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An Abrupt Turn

An Abrupt Turn

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” a powerful prayer attributed to Saint Patrick of Ireland, begins in this way: I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.1 “I arise today through a mighty strength.” Oh, wouldn’t that be nice

Get Your Gifts for Mom! (…and Yourself)

Editor’s note: Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t know about your mama, but mine is challenging to buy for! She doesn’t want anything fancy, or expensive. She doesn’t want a massage, she doesn’t need much, and she’s completely content with a painted-glitter-macaroni necklace from the kids. She’s been given gobs of

A Joyful Christmas

I love Christmastime. I love the way everything, from trees to parking lots, gets dressed up in shimmery lights, bows, and evergreens. I love the kindness of strangers that seems to snowball this time of the year. I love the holiness of Christmas carols heard from church choirs, church pews, and grocery store loudspeakers. Then

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy — That’s a Wrap!

Hey, OBS friends, it’s wrap-up week! Now is the time to catch up, go through your study guides again and fill in any holes, rewatch videos, and pray about possibly leading an Unwavering OBS with friends this next season! (You can do it!) Joy is available no matter what our circumstances. ~ Stasi This study

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Week 6 — The Ultimate Victory

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? — 1 Corinthians 15:55 We can bear a sadness that enriches the tapestry of our lives woven with its imperfections of beauty. ~ Stasi Welcome to our final week of the Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Online Bible Study! It’s all about love.

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Week 5 — Cultivating Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. — Philippians 4:4 Hard times come and in order to have joy you must be willing to be present to them and to feel the sorrow. Your capacity to feel the one is actually connected to your capacity to experience the other. The two are

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Week 3 — Greener Grass

… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. — Isaiah 61:3 God calls us to make divine exchanges: from mourning to dancing, from addiction to freedom, from death to life. ~ Stasi Can

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Week 2 — Godly Interference

Why are You interfering with me, Jesus? — Luke 8:28 Jesus stands in our way because He is the Way. ~ Stasi Eldredge Welcome to week two of the Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Online Bible Study! We would love to hear about your experience with week one! Come share with us in our private

Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Week 1 — A Reason to Celebrate

Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. — Psalm 30:5 Because of Jesus, because of all that He has done and won for us, we can be unwaveringly, defiantly joyful. ~ Stasi Eldredge Welcome to the Unwavering: Living with Defiant Joy Online Bible Study with our teacher and friend, Stasi

Unwavering: A Reason to Celebrate

INTRODUCTION Group leader reads aloud these opening words from Stasi: I love to celebrate. I love birthday parties and baby showers, holidays and homecomings. But I especially love Christmas. Except when I don’t. At the beginning of too many holiday seasons, I can become overwhelmed by what is “required” of me. That is, I did,