I made a vow with God that I would change and be the best that I could possibly be in anything that I ventured into. From that sunny day in April I swore to become engaged in personal self-development.
He told me his name was Steve and he’d been homeless ever since his sister died last September. He was trying to get off the streets, but it was so hard.
Rape is a social evil that has reached explosive proportions. It has ruined many lives and continues to do so at a frenetic pace. No one is immune, and age is no bar.
Sacrifice is something that most people have no interest in learning. Unfortunately, most people never really learn especially in terms of money-related problems that makes most people never fulfill their goals and are left without ever realizing those goals.
Co-parenting after a divorce can present some unique challenges. I understand as a parent that we are all human and we all make mistakes. I also understand how frustrating it can be when a parent makes poor choices, bad decisions and presents a less than desirable role model for your children.
Do not fast with the flesh, but be moved by the Spirit of God into fasting. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to fast.
My dream has always been to be free from my three-headed giant of abuse, bipolar disorder, and OCD. During this struggle, I had desperately hoped to be loved and considered good in spite of my frailties; to truly experience joy and contentment amidst my sufferings; to be in control of life rather than adversity tyrannizing me.
Your parenting style is usually determined by the way your parents raised you. Although this is a hard truth for some parents to swallow, if you've ever found yourself acting just like your parents, then you know that this is true. Unless you've taken the time to think about how you want to raise your kids and what you plan to do differently, then the method you'll resort to is the one that was used on you.
Learning to live with the unexpected onset of a disability or chronic illness is a challenge. I lost all hearing in my left ear at the beginning of 2005. Combined with the thunderously loud tinnitus, I felt as though my head was submerged in deep water. I was forced to rely upon my right ear, my ‘bad ear.’
Pastors are to be pillars who support truth, not who oppose it. Truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes—it’s solid and unyielding. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails—you don’t change truth—truth changes you! We must begin here.
We live in a 'touch phobic' society says one psychologist. Humans like to have their own space without unnecessary intrusions. Even animals define their own territory.
Understanding the responsibility and living it are two separate and specific steps men must act upon. In fact, God places a call on each man to be the patriarch of his family by providing, protecting (warrior), and loving his family well. Many men stumble their way through as family leaders because understanding the role of husband, father, and leader is learned behavior and must be taught by a father or mentor.
Sometimes we are blinded by too much love that we failed to assess our choices. Most often than not, we end up finding the wrong man/woman in our life that we are supposed to spend our life with. Often we invested too much in our relationship to work that when it failed, it's more painful than we could have imagined.
If you are dry, dissatisfied, spiritually thirsty, confused or burdened, drink from Jesus Christ. Be refreshed, then go and refresh others. Are you spiritually dry? Do you need a refreshing from Almighty God in some way?
One day, you wake up to the realization that the fervor is gone. It did not disappear overnight; it just crept up on you, slowly and surely. Church becomes boring. Probably your prayers were taking too long to be answered
Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old high school soccer player did something so brave and noble in the valley of the shadow of death. He used his own body to shield his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during a gunman’s February 14th rampage that killed 17 people.
There are many similar and different thoughts (religious, scientific, medical, social, educational, etc.) on the issue of whether masturbation is a vice or virtue. My purpose here is to examine what the Bible has to say since it is the final authoritative word for us Christians.
Battling any addiction can be difficult, whether it is an alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, or food addiction. You may feel trapped, and that there is no hope. You may have even tried to get free from your addiction numerous times, and failed each time to stay clean. It is possible with each failed attempt, you are now feeling hopeless.
It is a devastating experience when a loved one commits suicide. Dealing with the death of one close to you is difficult but the thought that this person has chosen to end their own life has its own grief pathway and in many ways is more difficult to resolve. It involves dealing with negative self characterizations such as the thought that there is something wrong with my family. Suicide also affects the entire family and each person's has his/her unique experience with it.
If someone had told me 12 years ago that I was going to end up marrying a homeless alcoholic, I would have presumed they were mad. But that’s what happened. I was 30 years old, happily single, with a successful career as a writer, when I fell in love with a man who lived in a bush.
Finding freedom from our OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) involves facing fears, accepting obsessions, surrendering our anxieties to God, believing in the truth, and finally, postponing ritualizing thoughts. If we courageously do all this, we can experience more and more victories from this illness – if we only habitually choose to stay connected to the Vine.
There has been an avalanche of thoughts expressed on the issue of sex dolls since they gained new, unrivaled popularity such as has not been seen since their inception. Social media was a sound tool in the propagation of this “felony” as considered by the female folk.
Whenever we are truly, deeply in love with someone we shouldn't feel fear. There is no fear in love - only passion, understanding, and kindness.
Bullying can be addressed on your end. How? Build your teenagers' self-confidence! The kind of confidence derived not from having all their whims so they could be "in", but one that comes from having good values enough for them to stand proud even if they are lacking in material things.
Anger and resentment drains your energy, and keeps you imprisoned by your past. By choosing to let go of your hurt and anger, you give yourself the freedom to fully experience joy in life. Anger builds inside us, so by letting go, you improve your ability to control your anger. We've all seen the person who blows up at the smallest incident. It is the accumulation of built up anger that is unreleased that causes this explosion.
Undergraduate engineering students of John Hopkins University customized a stroller for Karam Tarazi, a 6 year old boy who is suffering from a rare, progressive genetic disease that has damaged his nervous system. As a result, he lacks muscle control, can’t walk nor talk, and has some other physical challenges.
Procrastination, the habit of putting off until later what can be done today, even now, is a growing menace. Do you find yourself relegating tasks to the background just because you feel you are pressured, and waiting until later when there is even more pressure?
As a single Christian man, enlightenment came a little late to me in my bachelor days and at age 36 I was still single. When I found out that my kid brother, 6 years younger than me just had his first-born, life's harsh realities somehow got into my senses. I'm not getting any younger, and my old friends and contemporaries aren't with me any longer and are busy with their own lives. So, there's not much fun anymore. Time really flies so swiftly. It dawned on me that I really have to set my priorities right otherwise I might miss the boat.
Do what you want to do and be truly happy. Who cares what people think of you. It's no one's business what you choose to do. Make sure that what you do is as great as you believe it to be; no one has to agree or disagree with it. Just be committed to providing a contribution and your happiness is already fulfilled.
Infatuation deprives you of sound judgment. I knew that Dan was seeing my friend Amy, but it didn't stop me from wishing it was me he was dating instead of her. In fact, I felt angry with Amy for dating him. After all, she was supposed to be my friend.