This is a blog about stories—God's stories. After all, God is in the details, right? Yes, what an awful Christianese cliché. Yet there is truth in that statement, cliché or not. Because He is the creator of every person on Earth and has divinely connected each of us together, God is present even in the finer minutia of our days and weeks. Not a second passes without our Heavenly Father taking notice. If we watch very closely and listen, we will see and hear God's tools at work—even in the everyday.

While He is saving a soldier from flying shrapnel on a battlefield across the world, He is also whispering words into your ear for that friend sitting across the table from you. While He keeps a rickety airplane aloft so a missionary family can reach a remote village in Africa, He is also directing your heavy heart to the coffee shop where the barista will make you smile. His reach is infinite and His adoration for us is boundless. He will care for us and supply all our needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Catiana Nak Kheiyn is the webmaster and editor of 412teens.org and regularly teaches other young writers through tutoring and workshops. When Catiana is not writing or hanging out with teens, she loves spending time with her family—a mountain man, two adorable children, and three socially awkward cats.







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Is the peace of God real? Can it really change our hearts and take away our anxiety? Or are we doomed to waste our worry?

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God's Going to Be Okay  |  Nov 20, 2013
The Tinkerbell effect refers to things that only exist if you believe in them, like the orishas of the cult of Santeria. Fortunately, God is self-existent. He does not need us. So why did He make us? For love.

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Marriage is for Losers  |  Nov 7, 2013
One thing I have learned through all my failures and triumphs in love is this: in order to have a successful relationship, you must be ready to let go of your own needs.

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Sing your Battle Cry  |  Sep 26, 2013
The armor of God is the Holy Spirit's way to protect and defend us against spiritual warfare. One way we can join in His work--sing your battle cry.

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Good Luck...I mean, Go With God  |  Sep 18, 2013
Is it appropriate for Christians to say 'good luck'? Does it mean we aren't acknowledging God's sovereignty? Or does it just mean we wish someone well?

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Robots and Clay  |  Aug 21, 2013
Robots or jars? Wired or shaped? How did God make us, and can we change?

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Draw the Line  |  Aug 1, 2013
Salvation takes a moment. Living for Christ takes a lifetime. How do you draw the line?

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Sleight of Hand  |  Jul 19, 2013
Sometimes God lets us in on the plan. But sometimes He tells us what we need to hear to take the next step.

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Don't say you'll pray for me  |  Jun 21, 2013
Don't say you'll pray for me if you won't. Why not just pray now?

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When budgeting isn't your strong suit, managing money becomes next to impossible. But God's grace and provision can take the family budget into another realm: impossible math.

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Precious Seconds  |  May 30, 2013
We are called to love others, but how do we choose to spend our time? On truly valuable friendships or superficial relationships?

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Silver in the Scars  |  January 28, 2013
How quickly we forget how God blesses us through our wounds. How quickly we replace the beauty He's shown us with the ugly realities we wrap around ourselves because at least the pain is familiar and knowable. God's magic is something we're terrified to believe in; maybe because if it's real, it can be lost.

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Pinterest Pontification  |  January 2, 2013
While Pinterest is a handy, visually appealing way to keep track of information you want to access later, those who delve too deeply may find themselves coveting and missing out on what is right in front of them (Luke 12:15). We construct virtual houses around what we wish we could be—things we want, desire, or make us happy, but we can never become the people we create.

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Confessions of an AWANA Mom  |  December 14, 2012
The Enemy delights in tainting our efforts with various abominable adventures—like during AWANA nights for me. He is keen to carve at our patience during the most stressful times. Is perseverance even possible, and is it worth losing our sanity?

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Keeping it Real  |  December 4, 2012
Each parent must make their own personal decision about whether or not to allow their kids to believe in Santa Claus; they should do what they feel is right for their family. We've decided to keep it truly real, and this is why.

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Laughing in the Rain  |  November 21, 2012
Colossians 3:2 says to set our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. God is calling us to trust and follow Him, not to try to understand why life's rainstorms happen. So why do we keep worrying?

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No Power Over You  |  November 7, 2012
Sometimes we'll do anything to try and change a person, but only the Holy Spirit has the ability to truly change a heart (John 14:26). God has granted freedom for us to make our own choices—whether digging ourselves a metaphorical grave or climbing out of it. Who are we to think we can make anyone choose anything?

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Taking Back October 31  |  October 29, 2012
Is it possible to take October 31 back for God? Halloween is a day that celebrates darkness and encourages greed, but perhaps we can take the light of God's love and shine it into the shadows. This is how our family has taken on this night and exchanged darkness for the powerful light of Christ.

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Let Us Eat Cake  |  October 15, 2012
The Bible says that our strength comes from the Lord. "[He] is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped..." (Psalm 28:7) That's all well and good, but when God is in Heaven and we're here on Earth, how do we access His strength?

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Still Hope for Hope  |  October 10, 2012
In a society desperate to rebel, is there any chance that people could be attracted to the good God offers? The recent success of Christian artist tobyMac's album, Eye On It, is a startling sign that the secular world wants desperately to hope for something more.

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I Love You  |  October 1, 2012
When we feel joy, do we first turn within, to external things, or to God? There are so many other things in the world to delightfully distract. Rather than seeking external explanations for that warm, fuzzy feeling, practicing perspective may help us tune in to the reason we experience joy at all.

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The Shadow Proves the Sunshine  |  September 24, 2012
Is your heart of darkness too deep for God to reach? Believe it or not, God can use the murky walks of our lives to prove His glorious nature and power. Our wickedness is never too evil for Jesus to overcome and transform into light.

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Waiting on the Spiderweb  |  September 13, 2012
Sorrow is still sorrow, even if we know that God is bringing us something good. The hard part is not knowing what that good thing is, right? Or is there beauty in the waiting?

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