How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

How Well Is Your Marriage Surviving The Pressure?

by Carey Nieuwhof How’s your marriage? Really? I’ve been fortunate to be married to my wife Toni for over 22 years. And we’re experiencing more joy and satisfaction in our marriage than we’ve ever had. But we almost didn’t make it. There’s a lot of pressure on marriages and families today. We’ve felt it. Intensely. Life and leadership put a lot of strain on a marriage. Add kids and jobs into the mix and the pressure sometimes can get ultra intense. I wish I could say I have an ideal marriage,... Read More
Wonderstruck: An Invitation

Wonderstruck: An Invitation

by Margaret Feinberg The announcement of a promotion for my husband, Leif, had required a move, and we had spent every waking hour boxing up all we owned and saying goodbye to loved ones. We weren’t moving far: ninety-two miles to be exact. But in southeast Alaska, where the only way to travel between islands is by air, boat, or a long frigid swim, miles multiply in people’s hearts. Rumors circulated of the inefficiency and unreliability of the ferry system connecting the regional ports, but... Read More
There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

There Will Be Giants—Keep Going!

by Leslie Galema I invite you back in time to a just a few years ago when I was peaking in the coward department. I was a nervous wreck! I was afraid that I had missed my calling, that I had misunderstood God and that there was no room for someone like me in ministry. That was fear. Fear is a dirty rotten, no good scoundrel. Fear whispers in our ears, “Who do you think YOU are to speak with any authority on God’s Word?” Fear was right! Who was I? I spent most days laying on my couch feeling... Read More
Sticky Faith For Families With Children With Special Needs

Sticky Faith For Families With Children With Special Needs

by Katie Garvert At the end of the day, will we really make a difference in the lives of our special needs families and students? I worked for nine years as the leader of a special needs ministry where we grew our ministry from serving seven families to serving over 100 families. Yes, we had many success and heartwarming stories. Yes, we had severe learning curves and humble moments. Yes, we made mistakes and yes, we saw God change lives. However, this question is what kept me up many nights... Read More
How Do You Know When It’s Time To Leave?

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Leave?

by Carey Nieuwhof Leaders, by definition, deal with change on a constant basis. They react to change, they lead others through change, and they engineer change, all with the intent of bringing about a better future. In short, leaders have to be hardy because leading change takes perseverance and patience. But what if God is calling you on to something else before the change has been carried out? (After all, some are called to sow, some to cultivate, and others to reap.) How do you know when... Read More