By Ashley Ladd 
Guest Contributor 

While taking my daughter to her endocrinologist appointment this morning, I cringed as the receptionist pointed to the elevator and said, “It’s on the 5th floor.” I hate elevators. Being on them makes me feel unstable and vulnerable.…

What Motivates You?

By Danielle Dammeyer
Guest Contributor  

In my personal quiet time, I have been reading through Philippians and have not felt so convicted of sin in quite a long time. Usually when people speak of Philippians, some common themes are joy, peace/anxiety, or the value of knowing Christ, just to name a few.…

How Do We Study Theology

By Aubrey Coleman 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Theology, simply put, is what we believe about God. It is the study of who He is and what it leads us to believe about Him. Tim Challies wrote about the importance of developing our theological understanding saying, “When we have great knowledge of God, we can think great thoughts of God.…

Living in Light of the Resurrection, Part One

By Stefanie Boyles 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Easter was a couple of weeks ago. Many of us intentionally leaned into the beauty and truth of the resurrection on Resurrection Sunday. We worshipped at the glorious truth that HE IS RISEN! But I’m wondering: how many of us are living in light of the resurrection today? Because the truth remains: He is risen indeed! The blessing we have on this side of the cross is that we get to live in light of this truth! 

But what does it even mean to “live in light of the resurrection”? It’s a phrase that can easily roll off our tongues.…

The Day Set Before Us

By Aubrey Coleman 
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Every day that we rise from our beds with breath in our lungs is another day the Lord has given us. Each day is filled with its own purposes that were prepared by God in advance for this time and place.…

Creating a Life of Meaningful Prayer

By Abbie Armstrong 
Guest Contributor 

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and five minutes later you can’t remember what in the world the conversation was about? If that has happened to you, and it has most definitely happened to me, then it is probably safe to say that the conversation was about nothing.…

Listening to God’s Voice

By Micah Maddox
Guest Contributor 

I tucked the Bible reading plan in the cover of my Bible and went on my way. I’ve done this many times always with the best intentions to complete the enormous goal of getting through the Bible in a certain amount of time. …

Faith in the Wilderness

By Liz Austin 
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 6 

Have you ever found yourself smack dab in the middle of a spiritual wilderness? A season when faith and everything else just seems really hard, to the point where you feel disillusioned, lost, and even scared? You wonder where God is and why He isn’t speaking to you.…

Checking Our Gardens

By Brandy Marsh 
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 4 

Spring is upon us and what better time than that of sunshine and new growth to take a step back and check our gardens. Not our real gardens. Personally, if you were to come to my house to check my garden, there would not be one. If there were one, there is a pretty good chance that nothing would be alive.  God did not give me a green thumb, and I’m okay with that.  I can take care of people — husband, kids, family, friends, co-workers — but for some reason watering a plant just does not come naturally for me.  So lucky for me, we are not checking our real gardens. Instead, we should be taking a look at the seed that was planted when we accepted Christ into our hearts. 

So picture this: you gave your life to Christ, God sent you the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit brought a seed to plant inside of you called the Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 tells usBut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control.” 

God gave us a list of nine fruits that would be produced in our lives, with help from the Holy Spirit, to reflect a life with Him. As you read the individual “fruits,” picture each one as a seed, or a sprout, or a blooming flower in your own garden. 

Love: Are you giving love to people whether they deserve it or not?