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To the Thirsty, Hurting and Needy Soul

To the Thirsty, Hurting and Needy Soul

At the beginning of this week I shared about my joyful, yet sorrowful Father’s Day. And by the end of the week, I’ve learned of the many sorrows of friends near and far. One dear family received news that could likely change the course of their lives forever. It’s been a tough week for many of you. Life is hard and although for some it may appear easy, we will all undoubtedly experience hardship and trials at some point. There are many thirsty, hurting and needy souls out there. So, where do we run? And whom do we run to? This morning I found myself in Psalm 63; an unlikely place to run to with sorrows, perhaps. But like David in the wilderness, when all seems lost, I want my soul to cling to the One who doesn’t grow faint or weary.

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When Every Holiday Reminds You of Loss

When Every Holiday Reminds You of Loss

I never know exactly when it’s going to hit me, but when it does, it seems to come on like daggers piercing my heart. The recent celebration of Father’s Day was a wonderful time of being grateful for and affirming my husband, the father to our two children and the love of my life. But with every picture shared on social media about my friends’ fathers, I was given a reminder that mine is gone. My father passed away when I was 19. He was my best friend. It’s been many years since his passing but it seems the sorrow, though at times not as strong, never fully goes away. Tragically, my father isn’t the only one my family has lost. I won’t go down the list, but I will say that almost every holiday is a reminder that someone is missing.

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Hope in the Fight Against Fear

Hope in the Fight Against Fear

Fear held a tight grip on my life. It wasn’t just segmented to one area for me — no, the lies and anxiety of fear spread to so many of my relationships and situations. Pause and think about how fear impacts you. What do you fear specifically, and why does that fear have such power in your life? My own struggle with fear is one of the reasons I wrote Fear and Faith. It’s not a book about a woman who has arrived, rather it’s about how I’ve learned to fight for faith. Fear is ultimately rooted in unbelief, that’s why we need faith. So, Fear and Faith is about God—it’s about his goodness, grace, sovereignty, love, wisdom, and protection. And the book is a reminder that there is One strong enough for all your fears.

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Politics aren’t Worth Your Friendships

Politics aren’t Worth Your Friendships

This election season has been one for the books. The results so far have taken many of us by surprise. It’s also brought out fear, anxiety, and a great deal of tension. I am certain that we will experience the effects of this election season for years to come. But what I wonder (and fear) is that our political responses, discussions, and beliefs might do damage to dear relationships. At the end of 2016, will we see carnage from the battle of political ideologies and differing opinions among brothers and sisters in Christ? Will those of us who were united in friendship become enemies as a result? Is it possible that we can disagree and still continue to love one another or is this where our paths diverge from each other?

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Let’s Pray Together

Let’s Pray Together

I remember when I became a Christian, the lady who shared the gospel with me told me that she had several friends praying that I would come to know the Lord. And the day I became a Christian, three friends gathered around me and joined me in praying to the Lord for the forgiveness of my sin. I remember meeting with my two girlfriends every other week for several years, sharing about the various trials we were experiencing, the joys of life, and praying each time. I have never been a part of church that didn’t include a small group, therefore I’ve been blessed by weekly or biweekly prayer times with other believers consistently over the past 15 years.

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About Trillia Newbell


Trillia Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity.

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