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Is Self-Care compatible with Christian Death-to-Self?  This question is especially important in a culture where self-care is preached as the solution to every problem and depression is still at an all time high.  Are we just not doing enough “self-care”? Or could dying-to-self actually be the solution to life?

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:24-25

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Personal Growth, Prioritizing your life, When life is Hard

How to live Lifegiving “Death to Self”: Are you Doing it Wrong?

Death to self –

Unappealing? Definitely (At first glance). Macabre? Maybe it can seem so from the outset. Outdated? Since when does the bible go out of date?

Misunderstood? Absolutely!

Don’t let fear of “death” stop you from finding this hidden secret you’ve been looking for in your quest for happiness.

Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. – John 12:24

Spiritual Fitness, When life is Hard

How to Respond when God Wills Suffering

When God wills suffering?

How can a good God possibly allow suffering?

We pronounce the question with a flourish, smiling smugly on the inside thinking that we’ve finally found ourselves an excuse to doubt Him, or at the very least, justify our bitterness or our desire to run away.

What I realized yesterday is that maybe all along, we’ve been asking the wrong question.

Should God really have to explain Himself to us? Should we only deign to listen to Him only when we understand His plan?

Maybe it isn’t always about understanding why… maybe its about learning how to respond.

Personal Growth, Relationship with God

3 simple secrets to living a more Childlike Faith (relating to God as Father)

In many respects I am the last person who should ever be writing about this topic. God as Father? Childlike faith has almost always had an impossible and, if we are being perfectly honest, even slightly repulsive ring to it in my mind.

My whole childhood I LONGED to be a grownup. And now that I am one, I LOVE IT! I revel in it. Aging doesn’t phase me, it excites me!

The difficulties and obstacles that face me in adulthood have always been further ways to show “my strength“.  I pride myself on being able to do anything I put my mind to. I love that sense of “capable”ness, that the “grown-up” me has; a level of self-confidence I never experienced before.

But, believe it or not, this love of adulthood, is what set me on the path to appreciating what it means to have childlike faith.

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