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How to Move from Epic Failure to Epic Success

By Ryan Hall I’ll never forget a pastor saying one Sunday that if you are going to be a big dreamer, you had better develop equally big resilience. Those words really resonated with me because I’d always been a big dreamer, but I hadn’t considered the cost that would come with it. In my running […]

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Finding Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Suffering

By Christina Meredith Suffering is an unavoidable part of the human experience. If someone tells you that all you have to do is a, b, and c and no harm will ever come to you, you’re being sold a bill of goods. Demand your money back and run away as fast as you can. Each […]

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Excellence Indeed Wins, But There’s Much More to Life

By Horst Schulze Editor’s Note: Horst Schulze, chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, is a legend and leader in the service world. His vision has helped reshape concepts of customer service throughout the hospitality and service industries. In this excerpt from his new book Excellence Wins, Horst shares how he discovered what matters most […]

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When Grief Forced Me to Start a Whole New Life from Scratch

By Lisa Leonard The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; — Psalm 34:17—19 Extreme, soul-breaking grief […]

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When Truth Invades Your Brokenness

By Sandi Patty I pretended that I was good. Marriage was good. Life was good. Being a mom of young children was good. My career was good. I worked hard to make it look like I had it all together. I would sing from emotional depths, then leave the stage, go to my dressing room, […]

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Gaining a Heavenly Perspective on Life’s Trials

By Joni Eareckson Tada “File this, Francie, and make copies of this letter, would you,” I said to my secretary without looking up from my desk. “And, oh yes,” I sighed, “would you please pull out the sofa bed one more time?” “Are you serious? Again?” “Again.” With that, my face flushed and my eyes […]

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When You Want to Trust but Life Won’t Let You

By Craig Groeschel “I want to believe God cares about me; I really do,” she told me, wiping tears from under her darkened, bloodshot eyes. Under the harsh fluorescent lights of the hospital corridor, Marci barely resembled the vibrant girl I remembered, that kid I’d watched grow up in our youth group at church. When […]

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The Only Way to Deal with Your Pain and Mistakes

By Johnny Baker I’m going to be honest, this is the hard part. Lots of people say recovery is hard, and usually this is the part they are referring to. Dealing with the past is hard. It isn’t a lot of fun, and if it’s your first time, it can feel pointless. But it is […]

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“Pain Is One of Those Things I Don’t Like Much”

By Lisa Gungor Editor’s Note: This post, taken from Lisa Gungor’s new book The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen, touches on the moments after she, her family, and her close friends discover that her newborn daughter Lucie (Lucette) has Down syndrome. Lisa wrote a song about Lucie titled “Light,” which is what Lucette means. Click […]

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Small Steps Out of the Darkness

By Hannah Brencher Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —Psalm 23:4 I wish I could tell you there is this one sudden moment when God swoops in like a superhero and makes all the pain […]

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