Editor's note: Every month here at Crosswalk we post hundreds of articles and blogs relating to various aspects of family life, spiritual life, church life, and more! Here are the top 10 articles from July 2012.

strong woman10. what forgiveness is not
By Laura Petherbridge

Summary: Is forgiveness a feeling? Does forgiving someone mean renewed trust? Relieving the offender of responsibility? This article says no, and provides peace and comfort for Christians struggling to reconcile and forgive. This piece struck a chord of relief with our readers as they sought solace amidst difficult decisions.

Key Quote: "Christ paid too much for his Beloved ones to have them a slave to anything, much less hatred. He wants his children free. And a person is never free when weighed down with the ball and chain of bitterness. When the cold shackles of revenge are tightly clasped around our wrists, it’s impossible to lift our hands in praise to Him." 

From the Comments: "Thank you for this breath of fresh air for all of us who have forgiven others of the hurt but continue to question the forgiveness we extended."

broken heart9. how to heal from a broken heart
By Whitney Hopler

Summary: This article summarizes the practical applications of Louis Paul Priolo's book, picking up the pieces: recovering from broken relationships. It encourages readers to strive for a positive thought life, return their focus to God, and shows other concrete ways to heal from a difficult break-up. 

Key Quote: "Derive your sense of security from your relationship with God. You never need to feel insecure because you don’t currently have a romantic partner, or because you’ve gone through a breakup that’s made you feel rejected. Keep in mind that your security is truly based in your relationship with God, who loves you completely and unconditionally."

From the Comments: "I really love this."

b&wwoman8. what to do when 'for worse' means mental trauma
By Stanley J. Ward

Summary: Stan Ward bravely tells the heartbreaking story of his wife Mindy's battle with physical and mental trauma after a car accident. In a culture where divorce is promoted as a normal option for struggling couples, Crosswalk readers were drawn to Ward's persistence in staying by his wife's side when divorce seemed easier. Read this article and ponder the old marriage vows "Til Death Do Us Part" in a new way.

Key Quote: "I'm convinced our lives are stories. Like all stories, our life stories are composed of settings, conflicts, and resolutions. Thankfully this episode of our story began to find some resolution after a few years. In the midst of all that stress, God really did provide for us..."