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Ruth Clemence

Ruth Clemence is a wife, mom, writer and award-winning blogger based in Cardiff, Wales. Read more at: ruthclemence.com and follow her on Twitter: @ruth_the_writer.

Is God Really Enough?

Everything we need can be found in God. It seems like a cliché, but the truth of this statement is life-giving, thirst-quenching, and soul-satisfying. All of the longings of the heart can be brought to God and found in Him.


Is God Still Good in Times of Personal Suffering?

What we think about God matters. If we believe that He is capable of stopping evil, but allows it, then why? What is the reason? Ultimately, God does not have to give us the reason. However He does something far greater. He gives us Himself. 


Why Is Jesus Our Good Shepherd?

Without Jesus, we are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Without God’s initiation, we are lost, dead in sin, and alienated from Him completely. Isaiah 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.” But there is hope in the same verse: “and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” We may have gone astray, but all of our sin has been laid on Jesus at the cross.


Is Our Life Impacted by Luck?

Believers have the amazing privilege to go directly to the throne of God through Jesus, and ask Him for wisdom and direction. We do not need to cross our fingers and hope for the best, whilst avoiding walking under ladders and treating black cats with suspicion.


6 Ways to Store Up Treasures in Heaven

In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus says “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Treasure is linked to the heart. What does our heart long for? Does it treasure the things of this world like money, fame, possessions, security, success, power and influence? Or is our heart longing for Jesus to be the greatest treasure in our life, both now and for eternity?

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Put on the New Self for the New Year

It's that time of year when many of us are making resolutions, hoping to become a new and better person come January. But what does the Bible teach about the new self, and what are some tips for becoming a "new you," biblically speaking? 


6 Comforting Truths in Knowing God Sees Us

Longing to be noticed, affirmed and loved is something that many of us may relate to throughout our lives. Whether we desperately want attention from a parent, to be accepted by our peers or to be loved in our relationships with others, we seek to be known and seen for who we are.

The real longing of our heart can only be fully met and satisfied in knowing Jesus and resting in the truth that we are known by Him. He sees us and understands us and the circumstances in life that we find ourselves in more than we do.

Below are two stories of women in the Bible which illustrate this, followed by six comforting truths about knowing that God sees us today.

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7 Biblical Tips for Cultivating True Friendships

“Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’” - C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves 

It is wonderful to find a companion who shares something in common with us which then builds into a genuine friendship. However, there are times when making and sustaining lasting friendships does not come easy.

For adults, life can get busy with balancing various responsibilities at work, home, family life and other activities. Finding time to cultivate friendships can be challenging and there will always be those that we struggle to connect with. Forging true friendships takes time and commitment. Are we making it a priority? Are there things that we can do to start and continue a friendship?

God’s truth found in the Bible can help us in times when finding, making and maintaining friendships can be tough.

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8 Steps to Take When Reading the Bible Feels Boring

The pages of the Bible are filled with people like us who were far from perfect, living in an imperfect world. We can read of wars, scandals, violence, murder, imprisonments, as well as miracles, wisdom, history, prophecy, resurrection and more.

Many stories show individuals who appeared weak or worthless in the eyes of the world, but they triumphed because they placed their hope and trust in God. More importantly, the whole Bible is God’s spoken Word to us which reveals who He is, who we are in relation to Him and His redemptive plan for the broken world in which we live. Yet so many of us are disengaged with the Bible, opting for other things to fill our time and lacking the motivation to read it. Some would go as far to say it’s boring. 

According to the 2019 State of the Bible report from Barna, more than one-third of adults (35%) report never using the Bible. In contrast, half of monthly Bible users (49%) agree that their engagement with the Bible has made them more willing to engage with their faith, 61% express they always experience a greater awareness of their need for God and 50% desire to know God more. Bible engagement also positively affects their relationships with others and one in three give more of their time, energy and finances. Imagine what these statistics could look like if we engaged with the Bible on a regular basis, not just a handful of times a year or not at all. 

For those who are struggling with seeing the Bible as a boring book, here are eight suggestions that may help to overcome that and increase engagement with it.

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How Can We Live a Holy Life Today?

Is holiness an impossible command to try and emulate in our life? Do we know what a holy life looks like? To be holy is crucial to living the Christian life, and without holiness, no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). When there is loss of understanding of the holiness of God, it will result in unholiness within the church. We need to know who God really is and who we are in relation to Him.


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