Author: Christina Fox

How the Laments Speak to Our Fears

We had planned the trip for months. I looked forward to seeing God’s wonders on display in the majestic peaks of Northern California. I couldn’t wait to hear the sounds of rushing water and stand beside the towering ancient pines. After a long hike, we waited for our turn to stand at the rickety metal fence that was the only thing keeping us from falling thousands of feet to the Yosemite Valley below. As soon as I stepped up to the fence, my stomach grew nauseous. Then my head started spinning, and all I wanted to do was run...

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Cynicism and the God Who Makes All Things New

In our homeschool, I’ve been going through a cycle of World History with my children. We began with ancient civilizations and have moved slowly through the centuries each year. Most recently, we studied WWII. Each time I read an event in history, one of the kids inevitably mutters, “Another story of someone trying to conquer and take over the world.” They groan as they hear stories of dictators and rulers making promises because they know that in the end, they will rule with an iron fist—until the next dictator comes along. Cynicism Under the Sun Doesn’t life seem that...

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Do Not Fear in the Face of Change

When you first have children, you quickly learn the importance of establishing a routine and some structure in their lives. Meal times and nap times are sacred. It’s always three stories before bed, and Mr. Bear must lie next to the pillow, or life just isn’t right. Children thrive on a routine. And when things change, when anything changes, they are quick to let you know that they don’t like it. The same is often true for us, as adults. We don’t like change either. We like things to be familiar and predictable. We like to know what to...

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Learning to Lament: 4 Lessons From Psalms

We all know that feeling: That grip on our heart when we turn on the morning news to hear about a heartbreaking tragedy that has just taken place; or when we open our email and read about fellow believers losing their life for the sake of Christ; or when we see our culture dishonor God and his holy Word. In our fallen world, there is much for us to grieve. There are many things we hear and learn about on a daily basis that leaves us bewildered, confused, saddened, crushed and even downright terrified. What is a believer to...

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Praying the Redemptive Story

Scripture has instructed and formed my prayer life in a myriad of ways. I’ve learned from the Lord’s Prayer the glorious truth of what it means to pray “My Father” and “Thy Will be Done.” Paul’s prayers have taught me to look beyond immediate physical needs and desires and to the deeper spiritual needs of the heart. The Psalmist’s raw honesty has taught me to come to the throne of grace just as I am. A perhaps lesser known prayer I’ve learned from Scripture, yet just as important is praying through God’s story, the story of redemption. A Prayer...

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