"Prodigals are not limited in gender, race, age or color. They do have one thing in common: They have left home, and they are missed."
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Her journey began when God asked, "Do you trust Me?"
Sometimes, God seems distant. Sometimes He says no. Sometimes He says yes and exceeds in His provision of what we ask Him.
Among some of the male leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, where she is a member, she has also become a liability.
God sees the big picture. He is much less concerned with how long the journey takes and much more concerned about you continuing to walk forward with Him toward that end.
Do you throw in the towel every time you have a small failure on any diet or weight-loss program you try to undertake?
What's a Christian to do when others are offended by our faith in Jesus Christ?
"Everyone has ups and downs no matter what it is, but, if you have unwavering faith in God and then family, it makes life a whole lot more enjoyable."
The book of Ruth shares the dramatic story that contains all three.
Will you pass?
"My faith is just a part of who I am and what I do."
Many can recite facts about Jesus—much like many can recite facts about their favorite celebrities. However, knowing about someone does not equate to knowing them personally.
One small phrase from her pastor changed this woman's perspective.
"What He has in store for us may or may not be what you hope for or expect," Bowman says. "Regardless, His love and goodness are always present."
Some Christians say, or at least give the impression, that "good" believers don't ask such questions.
If you struggle with emotional extremes as David did, you're in good company.
Because of grace, no one needs to be hopeless, including our kids.
Sadly, no place is considered safe today, including churches, synagogues and other religious gathering places. And no one seems worthy of our trust.
"Those who suffer with you are going to be there to rejoice with you. They'll carry you to your miracle."
"Skin beauty is not enough for us anymore ... we're all tired of just this plastic, Barbie-doll kind idea of beauty."