Spiritual Practice


Samantha Flores & Paul Cillo

Transitions happen whether we want them to or not. The most challenging one for me was my parents’ divorce.

I can’t say that I was surprised when my parents broke the news, but that didn’t make hearing the truth any easier. I thought their divorce meant that my family was broken, which made me feel more insecure.

I began to immerse myself in my church’s youth group activities. Youth group was a place where I could be free from the drama at home and a place where I could feel God’s presence. I felt safe enough to cry during worship and to confide in people whose prayers helped me get through the chaos.

“In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
John 16:33 (NRSV)

If you are facing difficult changes, find people who will walk beside you. And trust that God is with you always.

—Samantha Flores


BUILD A FOUNDATION: To withstand the storms of life, we can build our own strong foundations by developing a habit of prayer, immersing ourselves in the Bible, consulting wise mentors, and finding a supportive community. When life is good, I try to strengthen these practices so that I have support when I need it. When difficult times come, I rely on God and on the people and practices that God has placed in my life. A foundation built on faith is not easily shaken.

—Paul Cillo

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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