How can I find the "good life?"

How can I heal and get past what's too hard to get over?

Can I increase my faith?

Can I find strength in tough times?

Does God still speak to us?

And what's so bad about profanity?

These questions and more were tackled in some of our featured articles in 2012. These articles all appeared on the Spiritual Life channel, and were ranked in popularity by pageviews.

We invite you now to take another look.

Top 12 Spiritual life Articles of 2012

crying12. When the Encourager Needs Encouragement by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Occasionally, all of us experience times when depression or discouragement creeps in unannounced. If you're an encourager, remember to encourage yourself in the Lord, to rest and recharge, and talk to trusted friends and loved ones.

Stress Relax11. How to Find the Good Life by Whitney Hopler

This article, based on Pete Wilson's book Empty Promises: The Truth About You, Your Desires, and the Lies You're Believing, points back to Jesus as the way to fulfillment. By breaking free of the idolatry of achievement, approval, power, money, religion, and appearance, we can truly experience the good life God wants for us.

10. How to Get Past What You'll Never Get Over by Whitney Hopler

This article, based on John F. Westfall's book Getting Past What You'll Never Get Over: Help for Dealing with Life's Hurts, admits that you can't always "get over" serious hardship. Some painful experiences irrevocably change your life. But will you invite God to help you get past it and continue with your life?

9. Three Ways to Increase Your Faith by Rebecca Barlow Jordan

How do you increase your faith? Rebecca Barlow Jordan used to struggle with this as a young Christian. But in time she's learned three simple ways to help build and increase our reliance on God.


boat8. How to Find Strength in Tough Times by Whitney Hopler

This article, based on Ron Wagley's book Finding Strength in Tough Times: A Biblical Approach for Conquering Life's Hardships, reminds Christians that we have access to the Holy Spirit, who will empower us to overcome each hardship we face when we ask God to help us.