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How an Unsatisfying Life Leads to Spiritual Freedom

So if you’ve been paying attention to my writing this year, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about the topic of my newest book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World. I’ve been talking about various reasons that embracing our unsatisfied condition is the best way to live. But […]

Guest Post: The Miracle of Medication

I hope you’ll enjoy this guest post by Katie Dale. Katie is a mental health worker, a writer, and an advocate for people who live with mental illness (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her writing). She’s frank, open, and brave about sharing her experiences with […]

How Can I Be Content When I’m Unsatisfied?

On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory, my type is INFJ. Among other things, this means I struggle with idealistic perfectionism. Here’s a quote from 16 Personalities, describing INFJs like me: “INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not […]

Why Isn’t Happiness Enough?

Pleasure takes many forms—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We have many words for emotional pleasure, including elation, euphoria, delight, bliss, and good cheer. But perhaps the best overarching word for this category of emotion is happiness. And boy, do we place heavy expectations on the shoulders of happiness—far more than it can ever meet. After all, […]

Unsatisfied? Don’t Confuse the Symptom with its Source

I don’t think any of us enjoys being sick. I certainly don’t. But not all forms of sick are created equal. Some are far easier to put up with than others. If I had to rank, by misery level, the symptoms that come along with the everyday bugs that tend to infect relatively healthy humans, […]

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

Go to Sleep…God Is Awake

These are stressful days in the Simpson household. With two high schoolers and a school counselor in our family, this time of year is always busy with end-of-year school demands. This year our oldest is a graduating senior, which means this month and next are even busier than usual. She’s looking ahead to college plans, […]

Your Current Living Arrangement Is Not Meant to Be Permanent

Have you given any thought to the absurdity of camping? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan–I love to camp with family and friends. But when I think about it, I realize it’s actually pretty weird. And as a recreational activity, intentionally done and considered fun, it makes sense only within the last 100 […]

Does It Even Matter What You Want? Absolutely.

If you think embracing unsatisfaction means spending your days mired in unappeased longing, think again. There’s no reason we should be aimless, and there’s no reason we can’t pursue fulfillment. Fulfillment is different from the kind of satisfaction our souls long for. Fulfillment means finding a match between our needs and desires and what will […]

We Have a Lot More to Live for Than Our Own Satisfaction

I’ve never been a Baptist, but I do love a good baptism. Christenings are heartwarming and unifying, but there’s something I relish about hearing people who have made their own choice describe their journey and their commitment to Christ, then watching them willingly “take the plunge” before witnesses. In fact, I’ll admit I need to […]

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