Enduring Trials When They Seem Beyond our Capacity

By Cynthia A There’s a common truism doled out whenever someone is going through a difficult time: “God never gives us more than we can handle.” I have in fact told it to myself, in times past, as a form of comfort. But recently, I’ve come to question the truth of the idea, or rather, to seek out a more nuanced interpretation of what trials mean in our lives. This is partly because people occasionally tell me I must be an extraordinary person whenever I’m going through something particularly ...
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How Can I Decide Without Knowing the Outcome?

By: Marci M When I was in 8th grade, I accidentally won a full scholarship to a private high school. It happened like this: my parents always told me that standardized test-taking is a skill in itself, so I should practice any chance I got. One day I learned that a small private high school in my hometown was offering a scholarship competition for anyone who wanted to spend two consecutive Saturdays taking standardized tests from 8 am – 5 pm. Gee, I wanted to find out if I could think that lo...
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Is God in Control of My Life?

By Chelsea B. A few months ago I was up against what I thought was the biggest decision in my life, probably because it was the most independent decision I had ever made. I was about to graduate from college, and my life would be “segmented” no more; I could shape “grown-up life” as I wanted. I really wanted to feel inspired with all the answers concerning all things future. But the impressions I did receive merely assured me that good things were coming. I felt that God wanted me to change m...
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How Can We Choose Love?

By Natalie Q. My favorite play of all time is Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama portrays the lives of Emily Webb and George Gibbs, neighbors and friends who live in the tight-knit and fictitious community of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. After years of growing up together, George and Emily finally acknowledge their mutual affection one afternoon during their junior year of high school. As they discuss their feelings for one another over strawberry ice-cream ...
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The Lord’s Victories

By Cami C. I find myself trying to make meaning of my life, to understand how the mundane aspects of my life have meaning, and to find the purpose for some of the challenges that I face. I remember the day I read this quote by Hartman Rector Jr.: “[The] ability to turn everything into something good appears to be a godly characteristic. Our Heavenly Father always seems able to do this. Everything, no matter how dire, becomes a victory to the Lord.” It reminds me of a favorite scripture ...
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