Why Breast Cancer Patients Hate October

A young mom coos at her six-month-old child as she reaches to rub noses with her baby girl. The child releases a gleeful sound of delight. The love between the two wafts across the room. I inhale deeply. Then remember where I am.

This isn’t just any room.

This is the breast cancer waiting room.

This woman is fighting for her life. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce to my friend, Michelle. Michelle DeRusha lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and their two boys. She is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.You can connect with her on her blog and on Facebook and Twitter.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

What You Need to Know about Your Work

By Michelle DeRusha

Madeleine L’Engle quit writing on her fortieth birthday.

That was the day her manuscript for A Wrinkle in Time was rejected yet again. Declaring the rejection “an obvious sign from heaven,” L’Engle shrouded her typewriter with a sheet and then promptly burst into tears.

The trouble was, while she paced back and forth in her study weeping and bemoaning the loss of her profession, L’Engle found herself busily working out a new novel in her head. When she realized she was essentially still writing, L’Engle made a decision that would change the course of her life. Continue Reading...

3 Ways to Celebrate Yom Kippur as a Christ Follower

Just as Christmas and Easter are the most popular Christian holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Each year, Israeli airports, buses, television, and radios are shut down in honor of Yom Kippur as people all over the world celebrate the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.

Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur mark the High Holy Days or Days of Awe:

10 days where Jews forgive others, give to those in need, and confess sins in order to secure their names in the Book of Life for another year.

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This One Decision Will Set You Free

Sometimes I’m tempted to hold back my toughest questions from God.

You too? Oh, phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

I convince myself that if I don’t say things aloud then maybe they won’t be true or maybe they’ll go away. Or I tell myself that if I really told God what I truly thought, what I was really wrestling with, somehow God couldn’t take it.

But none of these beliefs are true or healthy. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Megan. Megan Clinton Allison graduated from Liberty University and is currently attending Physician Assistant School at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. As part of the Extraordinary Women team, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know and love the Clintons—including sweet Megan and her hubby, Ben.

She has a passion to see young women find their identity in Christ, be set free, and live God’s dream for their lives. Megan married to the love of her life and high-school sweetheart, Ben last winter. They have a teacup Yorkie named Bella.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

Why You Should Celebrate Teenage Rebellion

By Megan Clinton Allison

God made a woman.

These words, taken from Genesis 2:22, are the heart of our identity. If God wanted to, He could have made another man, but no—He chose to make woman. And my goodness, was she very different from man!

Just ask Adam. One look at her feminine beauty, and he said, “Whoa . . . man!” Continue Reading...