The life of faith is meant to be a joyful existence. But too often joy feels like something that’s just beyond our grasp. We may get flashes of it, but life can feel like a struggle. It can feel mundane. It can even feel pretty bleak.But we know that joy is part of the fruit … Continue reading 5 Things That Steal Your Joy And How To Fight Them
As a teenager, I was well aware of all the things Christians are not supposed to do. I was told that I couldn’t listen to secular music, no sex before marriage, no immodest clothing, no parties, no cursing, and the list goes on and on. As I got older, it seemed like my faith was … Continue reading 3 Signs Your Faith Has No Freedom
Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts inventory and been relieved that generosity is not your primary spiritual gift? I know how you feel. But I greatly admire people who are generous. I want to be one when I grow up. I always imagine that the best version of my future self will be generous. … Continue reading How To Become A Generous Person
If you’ve ever been a part of a small group, you’re probably familiar with the part of the meeting that’s always set aside for prayer requests. The group goes around the circle, and everyone shares how everyone else in the group can be praying for them. If you have an administratively minded member of your … Continue reading 7 Prayers That Actually Matter
It’s never easy to admit you are going through a spiritual drought. At first glance, it would look like I could never have a day that is anything less than overflowing with spiritual fullness. My daily life is submerged in all things Jesus, from work, to school, to being a pastor’s wife, and everything in … Continue reading 3 Encouragements In The Midst Of Your Spiritual Drought
It was Christmastime, and that typically means at least one trip to the mall. Tamara and I were on our way to a family party, and we were picking up rice and beans from Miguel’s Junior--basically the most important component of any festive meal. But since it was the Christmas season, finding a parking spot … Continue reading Should We Stop Using This Popular Christian Saying?
Life isn’t always easy, and it definitely seems like some seasons are far more difficult than others. And the truth is that we can’t avoid the hurt and pain that comes with difficult circumstances. Maybe you're facing a difficult circumstance and you couldn’t have seen it coming. Or maybe you did see it coming, and … Continue reading How to Find Peace in the Midst of Difficult Circumstances
Things are beginning to change in the Chamberlain household. This coming August, we will get to welcome the newest edition to our family, already known as Baby C! Nothing could be more exciting. Or terrifying! In some moments, I feel excited. In others, completely terrified. And then there are the moments when I feel both … Continue reading 3 Lessons From My First 3 Months of Pregnancy
If there is one criticism that’s levied against Christians more than any other, it’s that we’re judgmental. That we’re morally superior and hypocritical. To be sure, part of this criticism is unfair. Oftentimes, the whole Church gets lumped in with the horrific stances of some fringe groups that could only loosely be identified as Christian. … Continue reading Are There Times When Christians Should Judge?
As a Christian, it’s easy to develop habits of spirituality and yet still miss what Jesus came to do. We fill our lives with a bunch of Christian things like church, Bible studies, small groups, and all the other church events. Yet, we aren’t any closer to Jesus. The difficult thing about it is that … Continue reading 4 Questions to Gauge Your Spiritual Health