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20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Know How to Do

First things first, most twentysomethings are too hard on themselves. It’s one of the downsides…

Rebekah Lyons: Finding Your Calling is About Learning Obedience

The idea of having a specific “calling” in life tends to be kind of a…

4 Ways to Help a Hurting Friend

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in 2019. A couple of years ago my life…

7 Ways Christians Should Deal With Stress and Anxiety

I’ve always considered myself to be a person who handles stress pretty well. I like…

3 Challenges You Should Expect by 30

There’s one thing you’ve probably figured out by now: life can be hard. You might…

7 Signs You’re Way Too Busy

Have you noticed “busy” has become the new “fine”? When someone asks you how you…

The One Thing No One Tells You About Getting Married

If you’ve been to a wedding, you’ve experienced the beauty of witnessing two souls binding…

6 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

The alarm sounds. You slowly roll over to hit the snooze, and out of instinct,…

Why Marriage Shouldn’t End Your Dating Life

Dating—in person, online or blind—is prized in our culture, and most of us think of…

How the Church Makes People Terrified of Sex

There’s a shirt my youth pastor used to wear that said, “I practice safe sex.…

5 Ways to Be Generous Even If You’re Broke

God calls us to be generous. But what if you’re broke, barely making it through…

8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Single Friends

“It’s OK, your Prince Charming is out there!” I was told recently. Frozen smile on…

5 Things You Need to Know Before Having Your First Kid

Growing up in the church, I listened to numerous teachings each Sunday. From sin to…

The Most Important Virtue People Forget

Whenever my father prayed, he prayed out loud. As a boy, I would stand outside…

9 Questions to Ask When Your Relationship Starts Getting Serious

Is this “The ONE?” When I was dating I remember constantly being smothered with that…

Marriage Isn’t About Your Happiness

Did you ever think someone could show you love through a bologna sandwich? I didn’t…

7 Truths About Marriage You Won’t Hear in Church

Ever wish you had the answers to a test before you walked into the classroom?…

What to Do When You Stop Liking Your Church

It’s amazing how heated the preference battles in the church get. Everybody wants church to…

How to Go on an Actual Date

Ask 20 people what a “date” means or looks like and you will get 20…

Everything My Church Taught Me About Sex and Marriage Is Wrong

As a sixth grader, I went to a big Christian summer camp where the speaker…

Where We Go Wrong With New Year’s Resolutions

Whether or not you make resolutions this time of year, you can probably see the…

6 Signs Your Relationship Shouldn’t Last

Often when I’m counseling a person who has just experienced a break-up, I ask them…

Your Spouse Isn’t Your ‘Significant Other’

Find out how you can get on the same page with your spouse. Take this…

25 Easy Ways to Have The Best Christmas Day Ever

Rejoice, it’s finally Christmas! And that means parties and Santa and a possibly fatal dose…

7 Advent Practices That Will Make Your December Better

Can I make a confession? When December rolls around I feel more than a twinge…

Here’s How to Find True Love

“I do.” These are the words many single young adults dream of saying. I remember…

How to Recover When You’re Over Adulting

We live in a culture where being exhausted, overextended and overbooked are the norms. We…

It’s Time to Stop Complaining About #Adulting

Many of us in the Western world have every opportunity available to us known to…

Why Churches Need to Talk About Suicide

Editor’s note: This interview first ran in 2015. Almost 10 years ago, Jamie Tworkowski launched…

Is the First Year of Marriage Really the Hardest?

You hear it all the time. From marriage experts to married couples to people who…

Debt, It’s Not All Bad

One of the secrets to achieving financial freedom is learning to manage debt wisely. It…

4 Steps to Overcoming Porn Addiction

It wasn’t long ago if someone said “stay away from drugs,” we would immediately think…

Christians Need to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

A friend asked me a challenging question. I looked down as she waited on my…

15 Things to Start Doing By the Time You’re 30

First off, nothing magical happens when you turn 30. That sounds dumb, but it’s worth…

5 Habits That Sabotage Joy

I’m not sure if it was the scowl on her face or the glare in…

When Is it OK to End a Friendship?

Howdy! As a Christian, when is it appropriate to end a friendship? Aren’t we supposed…

5 Keys to a Happy New Year

At this point in your life, you’re probably aware of many of your weaknesses and…

How Do I Deal With My Dysfunctional Family During the Holidays?

I have a knot in my stomach and I’m hoping you can help. As you…

You Can Share Your Faith With Your Family Without Making It Weird

So you’ve made it past the pitfalls of a political discussion over the Thanksgiving table…

How to Have Child-like Faith in a World of ‘Adulting’

Do you recall as a child in church hearing sermons about becoming mature in your…