1 Girl Nation – “While We’re Young” (Devotional)

You only live once…or as our culture has abbreviated it, “YOLO.” You hear this phrase everywhere. It’s true and rather obvious. You really only do live once. One shot. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’re only given (on average) about 78 years to live. In the grand scheme of things, that’s just a dot on the vast timeline of creation. In fact, James 4:14 reminds us that our lives are but a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes. Not exactly the most encouraging reminder, but a healthy one.

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Tenth Avenue North – “You Do All Things Well” (Devotional)

It was five or six years ago when I got the call from a friend. “Your roommate Travis has malaria. The doctors don’t think he’s gonna make it.” Time slows. Your head goes foggy. You repeat the line in your head. “They don’t think he’s going to make it.” Travis had just gotten back from a four-month trip to Africa with three of my roommates; though I hesitate to call them roommates. At the time, I lived in a house with four other guys that were less like friends and more like brothers. To imagine one of them dyingΓǪwell, it just wasn’t possible. A group of us quickly gathered in the waiting room at the hospital and began to pray. We prayed and prayed and ached and ached. We shouted, begged, pleaded, and we sat silent and the moment came.

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