Category: Dealing with Hardships

Delayed or Right on Time?

Have you ever had a situation in your life where no matter how much you prayed, no matter how many goals you made, no matter what actions you took, your situation just wouldn't change for the better?  Like all your attempts were being throttled, leaving you feeling like you were constantly swimming against a tide ...

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When Nothing Falls Into Place

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsYou know what I mean when I talk about those people who seem to have everything together: they know exactly who they are, exactly where they're headed, and are miraculously able to balance every part of their lives -- from work, to school, to spiritual growth, to relationships, to personal health, ...

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Put Your Crown Back On

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs First of all, I'd like to apologize for not blogging as often as I used to. It's been crazy these past few months, having had a ton of essays to write for school (#universitylife eh?). But apart from that, I have to be honest with you: I've been finding it difficult ...

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(Im)Perfect Christians

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs In some ways, I think the reality of our Christian faith is broken down by false notions of what it means to be a “perfect Christian.” Sometimes we have this idea that ‘perfection’ is the prerequisite to belonging in the Church, that anything else would make us unworthy. And maybe we ...

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Some Battles Must Be Fought More Than Once

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Have you ever looked back at your life and realized that despite how much you'd grown, some things still needed repair? That although you'd changed over the years, there were still some things you never stopped struggling with, fears you'd never gotten over? Have you ever realized that problems you experienced ...

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When God Doesn’t Answer

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsWe've always been taught to pray, to include God in everything--from the smallest decisions to the largest ones. We're told to cling to God when things don't make sense, to rely on Him for answers. But what do we when God remains SILENT?The Bible says: "Ask and it will be given ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 2): SACRIFICES

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It would be great if we could have everything we wanted, if we could pick and choose what we got out of life, weeding out the bad stuff and keeping the best of everything. But life isn't like that. We can't have everything, and life often entails sacrificing one thing ...

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CHANGE? Grow Where You Are Planted

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  You know the popular saying: "When one door closes, another one opens." Yes, that can be true. But sometimes reality feels more like: "When one door slams shut in your face, you are then shoved or forced through another one ...whether you like it or not." That's the funny thing about ...

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LIFE’S MIRACLES: From Water into Wine

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsLast weekend I took part in a conference for my church youth group called CFC-Youth. The theme was centered around the Wedding at Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine as his first miracle. We were taught to recognize the ways in which Jesus had metaphorically turned our water into wine -- ...

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Dealing with Life’s Unpredictable DETOURS

Follow this blog on Twitter @reltalkblogs"If you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention." - Conan O'BrienWe always strive for direction. We want life to progress in a linear fashion, to get exactly what we want when we want it. We make goals for ourselves and ...