Originally published Wednesday, 31 December 2014.
Here are the ten most read articles and blog posts from this year. What resonated most with you? Anything you loved that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments section!
10. A Prayer for When You’re Feeling Weak – Christina Fox
“I don't like to feel inadequate or incapable. I don't like being dependent on others. I don't like not knowing what's going to happen. I don't like feeling helpless in the face of a trial. I don't like feeling spent and overwhelmed. I don't like it when I am physically weak, emotionally weak, mentally weak, or spiritually weak.
Did I mention that I don't like being weak?
But ironically, God's word looks at my weakness differently. It's part of the prerequisite for coming to Christ.”
9. I’m Breaking Up With My Past: 11 Verses for Living Free – Debbie McDaniel
“God’s label over you is lasting. It sticks. It's permanent. It doesn't wash off if you blow it again. It doesn't fade over time if you're not consistent. It breathes new hope, gives another chance, believes for the best, and offers a fresh start. Again. And again. Over and over.
Still not sure? Here are 11 verses for living free, straight from God’s Word.”
8. 5 Ways to Support Your Husband – Cara Joyner
If you had asked me to write this list in my first year of marriage, it probably would have looked like the following: (1) keep a date night, (2) write notes to tell him you love him, (3) surprise him often, (4) don’t go to bed angry, (5) never be afraid to wear something fun that only he will see. While I would still recommend each of these, I have learned that often, supporting and loving each other well involves more complex depths of sacrifice.
7. 10 Things Every Teenage Girl Needs to Know – Debra Fileta
“Let’s not beat around the bush– the teenage years are straight up difficult. It’s hard to navigate the right and wrongs, to think ahead, and to know what’s good for you. It’s hard to feel beautiful, valuable, and strong when you’re constantly comparing yourself to the world around you.
There are so many things I know now, that I wish I could have known then. Here are 10 things I wish every teenage girl could hear.”
6. When God is Silent – Jennifer Maggio
“It was dark. The silence was deafening. Nothingness. It was my eighth consecutive night of virtually no sleep. I was surrounded with only my thoughts. I had cried so much that there were no tears left. The mourning was still in my heart, but the tears wouldn’t flow. God, where are you? Do you hear me? Do you even care?
I would love to tell you that that night was long ago, when I wasn’t saved, didn’t pray regularly or read my Bible. It wasn’t. Truth is, I’ve had many days or nights like that one.”
5. 3 Ways to Know If an “Open Door” is from God – Cindi McMenamin
“In a recent conversation with a friend we talked about the faith and courage to walk through a door that God is holding open for us, even if we're not exactly sure of what's on the other side. But then the question came up: How can you tell if God is the one opening the door?”
4. 5 Words Every Woman Needs to Stop Saying Right Now – Brett Wilson
What makes us so cautious about judgement from others? What is the drive that makes many of us so insecure that we are constantly fraught with the inevitable idea that someone may think wrongly of us by what we eat, how clean our homes are or how many Venti coffees we need to get through our day?
3. Why Have I Been Single for So Long? – Jennifer Maggio
“We all ebb and flow through our walk with Christ. There are times when we are completely content in Him, growing and thriving in His word, daily pursuing His truth. And then…there are the other times – the times when we aren’t certain He hears our cries, we struggle to find joy in our season, and question why this thing or that is happening to us. Singles are no different. There are times through the journey when single Christians struggle with why they haven’t found the one yet. They worry they never will and wonder why the daily struggles of paying bills and loneliness keep creeping in. Other times, singles are fully content in their season.”
2. To the Man Who Won’t Sleep with Me – Brett Wilson
“It wasn't a big deal. It was just sleeping beside someone.
Until I met you.
We've been dating for a year now. And still, it happens the same way every night we hang out.
There's no pillow in my name. There's no space reserved for me while you sleep.”
1. 9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids - Felicia Alvarez
“The bad guy’s not just at the bus stop anymore. He has entrance right into your kid’s bedroom and hand-held cellphone device.” Sexual predators can target your children even when your child is in the room down the hall. And sexual predators aren’t the only problem. Cyber-bullying and exposures to sexually inappropriate content are additional concerns”.