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The Path Through Disappointment and Disillusionment to Renewed Hope

By Christine Caine God had placed the desire to be married inside Amanda at a young age, and she had the expectation she would be. So, year after year, she had trusted God. Yet, year after year, she remained single. Eventually, it became hard to reconcile her desires with God’s timing. Ultimately, that was the […]

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

by Touré Roberts My father was a strict disciplinarian, and I dreaded weekend visits with him, sometimes to the point of tears. He was hard on me, and I was afraid of him. It was in stark contrast to the love, nurture, and affirmation I experienced with my mom. I lived in fear of making […]

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Do I Have a Right to Die?

By Joni Eareckson Tada No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main . . . Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. ~JOHN […]

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Grieving as the World Rejoices

By Kristen Kill The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV) I’d stopped driving once we arrived in Manhattan, but I often imagined what it was like to be a cab driver behind the wheel among so much honking and chaos. When I was a […]

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Confidence in Difficulty: Mercy to Carry My Cross

By Julia Attaway “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” —Luke 9:23 (NIV) Our daughter Maggie was being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It wasn’t a surprise. Her mood hadn’t budged past “I’d rather not be alive” for months, and now she was flying […]

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The Night the Devil Visited My Duplex

By Carlos Whittaker When I was 21, I was in one of the darkest seasons of my life. I was in my fifth year at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and I was a mess. I was a lost soul looking for any sort of validation. But I wasn’t necessarily looking to fix myself. I […]

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Pushing Through My Season of Suffering

By Andrea Logan White Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. JOHN 19:30 I began to write Perfectly Unfinished while thrown into a season of suffering unlike any I had ever faced. David and I had unexpectedly lost two very precious loved ones within just a […]

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Walking with God Through Bankruptcy to Restoration

By Erin Odom I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten. JOEL 2:25 (ESV) The attorney’s office was smack in the middle of the small town that housed my childhood church, the town where I had hidden in shame while applying for food stamps. Will and I dropped the girls […]

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The Best of “Encouragement for Today,” 2011

We asked Lisa TerKeurst and the writing team at Proverbs 31 to identify their favorite “Encouragement for Today” devotionals from 2011.

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The Best of “Girlfriends in God,” 2011

Every weekday, tens of thousands of Bible Gateway’s users read the “Girlfriends in God” newsletter. Here are our picks for the top three Girlfriends in God devotionals in 2011.

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