Posts tagged with: Challenge

Overcoming Shame

Shame. The word itself causes a physical reaction. The cringing feeling of discomfort. The instant pain of embarrassment.  The, “Oh no! Don’t get too close!”, feeling. It is a silent enemy because there is no clear ability to tell who is struggling with shame from the outside. It is the internal battle between who we […]

Posted: February 14, 2018 By: Leesha Stoner
Embracing Silence

“In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.”  — C. S. Lewis If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time with God as much as I think I should. If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time […]

Christians Struggle with Depression Too

I have wrestled with depression for nearly twenty years. It has been a part of my life since I was a boy, and, as far as I can tell, it shall be with me in the years to come. I have passed through many different seasons and trials; suffering through panic attacks, which then progressed […]

Posted: January 31, 2018 By: Jason Sheneman
Are Your Friends Good for You?

I read something on social media the other day and it said, “Surround yourself with people who make you happy.” Although I can appreciate the sentiment and heart of the statement, I actually found myself slightly grieved. When did we become a culture that lives to make ourselves happy? Maybe this is always the way it has been. […]

Posted: January 24, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Making Your Reading Count When You Don’t Read Enough

I was recently asked the following question by a former DTS Equip student of mine (DTS Equip is a leadership development school/seminar that is offered at a variety of YWAM locations): “When you finish reading a book, what questions do you ask yourself? Or, what’s a way that you reflect on what you read to help […]

You’re an Extra

No one is going to remember you when you die. This isn’t just an opinion of mine, it’s a statement backed up by statistics. According to Ancestry.com, half of Americans know the name of only one or neither of their great-grandparents. 22% of Americans don’t even know what their grandfathers do or did for a […]

Posted: January 10, 2018 By: Greg Burgers
Look Up

A spoken word by Mandie Messerschmidt I’m Drowning. Where am I? I look around and I am drowning in a pool of fear and doubt. I look to my left and I see the dollar signs that are so closely following me. I panic. How did they find me even here? Trying to find relief… […]

Posted: December 11, 2017 By: Mandie Messerschmidt
Jesus Didn’t Need the Approval of Others: 3 Ways to Avoid the ‘Approval Trap’

Jesus lived for the approval of one person only — the Father.  Throughout the Bible we see Him breaking down religious expectations and righteously breaking the rules of society while still fulfilling the law. He clearly demonstrated that gaining the approval of man was not His objective. Salvation Over Reputation  Jesus was much less concerned […]

Posted: October 25, 2017 By: Hannah Rivera
Daring To Be Obedient

My journey to becoming a missionary with YWAM began in September 2013. For several years before coming to YWAM Montana I had been actively involved in different youth ministries. Between leading the youth group at my church, discipling students at a Christian high school and coordinating outreach opportunities at a province wide youth conference — I […]

Posted: October 18, 2017 By: Erika Haveman
To Be Known

“I always thought it was what I wanted to be loved and admired…. now I think I’d like to be known.” — The Nightingale The idea of being truly known is something I’ve been pondering for a couple weeks now. My thoughts have been prompted by a reflection on our generation and the roadblocks to […]