …

Pregnant

I was still stunned. I couldn't believe it. I was pregnant. I did the Clear-blue pregnancy test while my grandmother was out. I was so nervous waiting for the results and when I saw it, I stared at it for a long time before I shoved the stuff into the pocket of my jeans. My …

Self-Control

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. - Psalm 141:3, NKJV How many of us have said something in a fit of anger and then later wish we could take the words back? How do we prevent this from happening again? Do we take a deep breath and …

Teona’s Story

I’m a young, married Christian woman living with a secret. My husband spanks me.  He says that it’s in line with what the Bible says which is that a wife should submit to her husband.  I never understood how submission meant getting spanked like I was a child.  While the Bible does mention disciplining a …

My Marvelous God

"You can be sure of this: The Lord has set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him. Don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer proper sacrifices, and trust in the Lord. Many people say, "Who will show us …

My Reality

I see the fear on her face as we walk towards each other.  It’s broad daylight.  I’m just walking down the sidewalk, minding my own business but she looks at me as if I was going to attack her at any minute.  She walks faster and clutches her handbag tightly.  Maybe she thinks I’m going …

Let It All Go

She watched the kids playing. Not so long ago, Michael was playing with them. He would have turned 11 on Friday. She recognized the kid whose father ran Michael down on his way home from school. Apparently, he was reaching for his cell when it happened. He was serving time in prison but she was …

The Deception

"A letter for you, Miss," Fanny announced as she handed the envelope to Clara. Clara took it and frowned when she saw the name on it.  Why did he write me?  Why did he not come instead?  "Thank you, Fanny." As soon as the young maid was gone, she ripped open the envelope and unfolded …

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