Looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Need something special for someone who doesn’t really need any more stuff? Look no further! You already have the capability to offer what people most want from you. These are the kinds of gifts anyone can give–but many of us rarely receive. They can’t be wrapped, […]
I’d like to introduce you to my friend Charity Muhammad. As you may know, I started a new job a few months ago, as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, and Charity is one of my co-workers. As I’ve gotten to know her and a bit of her story, I’ve become eager to tell you […]
When I reach the end of my life, assuming I see it coming, I think I will wish I still had all the time I wasted in worrying about the future. If I could collect all the hours I’ve spent in trying to see tomorrow, or shadowboxing “what if” scenarios, I wonder what they would […]
This Thanksgiving, in keeping with family tradition, to grandmother’s house we’ll go. We’ll go over the river and over the woods and over some more rivers and likely through some traffic once we land in Denver. We’ll have plenty of horsepower but no actual horses involved. While we’re there, as many people do, at some […]
Several years ago, when our children were small, I suffered a back injury that meant unexpected surgery and a long, miserable recovery period. Like many people experiencing a family crisis of one kind or another, we had trouble keeping up with the basic demands of life. I was working for a Christian publisher at the […]
I hope you’ll find encouragement in this guest post by Bethany Smith. Bethany is a writer, an educator, and a creative person. If you’re facing a creative challenge, I hope you’ll be inspired by her hard-won advice. Work, especially creative work, does not always come easily. We may have day jobs, families, mental or […]
Our society is frantic with worry. You’ve probably noticed. Worry is expected of responsible people. We equate worry with good citizenship and awareness. We actually pressure each other to keep worrying. We are expected to remain on emotional “high alert” as evidence that we care about the world around us. Other people want us to […]
I recently revisited an old post on this blog, and I was struck by how relevant still is and how helpful it might be to post it again (you can read the original here, if you’d like). Surrounded as we are by sales pitches, hysterical rhetoric, and outright propaganda, it’s far too easy for us […]
My new book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied, makes a counter-intuitive, counter-cultural claim: when we embrace our lack of satisfaction in this life, rather than try to deny or overcome it, God blesses us. And he blesses us not just in spite of the lack of fulfillment in our lives, but also in and through our […]
In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I share some thoughts here on the often-assumed connection between mental illness and violence. What can you do this week to help decrease stigma and fear?
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